Breaking out: A positive beginning to the end of lockdown

Behind the scenes at Blueprint we’ve been keeping busy with clients and the challenges the new world faces with supply and demand. After a promising announcement from the government , we’re looking forward to reopening our doors and doing business face to face once again. With a view to keeping up appearances, we’re carrying out a light refurbishment and removing decades of old and damaged rendering from the front of our office studio, revealing some lovely stonework beneath. Much to the delight of many intrigued passers-by, the stone is here to stay!

In light of this recent transformation-in-progress we thought it would be interesting to write a small post to give you some insight into the pub come design studio that Blueprint inhabits.

Before becoming Blueprint Product Solutions, the building was formerly known as ‘The Old Market Arms’ A pub on market street in Keighley, a West Yorkshire town famous for being the home of Timothy Taylors Brewery and, for a brief spell, Peter Mayhew, the actor famous for playing Chewbacca in Star Wars’ original trilogy. Yorkshire’s rich industrial heritage puts The Old Market Arms in a fantastic central location to access decades of manufacturing knowledge and expertise around us, as a result,  after a short stint as a hair salon, Blueprint acquired the building in 2012

The Old Market Arms up for sale before Blueprint acquired the building in 2012

Since then, it has had a complete interior refurbishment, repurposing the building into a product design studio and commercial offices with enough space to house over 40 years of industrial design experience (but no pool table, yet).

For us, pulling back the rendering represents a new beginning and, like a phoenix rising from the ashes, this centuries old building and the design consultancy within it, is ready for a new age of innovation.

We urge you to come down to Blueprint, to talk industrial design and manufacturing, or, to see the new fascia if nothing else.