Premier Hospitality Magazine features The Fox, Harpenden

The Fox, Harpenden is a true representation of the Premium Country Pub brand for Mitchells & Butlers. JMDA recently refurbished this site and converted it into a welcoming and memorable country pub that oozes historical charm and is the ideal retreat for a variety of food and drinks; cocktails being our desired favourite!

We were delighted when Premier Hospitality Magazine featured The Fox in one of its latest publications, which discusses the brief and how JMDA worked to transform the site both aesthetically and operationally. An autumnal pallet was implemented alongside inspiration driven from a woodland fox; accents of oranges and greens compliment icy blue tones to create a warming and inviting setting (not so warming at a snowy handover!!).

With the option to hold 126 guests, the site now features a new VIP area for larger parties, increased dining and bar drinking areas and a new lounge area. Softer furniture including sofas and upholstered coffee tables have been included for guests to enjoy and have enhanced the natural charisma of the site. Printed plush velvets are used throughout the site along with a new bespoke lighting scheme complete in antique brass. Finishing touches such as artwork, wall coverings and internal planting fall back to the woodland fox concept, a personal favourite being the character heads of the promiscuous fox.

Our relationship with Premier Hospitality Magazine is flourishing and we are looking forward to showcasing our future work with them. We are currently working in full swing behind the scenes to do so…

Talk of the town… our latest local project is revealed!

JMDA are currently working away behind the scenes on an impressive new Steakhouse concept for local restaurateur currently based in York, Harrogate and Beverley. As the project ramps up the team are getting more excited to see the concept come to life in JMDA’s hometown of York.  Situated in the heritage area of Sampson Square JMDA have dug deep in the archives to create a concept driven by heritage, royal jewels and the famous ‘Battle of the Roses’.

Serving Steak and Craft Ales, the restaurant will house 142 guests and will be host to a lavish central bar dressed in rich blue tiles and topped with an oxidized copper servery. An illuminated front and impressive lighting feature will showcase the heart of the restaurant, serving cocktails, ales and wines. As the circular radios expands across the space the dining covers begin to take shape, from mid height two tops with timber screen protection to large party dining booths. A feature stair case constructed in timber and steel will be juxtaposed with an elegant sky lantern, neon signage and brass metal work to the existing brick of the previous retail outlet.

The design will also feature an open kitchen pass which will showcase the chef’s skills and the quality of the products. Sight lines are kept clear throughout the space in order to create ‘food theatre’ seen by all, an element that is key to the brand development.

It’s not only us who are excited about the design, Insider Media Ltd have recently featured JMDA and the proposed scheme in the article below. We can’t wait for a team night out once it’s opened, keep looking on our website for the big reveal!

The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge… to the top!

JMDA’s latest challenge featured three peaks, torrential rain, lots of mud and plenty of blistered feet!!

The Yorkshire Three Peak’s was JMDA’s latest team bonding exercise and, although the faces at the end didn’t show it, we secretly think everyone enjoyed it! The challenge consisted of three peaks over 24 miles; Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough with a task time of under 12 hours.

Up for the challenge, the team set off up the biggest (Whernside) at 8am and you can see by everyone’s facial expressions the anticipation was eating away at them! Throughout the day we saw a couple of broken soles (and souls!), swollen hands and plenty of perspiration (and perseverance!).

Despite the weather, the views from the top made it all worth it. A very successful time of 10 hours 40 was achieved by some, with the rest of the team following closely in a time of just over 11 hours. With everyone all safely back at base, the team nestled into the local watering hole and tucked into some hearty pub grub and a ‘few’ beverages, ending the night in the bunk houses on site – premium digs, some may say. It’s safe to say the walking boots are locked away for another year…

JMDA are currently planning their next challenge, any ideas are greatly welcomed!!

And just like that.. we are on TV!

