Can we force creativity?

Friday 13th April 2018 Attending The School of Life is always a great experience – so when the opportunity came up for us to attend a talk about ‘Creativity’ by The School of Life, Poppy and I went along to find out more. The event …

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As the sun goes down on another brilliant MIPIM…

13 years and counting, our mandatory attendance at MIPIM was no exception this year. We arrived pumped with our sunnies on, our pockets rammed with business cards ready for four days of all things property. As a MIPIM virgin, I (and my liver) had a …

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Beyond – onwards & upwards

Our sister company Beyond is growing fast. Having had some major wins over the last six months, their team is expanding along with their portfolio. We are delighted to introduce the freshest faces. Creative Director, Mark Glazier joins the team with nearly 20 years of …

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New Year. New kids on the block.

We are looking forward to working with you in 2018. As our team has expanded, we thought we would take this opportunity to introduce some new fresh faces. Ella CLIENT SERVICES DIRECTOR With over ten years in the property marketing game, no challenge is too …

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Games, bacon & shots (not necessarily in that order).

With a 7:45am start, Christmas at Stepladder HQ was destined to be a big one. Our stomachs were lined with posh bacon rolls from Roast Borough – this was inevitably the only sensible decision that was made all day. Forget the Christmas-spirit, we were all …

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Calling all Account Bods…

We are a London based branding and design agency who specialise in property and real estate marketing. We are looking for one Account Manager and one Senior Account Manager to join our high performing Client Service team. Working at this boutique agency, you will take …

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LONG LIVE THE EXCHANGE!

If you thought Shoreditch had reached its peak for excitement and entertainment, then think again. We’ve teamed up with Exemplar and M&G Real Estate to deliver a fresh new retail destination to E1 built within the beautiful bones of the London Fruit & Wool Exchange.  …

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8 Salisbury Square ‘A place for everyone’

Greycoat’s 8 Salisbury Square is soon to be completed and in my humble opinion, it will be one of London’s finest new office buildings. Not only is it high spec and boasts amazing views from a selection of terraces, it is arguably located in one …

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The search for talent: D&AD New Blood 2017

Sleep deprivation, elation, hysteria, optimism and a few tears… this time of year brings back all these emotions for me. It sounds like the aftermath of a crazy night out, but in reality, it’s the result of four years at art school and the last gasp sleepless preparation …

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The First Rung

We’re looking for creative thinkers, bright sparks and raw talents to join our design team for a three-month internship. You will be getting your hands dirty alongside our design team, on a wide range of work, making your ideas happen. You’ll be a final year …

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Graphic Designers – we want you!

We’re on the lookout for all levels of Designers to join our talented creative team, based in our gorgeous new studio in Bankside. We need great all-round graphic designers who are keen to have ownership of their work while working at consistently high design standards. The …

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The Final Piece of our Property Puzzle…

We are delighted to announce the launch of an independent CGI company Beyond. Headed up by Jess Pinkham, formerly CSD here at Stepladder; Beyond create high quality CGIs for the property industry. Whether it be marketing imagery, verified views for planning or 3D animation and …

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Cheers to Cooper & Southwark

61 Southwark Street, a development by HB Reavis, is prominently located on the junction between Southwark Street and Great Guildford Street in Southwark, an area which was once upon a time home to the Anchor Brewery – a brewery known nation-wide for its quality Ale. The buildings new …

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28 Chancery Lane’s New Face!

We love seeing buildings (more specifically our buildings) come to life. Most recently our excitement for 28 Chancery Lane, a development by Viridis, was reignited when we visited site to see the new terracotta façade! As part of our overall campaign for 28 Chancery Lane, we …

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That’s a Wrap!

We love photo shoots. We love photo shoots even more when they contain the weird, the wonderful and the downright ridiculous. Our latest photo shoot, which saw us working with Allsop on their instruction for a slick new commercial development in Shoreditch, had all that and …

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Seven Today!

