Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Berghaus Headquarters Given Bright New Look; OFFICE LIFE

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Berghaus Headquarters Given Bright New Look; OFFICE LIFE

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Byline: COREENA FORD coreena.ford@ncjmedia.co.uk

IT'S famed for its outdoor range, but Berghaus's latest innovation shows it's just as good at indoor brilliance.

The North East brand has just completed a complete refurbishment of its global headquarters in Sunderland, investing a significant amount into the project, which has been almost two years in the making.

The refurbishment, which began early in 2014, has involved major upgrades to both floors of the building, which was constructed for the company in 1999.

Founded in Newcastle in 1966, Berghaus has always been based in the North East, and moved to its purpose-built site on Sunderland Enterprise Park six years after it was bought out by London-based Pentland Brands.

Although minor work has been undertaken in the intervening years, this is the first full refurbishment of the headquarters, and came on the back of Berghaus signing a new 13-year lease.

The Berghaus office refurbishment project was led by the company's HR director, Sarah Middleton, with regular input from representatives of departments across the business.

Interior design work and planning was managed by Katie Greenyer, creative director at fellow Pentland brand Red or Dead, with the work completed by a series of contractors.

The brief was to deliver a very practical work space that also reflected the company's "Live for Adventure" brand message and encouraged a collaborative, creative environment for staff who are based in Sunderland.

Although products are not manufactured or warehoused in the Berghaus headquarters, all design and development work takes place on site, including for products introduced by the dedicated MtnHaus innovation team. The building houses a product and materials testing laboratory, pattern cutting and sample room, and facilities for the team of clothing, footwear, rucksacks and accessories designers. …

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