Another week, another feature for JMDA! This time JMDA have featured not once, but twice on our television screens in the past week. Alec’s eye for detail hasn’t gone unnoticed as he spotted some of our recent work in the latest episode of The Jamie & Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast and the last in the series of The Undateables.


What a treat is was to see our work through the eye of the TV… The Undateables featured The Corner House in Cardiff which is one of our favourite jobs so far for Mitchell & Butlers and the Tree Top Adventure Golf in Cardiff. The Undateables is one of those guilty programmes, you shouldn’t love it, but you do. However, there is a lot to love about the Corner House in Cardiff; bespoke artwork pieces showcasing the city landmarks, statement fabrics both on feature chairs and fixed seating, and complimenting bric a brac to suit. The Corner House is the ideal setting for any date night and we aren’t the only ones to think so! The Tree Top Adventure is also a pretty cool hang out spot in Cardiff, with levels of themed golf courses to test even the professionals. The rustic Brazilian interior hosts a variety of textured materials, a bold colour scheme and some modish furniture.

Jamie & Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast featured The Anchor Inn, a recent job for Palmers. Jamie and Jimmy cook mouth-watering dishes alongside guests; Craig David being the latest feature. The Anchor Inn is the ideal seaside spot for any couple with natural, earthy materials making you embrace the local surrounding. The nautical theme was carefully considered with subtle hints in the light fixtures, framed art work and soft furnishings.

Watch the latest episodes here..

JMDA feature in Premier Hospitality magazine

It’s always great to be featured in one of the leading hospitality magazines! JMDA’s recent partnership with Whitbread has been featured in the latest Premier Hospitality magazine; discussing the new concept and design. JMDA are continuously growing the new Cookhouse & Pub brand and with some more secured sites in the pipe line, it’s always a treat to read about there success.

Cookhouse & Pub’s exciting new design elements have carefully been considered to offer a great alternative for the everyday individual. The brands new identity is all about the hearty, homemade, natural feel and this is portrayed through a theatre kitchen, exposed brick work, feature walls with chopping boards and hand stencilled stories – your typical pub classic; a cosy fire! The attention to detail is prominent through the sites with bespoke fabrics which are co-ordinated with pops of accent colour and cheerful light fittings.

JMDA are looking forward to continuing their relationship with the Whitbread team and everyone involved on the new Cookhouse & Pub brand, check out the article for yourself….

Cookhouse and Pub


JMDA receive M&B Pride Award

With Christmas done and dusted we would like to wish you all a healthy and happy 2018! New Year has kicked off strong for JMDA with site visits, new concepts design and nitty gritty detailing!!
Leeds office had the pleasure of welcoming a familiar face from the Mitchells & Butlers team; Stuart Tucker. JMDA have been working with Stuart and the rest of the team now for over two years on their Premium Country Pub brand, developing a great relationship with everyone involved, which has resulted in a portfolio of successful projects.
Lauren Milner, Associate Designer here at JMDA, has been leading the Mitchells & Butlers jobs since the early days and her ‘design savvy’ ways have enabled the brand to flourish and exceed client expectations. Lauren’s attention to detail and her admiration for colour and pattern are reflected in these hearty country pubs. When Lauren isn’t in the Leeds office, she spends her time on the road attending site meetings and building a relationship with PCP team. Lauren’s hard work over the past couple of years hasn’t gone unnoticed…
Every year Mitchell and Butlers are asked to put forward “Someone who has gone that extra mile for the company, someone who has stood out to us all.”

This year Lauren Milner and the rest of the JMDA team have welcomed the Pride Award from Mitchells & Butlers. Lauren’s dedication and commitment to the company has been noticed by the Premium Country Pub brand resulting in her bringing home the award on behalf of the team. A glass etched brick addressed to Lauren and the team will take pride of place in the Leeds office and will be a great reminder of the success of the past couple of years. Overwhelmed by the surprise JMDA headed for lunch with a glass of bubbly or two to celebrate and settle the hysteria.

