The Leicester Children’s Holiday Charity asked for my help to raise their profile within the Highcross shopping centre in Leicester. I met with the team, & then created this brief & case study.

“During lockdown 2 and 3, we had the opportunity to open our new Charity Visitor centre at the Highcross shopping centre. We were only open for three weeks during Christmas, but the refit and new design pulled in the customers.

They absolutely had no idea what we did, and yes, that was the whole point! Thanks to Sarah’s creative skills, during lockdown she helped us to create a modern, fresh, and vibrant experience for all of our stakeholders, including our corporate partners, our shopping centre landlord.

For a charity that is 123 years old, we now have a zip wire in the middle of the unit with a mannequin coming down and bikes positioned on our gallery wall. We are now finally rebuilding a relationship with the community and, hopefully, with Sarah’s help, we will support the children of Leicestershire and Rutland for another 100 years. Thank you Sarah!”
Parvez Bhatty – Trustee and Chair, Leicester Children’s Holidays

The Project
This project was a no brainer for me. The chance to work with a local charity, to give a little back & it was totally up my street with regards to its objective, sense of fun & vibrance. LCH wanted to create an engaging space to welcome the families they help & potential clients to showcase the holidays they offer, share the heritage of the charity & offer a retail space from which they could raise funds.

The design proposal aimed to introduce the adventure of the great outdoors, bring some drama & wow through large graphics & 3D elements & used the height of the space. The charity’s history runs around the perimeter & furniture options were suggested to allow for a flexible space that can change easily between different promotions & switch to an auditorium for corporate presentations.

I offered my full design service, taking the initial brief, attending a site visit (pre-lockdown), developing 3D visual representations of the space as well as offering suggestions for sourcing furniture, graphic designers for the wall graphics & the timeline & 3D finishing elements. I worked closely with the charity’s team to fine tune the design for their presentations to the board & to the Highcross Centre for approval.

Have a read of my other blogs, including How does the Interior Design process work.