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Meet Sally – Our Senior Interior Designer


The DV8 team is growing! This month we welcome our newest team member Sally who joins us as Senior Interior Designer.

With over 20 years’ experience in Commercial Interior Design, specialising in Bars, Restaurants & Hotels, Sally is another perfect fit for the DV8 family.



We are hiring!


Are you a Senior Designer ready to take the next step in your career or a Creative Director looking for the next challenge… well look no further, we’re hiring! We are looking for a talented Creative Director to join our award-winning team – could you fit the bill?



Welcome to Team DV8 – Charlotte & Ellie!


We'd like to say a warm welcome to our two newest team members, Charlotte and Ellie!



DV8 Hospitality – The Spread Eagle, Mellor


With a prime, elevated location overlooking the Ribble Valley and rolling Lancashire countryside, North West based architecture and interior design company DV8 Designs has transformed an underused external terrace at The Spread Eagle, Mellor into a beautiful outside dining location, truly maximising on those infamous Ribble Valley views. Using beautiful design features such as external …



DV8 Appointed to Work With Aspire Once More


We are delighted to say that we have once again been appointed to work with Aspire, the prestigious airport lounge brand owned by Swissport. Following our successful rebrand opening of the award winning Aspire Edinburgh Lounge in 2019, DV8 were also appointed to refurbish the Aspire London Luton Airport Lounge, which has gained us finalist …



Meet Our New Studio Manager


Meet Mel, our new studio manager! Mel joins us from Warrington PR & SEO agency No Brainer, and will help drive the  business operations of the company – from strategy and procedures, to finance, wellbeing and HR! She has studied interior design and considers it a hobby too, so we’re in great hands! A mum …



Mix Interiors Mixology Award Finalist 2021!


We are delighted to announce that we are a finalist in the 2021 Mix Interiors Mixology Awards for project of the year (Bar & Leisure Interiors) for our work on Aspire Airport Lounges Luton Airport!



Classy, Sassy, and a bit Kick-Assy!


When a brief comes our way to design something with true SASS, we get really excited. We’re always on top of new and emerging trends, and consistently work with our suppliers to ensure each project is synonymous with the brand. .  



Commercial Project Spotlight: St Nicholas House


DV8 commercial were appointed to look at redesigning the communal areas, drawing inspiration from the iconic St Nicholas Church...



The Horse and Farrier, Manchester Completion


DV8 are delighted to see our clients reopen their doors once more after a year of uncertainty. Handed over recently, was the Horse & Farrier in Gatley, Manchester. A renowned pub for Hydes Brewery, the pub has now benefitted from a makeover with a transformation of both interior and exterior space.  



The Spread Eagle, Mellor Completion


It was a pleasure to hand over the family owned, countryside pub and kitchen, The Spread Eagle at Mellor, Blackburn recently.  



All The Fun of the Seaside – Southport Market


Working alongside Sefton Council, DV8 Designs team have been key in helping to transform and reimagine this prime asset as an enabler to help reinvigorate and regenerate the town. Southport Market opened in 1857. The current building is the second version of the design and retains its classic Victoria form.



The Office of the Future


We are no strangers to evolving workspaces, having designed and created flexible working environments for commercial clients over the last 5 years – throughout the UK.



Commercial Project Spotlight: Southport Market


This year we’ve been working alongside Sefton Council to transform the historical Southport Market in the popular North West seaside town. We’re pleased to say that progress is coming along nicely, with new extraction and ventilation delivered and ready for installation over the 11 exciting new food units within the main hall.



DV8 Mark 15 Years in Business in 2021


This year we are proud to be marking 15 years in business, celebrating our anniversary earlier in the year. It also marked the beginning of a cultural reawakening, as we began to emerge from a year of lockdowns and restrictions throughout a global pandemic.



The Past Few Months at DV8


As we all know it's been a difficult time over the past few months, but we’re back into the full swing of designing and project managing here at DV8!