This award’s highlights the hardworking ethics of the ever growing team and the team’s ability to deliver and develop with the client… we take great pride and honour in receiving this award, as we do with all our work, long may it continue.
2018 we are ready for you!!

Cookhouse & Pub Launches


Last month, Whitbread launched its newest brand, Cookhouse and Pub, at its first site in Oldbury. The new venture aims to re-invent the pub dining experience, providing the quality food and service of an all-day informal restaurant, combined with the relaxed vibe and affordability of a pub. As such, an innovative new take on a traditional formula required a suitably innovative interior design: one which JMDA was excited to be challenged with.


With an impressive 4,519 square-foot site to make use of, the interior of Cookhouse and Pub was designed to uplift traditional gastro-pub decor with fresh, bright colours and plenty of natural materials. Rich, honey-toned wood forms the backbone of the site’s scheme, accented with a consistent palette of vibrant orange and cool blues.


As an all-day venue, the interior of Cookhouse and Pub had to support a variety of uses. Plenty of open space allows for flexible seating arrangements, whilst the orange and blue accents preserve the mood through both daytime and nighttime service. Being such a large site, it was important to consider the privacy of patrons: wooden half-height dividers and semi-private tables ensure that customers never feel exposed, and preserves the cosy feeling of traditional pubs during evening service.


Perhaps one of the most impressive features of Cookhouse and Pub is the sheer scale and style of its 41-cover bar, topped with stunning marble and split-clad in blue herringbone and natural wood paneling. Copper makes a decisive appearance both in the main bar and the counter of the open kitchen, adding some subtle metallic accents to the interior.


Of course, this is just the first of four Cookhouse and Pub sites opening around the UK, and we’re looking forward to unveiling the interiors for the other locations! In the meantime, check out the full gallery of photos here.

Marston’s House Highly Commended by BCO


Marston’s House has received a National Commendation in this year’s BCO awards, coming second place in the Corporate Workplace category after having won the West Midlands and Central England Regional Award previously. Everyone at team JMDA is so incredibly proud of this achievement, which marks the culmination of an exciting project and what was a fantastic opportunity in working with the Marston’s brand.


The calibre of design on show at the BCO awards was incredibly high, so for our own work and the work of all the other talented people involved in Marston’s House to be recognised like this is a true privilege. As such, we have every plan to turn this energy towards even bigger and better things in our upcoming projects!


Our concept for the Marston’s House – which was designed alongside fellow studio Newman Gauge – was of an interior that was sleek, modern, and above all practical, but which also upheld and took inspiration from the rich tradition of British pub style. As a brand name closely associated with British pubs, it was crucial that the heart of Marston’s operations reflected that spirit, while providing an elegant workplace with plenty of room for creativity and innovation.


JMDA delivered on this with vast break rooms, light and airy spaces, and a warm colour scheme based on the natural tones of the rustic pub image. Most of all, we’re proud to have created a flexible and comfortable work environment that will be on-trend for years to come.


Update on Design Spotlight: Migration to Medium

It’s only been a few months since we started Design Spotlight, but it’s already finding its feet as a long-term part of JMDA. That said, the emphasis is still on ‘finding its feet’. We’re very much working through the best ways to ensure it’s a quality blog, delivering quality content.

That’s why, after some deliberation, we’ve decided to make the move to Medium. It’s a better environment for our blog content, and as we’ve started to take a great deal of interest in Medium as a platform, it carries the enormous benefit of being able to interact with other creators.

As such, all of our previous Design Spotlight blogs have been migrated to Medium, and you can still read them on there. News and announcements will still be posted here but, if you want to keep up with both, you can rely on our Twitter and Facebook pages for access to all the latest from JMDA.

Finally, we’re happy to announce a new blog post – our first Medium piece – coming on Monday! We know it’s been a while, but this one is very much worth the wait.

Lots of love to all our followers,

The JMDA team x


Meet the newest member of the team…

She’s small, but she’s exceptionally powerful. Meet Bluebell.


