Transforming spaces into inspiring places through creative collaboration
Consultancy. Design. Furniture. Interior fit-out. Project management. Refurbishment.
Featherstone was set up for one reason: to allow our team of highly-experienced professionals to do work we are proud of. Yes, it does sound a bit corny. But as disruptors in a very traditional D&B sector we felt we had no option. The big firms we all worked for curtailed our creativity, stuck us in silos and used opaque charging to overcharge, putting their needs above their clients. In short, this way of business wasn’t working for us or for the businesses we worked for.
So, we now work the way we want to. That means we see projects through from start to finish giving us a real sense of ownership and achievement. We can now work collaboratively and closely with each client to really immerse ourselves in their business enabling us to create designs that truly inspire. And we keep things open with transparent charging and a tendering process that not only ensures best value, it also enables us to select the best of the best (whether that is a specialist contractor or a stunning piece of bespoke art).
It is a formula that works. We create places where people want to come and work, where they are encouraged to collaborate and feel motivated and inspired – spaces that we believe are extraordinary.
As a result of our collaborative, creative and client-centred culture, Featherstone is now a multi-million pound turnover business. We have attracted more talented and experienced professionals to work with us – because they want to work the way we work. Our approach also works for our clients (in fact, much of our business is repeat business with our clients returning to Featherstone when they move and grow).
Featherstone has worked in some of the most iconic buildings – such as the Scalpel, in the heart of the city – with some of the biggest brands – including Beats by Dre – and in some of the most exciting sectors and with some of the most innovative start-ups.
However, we pick our clients as much as they pick us.
We love to work on projects that make a difference, that meet a need in society. So, we are pleased to be working to build a new Mary Ward Centre, in Stratford, where this amazing charity will continue to inspire, educate and support the local community as it has done for more than 100 years in its historic home in Holborn.
Featherstone has worked with a number of charities and non-profits including 80,000 hours, an innovative charity that inspires people to make more of their working lives by helping to solve the world’s most pressing problems. We have also designed and refurbished offices for Purpose, the social impact agency that collaborates with philanthropies and companies to help put purpose and participation at the core of what they do. Featherstone also helped create a new home for CEME an East London-based regeneration charity that is a catalyst for economic growth within East London and the Thames Gateway.
Recycling, reusing and reducing waste are at the heart of our project management approach. We are working with the Mary Ward Centre to create an astounding new building funded by the Mayor’s Fund and as part of our remit we are incorporating sustainability into the procurement process – rainwater harvesting, living roofs and walls and reusing and recycling much-loved treasures from their historic home.
We relish working on projects such as this where sustainability is not an afterthought or a box to be ticked, but an inherent and integral part of the design and build process.
Featherstone also lives and breathes this approach encouraging our team to use technology to work remotely, cutting down on commuting hours and pollution. It’s not just about the environment, but the working environment too – and how, when and where we work. We are very much a family-friendly business – unusual in the traditionally male dominated construction and D&B sector - so flexible hours are something that we all enjoy. How can we advise our clients on new, more collaborative and more productive ways of working, if we don’t work this way ourselves?
We are particularly proud of our latest planned project, the Featherstone Forest, which we are currently scouring the UK to find and purchase. We are heading towards a Zero Carbon future and plan to help achieve this ambitious goal.