Two leading design studios have combined to create a new centre of excellence for a Lancashire charity.
The Frank Whittle Partnership (FWP) and Hemingway Design have been appointed by Galloway’s Society for the Blind to transform a former newspaper office in Morecambe into a state of the art centre for people living with sight loss.
FWP is masterplanning the project from the drawing board, through the planning process to construction.
The Preston-based company is collaborating with acclaimed design experts Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway’s company to develop plans to turn the former Morecambe Visitor offices in the town into a modern multi-use centre for blind and partially sighted people.
The North West-based charity has bought the town centre building from Johnston Press, which also owns the Lancashire Evening Post.
Morecambe-born Wayne Hemingway will work on the overall concept, branding, innovation and the interiors of the building.
Stuart Clayton, chief executive of Galloway’s, said: “Galloway’s Society for the Blind has provided a service for blind and partially-sighted people living in North Lancashire since 1958 and this new building will allow us to deliver innovative services for the local area.”
Neil Ainsworth, Partner at FWP, said: “The building has massive potential for the charity.”
Wayne Hemingway said: “As someone who was born in Morecambe I am delighted to be working with a charity that has put so much into the community and has such ambitious plans to do even more.”
The Morecamber Visitor has relocated to new offices.