With improved hand-eye coordination and an ever-expanding vocabulary of well over several thousand words, we are now able to solve your more complex problems – we can even tell the time! Today we became seven years old, seven times better and seven times more ambitious, …

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Newbie Central

Keeping our design team fresh and maintaining market share are very important to us. As such, we’ve shuffled around some old faces and plucked out some new ones to do just that… Josh Campbell, joined us end of last year with a self diagnosis of a …

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Home Sweet Home

2,400 sq ft of oak flooring 47 Industrial pendants 16 Eames bar stools 3 Distressed wood meeting tables 1 Nato submarine bomb–proof feature light And the blood, sweat and tears of the Stepladder team We’ve finally moved into our new home. After three months of …

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We Want YOU!

Senior Graphic Designer 7+ Years experience – Branding/Print/Digital We’re on the lookout for a Senior Graphic Designer with 7+ years commercial experience to join our creative team based in our gorgeous new studio in Bankside. We need a great all-round graphic designer who is keen to …

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Another Stepladder Christmas

With the upcoming studio move it seemed only right to have a final hurrah in our cosy ground floor studio, so we started our day off with a breakfast of mince pies, Christmas crackers and a toast to the future. In true Christmas style we …

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We’re Hiring!

Job Description: Established in 2009, we are one of London’s leading branding agency’s specialising in the luxury commercial and residential property market. This is an opportunity to work side by side with one of our founding partners in a business development role. The role will initially …

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Trick or Treat

This year we went all spooky with the annual Stepladder bake-off. The rules: to create an (edible) cake with the ultimate scare-factor – an open-brief to inspire a little creativity and imagination. Among the usual Halloween suspects; pumpkins, ghosts, graveyard’s and the like, we were also ‘treated’ …

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3 St James’s Square

Our latest campaign for 3 St James’s Square, a collaboration with Quintain, Strutt & Parker and Colliers, has recently reached completion and with the final piece of the project now in place – a display, created to further enhance the type of space available on the …

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Back to basics with Fedrigoni

Fedrigoni took us back to basics on Wednesday afternoon with another renowned lunchtime seminar, a handful of carefully picked industry experts and a journey from pulp to print. We were greeted at Fedrigoni’s Imaginative Paper Studios, on London’s trendy Clerkenwell Road, with a new swatch book – …

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Bring the Ruckus!

To kick-off of the Rugby World Cup we invite you to join the Stepladder Rugby Bin Challenge. Record your pass into the bin and upload to Twitter with #RugbyBinChallenge and tag us at @Stepladder_news for a chance to be crowned a Champion! Video Referee will …

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Ashbourne Country Leisure

At Stepladder we love to bring together and entertain familiar faces, and with summer (are we still calling it that?!) coming to an end what better idea could Ben have than to risk it all and spend the day outside(?!), in the country for a …

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Introducing City Wharf

We are delighted to announce the arrival of the City Wharf brochure at Stepladder HQ. Compact and beautifully formed, the book is confidently wrapped in a hard back cover, carefully bound together by a leather tie. The production of this book was specified to echo the crafted …

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8 Salisbury Square

Hidden behind busy Fleet Street, occupying a peaceful pocket of prime Midtown, it was clear when we began working on the marketing campaign for 8 Salisbury Square that we had something unique. In exploring the benefits of 8 Salisbury Square, its peaceful location with direct access to …

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The Spitfire Building

London Buildings’ new residential development, The Spitfire Building, is ready for launch. Here is a sneaky peek of the new brochure. The show suite is also open now so get yourself down there and check it out. We think its beautiful. — Posted by BR

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Budge up print, make room for digital

Stepladder had the pleasure of being Silver Sponsors of the Estates Gazette’s 2nd Annual Marketing Summit on Thursday 25th June, a day for industry peers to share practical marketing guidance on where to spend the marketing pound. I had the opportunity to offer my support by participating in the …

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Canary Wharf Group, Behind the Scenes

We’ve been up and down The Thames directing numerous photoshoots over the past few months, capturing both architecture and lifestyles of the micro areas within the Canary Wharf estate, for five leasing projects we’re working on for Canary Wharf Group. How do you create five very …

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Bye Bye Lucy!

After a very productive week at Stepladder HQ it was time to say goodbye, or more appropriately ‘see you soon’, to our lovely Lucy McAlister, and in true Stepladder style we sent her off with a top team night out in the wonderful Canary Wharf. …

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#WhatDayIsIt?

