Ryder Strengthens Interiors Offer

Having joined Ryder Architecture in 2021 and subsequently established a growing national portfolio, interior design specialists Ward Robinson Design, have now become part of the core Ryder brand.

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Following many years of successful collaboration as separate businesses, Ward Robinson Design joined the Ryder stable three years ago with the aim of increasing opportunities for joint working and expanding their reach beyond north east England.

Since then, the Ward Robinson Design and Ryder teams have secured and delivered many project successes together, including Home Group and Sage Group Headquarters in Newcastle, Tombola Campus in Sunderland, HMRC India Buildings in Liverpool, Hornby Hobbies in Margate, as well as offices for Bupa and West Kowloon Cultural District Authority in Hong Kong.

Ryder has also added to its London interior design capability by welcoming RFK, designers working principally in the retail, hospitality, museum and culture sectors, to integrate specialist knowledge with global presence and multidisciplinary design.  Following an extended period of collaboration, founders Alan Farlie and Debby Kuypers, and interior designer Louisa Turner joined Ryder from RFK on 1 May and bring with them clients such as The British Library, The British Museum, The National Gallery and the V&A Museum.

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Mark Thompson, managing partner at Ryder, said, “We are delighted to be taking the next step in cementing and building on our interior design capability.  Evolving the Ward Robinson brand our core Ryder offer provides a seamless service, whilst the addition of the team from RFK expands our portfolio, particularly in the south.  Whether we are providing architectural services, or interior design expertise – or both – clients will enjoy the same trusted and quality service under a single name.  Looking ahead, we are confident that the Ryder interiors team will continue to grow in scope and ambition.

“This repositioning of interiors, coincides with the ongoing evolution of the Ryder brand as we launch our new website and continue to invest to support our dynamic teams.”

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Brian Taylor, co founder of Ward Robinson Design, now part of the Ryder interiors team, added, “When joining Ryder one of our prime aims was to capitalise on the greater reach that being part of an international design practice provides.  Seeing the range of projects, both nationally and internationally, that we have delivered, I think that aim has been very demonstrably achieved.  We now look forward to building on that success and continuing our tailored client experience as we become part of the Ryder brand.  More exciting times ahead for the team!”

Debby Kuypers, formerly RFK Architects, now part of the Ryder interiors team, said, “At RFK we have established a strong portfolio of work in the cultural and retail sectors over many years – joining Ryder gives us the opportunity to build on those existing client relationships.  Working as part of a larger multidisciplinary practice will allow us to further expand our collection of work, taking on larger projects, as well as sharing our expertise and knowledge with the wider team.”

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