We’ve had various site completions since being back including the second refurbishment for Swissport at Luton Aspire Lounge; which opened its doors last week. and we're very proud to say it has received excellent reviews! We aimed to push the design further whilst still relating to the original brand identity we created at Edinburgh. Head over to our Instagram to see more photos of the completed site!



Winners of Bar & Leisure Interiors: Project of the year!


We are unbelievably proud to announce that we are the Mixology North 2019 winners of Project of the Year: Bar & Leisure Interiors with the Liverpool Gin Distillery!What an amazing night for our team with our first win under our belt. It was a great way to begin the festive season and it felt extra …



We’re finalists!


Our concept and completed design for The Liverpool Gin Distillery has been shortlisted for Restaurant & Bar Design at this years Northern Design Awards. We all absolutely loved working on this project and it makes us so happy that our hard work has been recognised! DV8 Designs have also been shortlisted for Commercial Interior Design …



Release The Quacken!


It’s that time of year again… Our entry for Birchwood Park ‘s annual Duck Dash is ready to go – We would like to introduce you all to ‘Release The Quacken’. Occupiers are challenged to get creative with a yellow plastic duck to compete for best dressed, but all entries also have to make it …



DV8 Designs take on ‘It’s a Knockout’…Round two!


It’s a knockout returned to Birchwood Park this week just as the summer finally arrived and Team DV8 were ready for battle. Teaming up with site owners Patrizia, we took on slippery inflatable slides, wet sponge catapults, banana fancy dress and more! While we may not have won (this time) we all had a fantastic …



Opening Soon… The Jolly Sailor


It’s not long to go until the grand opening of our latest pub renovation, The Jolly Sailor. Built in 1895, the landmark pub has undergone a full interior refurbishment and external adaptions to the side and rear elevations including a new Orangery extension with two new feature roof lights. The Jolly Sailor will be our …



DV8 Designs take on The Great Manchester Run!


In May our MD Lee Birchall along with two of our designers Lizzi and Dominic took on The Great Manchester Run. They each ran 10K through Manchester city centre in to raise money for our chosen charity – Hospitality Action – a charity for the hospitality industry, supporting current or past employees who have fallen …



The Black Bull, Howarth


We have recently completed The Black Bull in Howarth, a quaint little village pub steeped in history. Working with EI Group and WHB Construction, we refurbished the existing site, introducing new colours, fabrics, furniture and lighting to create an eclectic and homely feel. We focused the bric a brac around the Brontë family. The Brontë sisters …



Liverpool Gin Distillery Time Lapse


From construction to the finished product; Seven Creative Movies have created this exclusive short film that showcases our design at The Liverpool Gin Distillery. Beginning with a site progress time lapse, we can see how the grade II listed building was adapted to suit the new scheme as the space starts to take shape. This …



DV8 Designs Turns 13!


It’s our birthday!   DV8 Designs turns 13 on Saturday the 16th of March, so we will be raising a glass today to our 13 years of growth and success and many more to come …Cheers! Thankyou to TJM Projects for the birthday treats!



The Spitfire Pub & Kitchen, Ainsdale


DV8 Designs have recently completed The Spitfire Pub & Kitchen, Ainsdale. We were appointed by EI Group to refurbish an existing site in Ainsdale into a family friendly pub which has been re-branded as The Spitfire Pub & Kitchen in a nod to the significance of the aircraft’s World War II past at nearby RAF …



Premier Hospitality Magazine


Check out the latest edition of Premier Hospitality Magazine to see our feature on our fourth completed Castle Street project – Liverpool Gin Distillery. We discuss the structural challenges of redesigning an existing and listed building and also our love for the city of Liverpool! Read the full article in the link below…  http://online.fliphtml5.com/xahs/cqfr/index.html …    …



The Cunard Building, Liverpool


DV8 Designs were commissioned in early 2018 to redesign the reception and lobby area for the prestigious Grade II* listed Cunard Building, one of Liverpool’s Three Graces which create the well-loved waterfront skyline. Working alongside Liverpool Council and appointed conservation officers, our brief was to design a new reception counter and soft seating area that …



Warrington Town Football Club match sponsorship!


