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Louise Hart, Senior interior and spatial designer, Atkins


Senior interior and spatial designer

When did you join Atkins?

 April 2007.

 Why did you join Atkins?

 I was interested in taking on more of a creative role than I had previously been doing and also wanted the chance to progress my skills and knowledge as an interior designer.

 What did you do before you joined Atkins?

 I worked for AWW Architects and Hewlett Packard as a space planner.

 How would you describe your role and responsibilities?

 My role and responsibilities range from conceptual design, producing visual presentations, designing architectural layouts and elevations, detail design of fitted items such as reception desks, researching products and materials, writing specification documents, to client meetings and co-ordinating with contractors on site. I also work alongside architects and co-ordinate with other disciplines on projects. I also lead a team of designers and co-ordinate all our projects on a daily basis.

 How do you describe what you do to friends and family?

 I would describe what I do as a complex design role with many different elements, responsibilities and varying challenges.

 Do you have any professional accreditations?

 I am a chartered member of the British Interior Design Association. 
What key projects have you worked on?

 I have worked on lots of care home projects such as West Hall in Surrey; also many school education projects and some higher education projects such as Poltair School, Budmouth Technology College, Penistone College, Exeter University Reed Hall and Eastpoint Conference Centre.

 What are you currently working on?

 I am currently working on two refurbishments for Exeter University which are on site now and will be complete in time for the new academic year.

 What achievement are you most proud of?

 I am most proud of West Hall as it won “Best Interior” at the National Dementia Awards 2012 and has set the bar for high-end care homes.

 What’s the most technically challenging project you’ve worked on at Atkins?

 A recent military project over the last year was the first project I addressed using BIM. The experience has enabled me and the team to get to grips with the system and has showed us how we can save time and improve accuracy working in this way.
The Atkins factor
How has your career developed at Atkins?

 I began as a junior interior designer and have worked up to a senior role with much more responsibility, such as managing projects and workload for the team, and sourcing and bidding for work.

 How have you been supported during your career development?

 I have learnt a lot by being part of a talented, busy team but have also been given the chance to get out there and gain experience from working on interesting and varied projects.

 How do interior designers and Atkins make a difference?

 Interior designers add a certain element to a project and within Atkins this means bringing the work of the other disciplines together and making it all work as a finished product. This means delivering an end product to the client which will add value to their business and make their spaces work to their full potential.
 How would you describe the culture at Atkins?

 Atkins has many opportunities within the business, whether it is to learn or develop skills in a certain field, further your experience within the business world or work abroad.

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