We’re always looking at the quirky goings-on in the world to fill our curious minds and get inspired. So we thought what better way to get our fix of the weird and wonderful than to celebrate the obscure national days taking place around the world. …

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One Welbeck Street

Nestled between latest celebrity hotspot Marylebone Village and the flagship designer brands of Bond Street, we are excited to get our teeth stuck into latest project – One Welbeck Street. Working with Aberdeen Asset Management, alongside sole agent Colliers International, Stepladder will be creating a …

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Pick Me Up

Last night the creative team ventured to London’s Embankment for a welcome injection of inspiration at the graphic arts festival Pick Me Up, which returned to Somerset House for its sixth year. Every year we’re amazed by the work exhibited at Pick Me Up and …

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MIPIM 2015

MIPIM has become for Stepladder, very much one of the year’s true diary ‘markers’ sitting comfortably in the calendar alongside other days of note; Christmas, Easter and family birthdays. Like all of these, MIPIM inevitably triggers a healthy eating and booze free few weeks thereafter …

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Rocket Investments

We’ve been working with Rocket Investments to design and build a brand-spanking new website to better portray their brand and serve as a platform to showcase their latest work and news updates. Rocket Investments create design-led commercial, residential and mixed-use investment opportunities across London. The …

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One has Arrived in America Square

Something exceptionally shiny has landed at Stepladder HQ! We were commissioned by Blackstone Property Management to create a teaser mailer campaign in the lead up to the launch of a new commercial property, with a design alluding to the striking Art Deco building as the ‘One …

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25 Kingly Street

After the success of 22 Ganton Street, we were excited to get going on project number two for Shaftesbury PLC — 25 Kingly Street. With its unique glazed tiling, tasteful exterior and perfect location in the heart of London’s Carnaby, there were a million things we could …

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Chancery Lane’s Midtown Funk

An exciting new office development on Chancery Lane by Viridis Real Estate had the Stepladder team out and about in London’s Midtown.  We teamed up with photographer David Lake and stylist Matt Moxon to direct a photoshoot to capture our stars, the ‘Midtown Originals’ to accompany the property’s …

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#TeamStepladder

Team Stepladder are taking part in this year’s London Marathon! A charity striving to improve the quality of a child’s life is one that must be supported. Right? Stepladder certainly believes so, which is why Jess has decided to represent Team Stepladder at this years …

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The Big Black Birthday Bash

This week the big man turned the big 4-0 and in celebration (or mourning?) we dressed in black and planned a surprise black themed day. Mark has been part of the Stepladder family for 4 years and not once has he wanted to celebrate his …

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Graphic Designers – apply within

We’re looking for Mid-Weight and Senior Graphic Designers with an interest in luxury residential & commercial property and a love of branding. You’ll be big on ideas and have the technical ability to make those ideas happen. If you’d like to produce work for buildings …

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Weigh in. Weigh in

After much deliberation and reminiscing over past Christmas adventures we decided, having spent last year’s riding through the London skies, this year our feet would stay firmly on the ground. So we got dressed up, jumped in a minibus and ventured to Ascot for a …

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Lights, Camera, Action at City Wharf

Stepladder are back in the studio after directing and producing a photoshoot for an exciting residential project by A2Dominion. We teamed up with stylist Matt Moxon, photographer David Lake and a crew of models from Boss Model Management. The sun graced us with its constant …

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Hats off for 67 Lombard

We’ve just had first glimpse of our light box installation for one of our ongoing projects 67 Lombard Street, London. The installation sits in the beautiful reception, fronting 90,000 sq ft of new office space set behind its retained, historic façade. The clear acrylic light …

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City Agents Club get bouncy

Stepladder are proud to have sponsored a successful evening with the City Agents Club at Bounce. Last Thursday saw City Agents, young and old(er) compete in the ancient art of Wiff-Waff, eat pizza, drink copious bottles of beer and vino, sink a few sambuca’s and …

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Time for a change

As a creative agency, it’s one thing designing for others, but when it comes to designing things for yourself it’s well documented how difficult self promotion can be. It takes out valuable resources and can be financially draining. We all know its importance and yet …

