Visitor Hub for Temple Newsam House

Welcome Hub for Temple Newsam, Leeds.

Project Brief

As part of our design project to help Temple Newsam House in Leeds make its visitor  information more accessible, we were commissioned to design a piece of furniture to act as a welcome hub. This was in addition to 35 interpretation stands for displaying artefact information for visitors (read more about the interpretation stands).

The brief was to create something hard-wearing and understated which can be accessed easily from all sides. The welcome hub will be used to store guides, trails and other visitor information.

What we did

During the design process we submitted different approaches to the brief and worked with the team at Temple Newsam to make sure the finished hub would be as practical and easy to use as possible.

The design is streamlined, elegant and easy to use. We used solid oak and oak veneered birch ply, which are hardwearing and well-suited to the minimalist style we were aiming for.

This project made excellent use of the CAD/CAM and CNC capability in our workshop and the fact that we manufacture in Leeds meant we only had a short journey to make to deliver the finished hub and see it in position.


  • Made using solid oak with oak veneered birch ply finish for strength and durability.
  • Accessible from all sides to avoid visitors having to queue or wait.
  • Sleek design which is understated enough not to draw attention from the beautiful surroundings.
  • Designed and manufactured locally in our Leeds workshop making excellent use of our in-house CAD/CAM and CNC capabilities.
  • Engineered with castors for easy movement giving extra flexibility to the welcome space.
  • The curved doors thicken out at the hinge side to give more strength to the hinge mechanism.

What the customer said

“A really satisfying project to work together on. I’m super happy with the finished result, which looks and feel really classy.”