The start of our 15th anniversary celebrations

By Hannah Mellow on 3 March 2017

On Thursday 16th February we ‘kicked off’ our 15th anniversary celebrations with some of our key partners from over the years.

Looking back

Spacelab’s founding partners, Andrew and Nathan, took everyone on a trip down 'memory lane'. Starting from the beginning.

In 2002, to commemorate Spacelab's founding year, Andrew and Nathan received this commemorative plate from a close family member. And we still have it in the office today.

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That same year, our first project, Westlake House, was featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs programme. We then went on to win a RIBA Design Award for it in 2003.

One of the highlights for Andrew and Nathan over the years was winning a RIBA Design Award in 2005 for the design of Great Ormond Street Hospital’s The Orangery. At the time, they couldn't believe (they still can't) that such a young company would be selected for the award. In the same year, the same project was also shortlisted for the prestigious Stephen Lawrence Award and mid-listed for Britain’s top architectural accolade, the Stirling Prize.


Some of the other highlights of this 15 year journey, for Andrew and Nathan, were scooping the national BCO award for best refurbished / recycled workplace in 2012 for our transformation of Virgin Money's headquarters in Edinburgh and the BD Interior Architect of the Year Award in 2014. They recalled standing on stage and celebrating with all their colleagues:

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Looking to the future

Our success over the last 15 years can be attributed to Spacelab’s evidence-based and people-centred approach. We’re:


And on Thursday we asked everyone in the room to join us on our mission – to create spaces for people to feel good and be great. But we don’t want to stop there. We want to revolutionise how the people use and view space. It’s not about the designer. We're here to design great spaces that solve problems, support individuals and help them achieve more.

Which brings us to the big announcement of the night – the launch of The Lab Foundation. We will donate 10% of our profits – in time and skills as well as cash – to projects that strive to empower individuals and communities within the arts, housing, education and social welfare.

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Carefully considered, well-designed and beautiful spaces really can make a difference.

Here's a photo album of Thursday night's celebrations.

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