Some of you may have seen this little angel on our Instagram feed a few weeks ago, but for those that missed her, this is Bluebell! As the company’s Morale Officer, she’s performing a range of valuable tasks, such as lighting up the room, providing moral support, sleeping, and just generally being adorable.


When interviewed about her new role she declined to give comment, but we’re thrilled to be adding her expertise to the team, and we’re fairly certain she feels the same about working with us. It’s a valuable learning opportunity and we hope to better ourselves by following Bluebell’s example.


So, keep an eye out for this tenacious pup popping up on our social media feeds from now on!


Do Not Adjust Your Screen!


The winds of change have been blowing for quite some time here at JMDA: with a new office, new clients, and a shiny new website, it’s certainly been exciting for us! We’ve been hard at work these past few months, travelling across the country delivering excellent interior designs and presenting inventive new concepts – not to mention finding plenty of creative inspiration along the way.

On top of that, we’re happy to be welcoming two new designers and a media manager to the team – but there’ll be more on them soon. In the meantime, take a look through the new home of JMDA online: say hello to our team’s new profiles, browse through our gallery of previous projects, and check out our social media profiles – we’re on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more. Plus, you can now sign up to our quarterly newsletter for updates on both upcoming and completed projects.

We’re rolling out a new look for JMDA, but some things haven’t changed: our motivation, dedication, and experience in delivering professional interior designs that always leave the client impressed. With growth comes more fantastic projects that we’re looking forward to unveiling, and of course, yet more opportunities and possibilities for the future. So for now, keep your eyes peeled for more developments at JMDA, and we’ll be back with more news soon!

Ghost Architecture


This week Team JMDA have been busy down South with new briefings this week, however we still find the time to be inspired.


We were particularly impressed by this collaboration between Italian artist Edoardo Tresoldi & DesignLab Experience, who have used steel mesh to create an ethereal modern landscape inspired by classical architectural forms.



Let the Leeds adventure begin!

We’ve spread our wings and branched out on a whole new adventure! This week JMDA opened their second office in the buzzing city centre of Leeds! The whole team are super exited for the opportunities this will bring and the inspiration that surrounds us. With the four day weekend ahead we thought we would start by checking out some of the local hotspots… have a great Easter everyone!

Team JMDA x

Back on the road…

Team JMDA have had an exciting start to this week with our first MAB briefing of this working year. It was an early start on Wednesday morning, travelling down to southern territory to get the ball rolling for our next challenge.

Creativity is at a high in the Leeds office as we explore all new colours, layouts and samples which will bring this scheme together! What unique and innovative ideas can we create this time?!

Follow our Instagram account for the journeys throughout the next wave of projects we have just around the corner and see how JMDA travel from start to finish within every project!


Salone del mobile Milano 2017

The annual Milan Design Week, one of the biggest events of the design calendar, kicked off earlier this week, promising a flurry of new design collections and immersive installations across all design disciplines.

This year IKEA have launched their “Let’s Make Room for Life” Festival inside a warehouse space, which features installations, workshops & talks from the likes of Tom Dixon & Faye Toogood, whilst also offering a behind the scenes look at IKEA’s development process.


The Salone del Mobile Milano is the perfect stage to showcase a new collection, acknowledge a milestone in your career or, in the case of Alessi, honour the late great Zaha Hadid with a display of their past collaborations.


Whilst we haven’t been able to experience Milan Design week first hand, we have been keeping a watchful eye for inspiration. Meanwhile other members of Team JMDA have been busy travelling to various projects across the country, including handing over the Corner House in Cardiff City Centre for Mitchells and Butlers.

Stay tuned on Twitter & Instagram for a sneak peak…

Team JMDA.

P.S. Follow Dezeen, Tom Dixon Studio, Jamie Hayon & Formafantasma on Instagram for more insights into the goings on at Milan Design Week.