DV8 Designs are proud to have sponsored Warrington Town Football Club’s match against Grantham Town on Saturday the 26th of January. Our MD Lee Birchall is a proud supporter of Warrington Town FC and so spirits are high this week as The Yellows won the match!  



DV8 Christmas 2018


We started our celebrations in the DV8 offices with Christmas music and our annual Secret Santa exchange.  This year to celebrate we decided to stray away from the traditional sit-down meal and try something a little different! We stayed in the famous Hard Days Night Hotel in Liverpool and explored the Baltic Triangle, stopping in …



Mixology North 2018


It’s that time of year again! The DV8 ladies put on their best dresses and attended Mixology North for a night of networking and safari-themed fun. We would like to thank Connection, Havwoods, Ted Todd, Office Innovations, Tarkett and Desso for kindly inviting our staff.



Zaranda, West Didsbury


DV8 Designs have recently completed the refurbishment and rebrand of West Didsbury’s latest edition – Zaranda. It is a plush cocktail and music bar with accents of art deco throughout the design. The name Zaranda has African origins and our client was keen to keep a ethnic feel running through the space which we have …



Inspiring the next generation at School Careers Day


Our director Lee Birchall got involved in careers day at his son’s primary school to give the children an insight into what a career in interior design and architecture could look like. Equipped with physical sample boards, plans and visuals – Lee worked with the children and tried to inspire some budding designers and architects …



Havwoods Manchester showroom opening night


Havwoods opened a new showroom in Manchester in September and we were lucky enough to be invited to the launch event. The opening night was a great way to meet other designers and discuss new products as the newly fit-out space gives customers an interactive way to view the diverse range of products that Havwoods …



One Small Step charity walk!


In July the DV8 team and friends completed the annual ‘One Small Step’ 12.5 mile walk organised by Almond Family Pubs to raise money for Prader Willi Syndrome. We managed to raise £375 towards the grand total, which was a massive £11,500! We had the perfect weather for the event and all had an amazing …



Delamere Forest Commando Trail


Three members of the DV8 team took part in the Delamere Commando Trail on Sunday 16th July. The trail covered a mighty 10K distance and is set in the outstanding Delamere Forest Park. The course ran through multi-terrain and varying underfoot conditions. Participants also had to overcome obstacles such as walls to climb over, tunnels to slide …



Liverpool Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon


On Sunday 28th May, three members of our team completed the Liverpool Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon! Since 1998, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series has made running fun by infusing the course with live bands, cheer teams, and creating a block-party atmosphere for participants and spectators. It was a fantastic start to the week for them …



THE HESKETH IS COMPLETE!


We are proud to announce that The Hesketh in Cheadle Hulme is complete and reopened for business! Working alongside The Almond Pub Group, this 1860’s local community pub was in need for a ‘sparkle’ to update its traditionally charming interior. Formally known as ‘The Hesketh Tavern’, this pub and carvery is a functional, family friendly favourite …



Leasowe Castle Hotel appointment


We are proud to announce that we have been appointed to redesign elements within Leasowe Castle Hotel in Moreton. Leasowe Castle is a unique grade II listed, historic hotel overlooking the stunning Wirral coastline and our brief is to refurbish 7 bedrooms, 2 trade areas and the reception area. Bringing the hotel into the 21st Century …



St Rocco’s Hospice Dragon Boat Race


On Sunday 30th July, four members of the DV8 team traded in site jackets for life jackets for the St Rocco’s Hospice Dragon Boat Race at Warrington Boat Club to help raise funds for St Rocco’s Hospice. The event was a great team building opportunity competing against other local teams on the River Mersey. The …



GRAFTERS AWARDS – NORTH WEST


Back in March, we were nominated for not just one, but three categories in The Grafters Awards – North West! Grafters is the only organisation solely dedicated to networking and celebrating the North West Construction Industry. We were nominated for ‘Best Hospitality Interior and Design’, ‘Best Commercial Interior Designer’, and ‘Best Commercial Design’. The winners …

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