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Orion House

We have recently been working on a great little project for WELPUT – Orion House. Situated in the hustle and bustle of London’s Covent Garden, this instantly recognisable building has some of the best views over London, looking both East and West, we were lucky …

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One Aldermanbury

Working closely with the agency teams at JLL and DTZ, we have recently delivered a campaign to assist in the letting of One Aldermanbury Square. The development, recently PC’d and interest is said to be good. Personally we think that the combination of the high …

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We’re not telling you Porky’s

We welcome the arrival of Camden’s favourite American-style barbecue restaurant to Bankside. Porky’s BBQ is a traditional Memphis bar and grill, and being just a few doors down from our studio, we couldn’t resist a trip there for some uninhibited gorging. We were greeted by …

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Places and Signs

Whilst we admire the architects’ work on all the buildings that we are involved with, I am sometimes left mystified as to why design agencies are often the last body of people left in the chain to be called on to advise on the building …

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The Story So Far

It was a proud moment when we were asked to design and produce Canary Wharf’s Estate brochure – a coffee table book to be hand delivered to their most discerning clients. We have been Canary Wharf Group PLC’s go-to branding agency for commercial property for …

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20 Fenchurch Street

20 Fenchurch Street has been a defining project for Stepaldder in some ways. Having pitched and won the work to Land Securities and Canary Wharf Group nearly 3 years ago, when the development was little more than a hole in the ground, we have now …

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Pick Me Up

We took a trip up the river to Somerset House for Pick Me Up 2014 – a contemporary arts festival now running in its fifth year. The exhibition mainly showcases the work of Illustrators and visual stimulation was in abundance. There were models, trinkets, collages, …

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72 Welbeck Street

The creative team have been busy in the studio recently, working with Lancer Property Asset Management and their ‘Clever alternative’ to core Mayfair. 72 Welbeck Street has all the amenity benefits that come from being located between Bond Street Station and Marylebone Village, but at …

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Take 5 Talk

Stepladder crew inspired by #take5talk #andyaltmann and his 5 Eric’s @designcouncil #comedycarpet @whynotassoc View on Twitter

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Skanska

We’ve been working on a brilliant new print and digital project with one of the world’s leading construction groups – Skanska. We’ve been putting together some lovely corporate communications for The Monument Building – a high quality office and retail space in the heart of …

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Property vs. Twitter

Property. Not the industry most well known for its first mover adoption when it comes to trying new marketing techniques or technologies. Things are changing though, and in my 15 years in the industry I am certainly noticing that the new generations of developers and …

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We flew, we soared, we wore Christmas Jumpers

For our Christmas do, we took to the skies. The helicopter delighted and terrified us in equal measure, all the way from Battersea to Canary Wharf and back again. The Christmas jumpers were an absolute necessity. Along with the hohoho’s and other Christmas clichés. 2010 …

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Canary Wharf fog

Beautiful shot of Canary Wharf amid this mornings fog View on Twitter

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Speculate to accumulate

Just recently, we’ve been lucky to work on and win a lot of pitches. The frenetic pitch process puts huge demands on creativity and resources like no other way of working, but it also encourages and stimulates new ideas, faster ideation and allows designers to …

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Say Hello, Wave Goodbye

We recall the day our Pool Table arrived in the studio – it was greeted by a series of whoops and hollers. The experienced hand (affectionally named Uncle Gepetto) that assembled the authentic American classic had barely exited the studio before there were two creative-types …

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200 Gray’s Inn Launch

We’ve just come to the end of a whoppingly exciting project for 200 Gray’s Inn Road, a 50:50 joint venture between Great Portland Estates Plc and Ropemaker Properties. The Foster and Partners icon, used by ITN has recently been remodelled, providing a stunning new entrance …

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A breakfast with Variety

Stepladder’s founding partner Ben Richardson was recently approached by The Variety Club to join their regular property events committee. Having known what good work this charity has performed over recent years he gladly accepted. First job, to assist in the delivery of a breakfast event …

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Young Guns

Now in its 11th successful year, Young Guns celebrates the most outstanding crop of young entrepreneurs the UK has to offer. Only 30 make it in each year, and there are no repeat appearances, meaning each year’s class joins the illustrious alumni. Our founding partners …

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A growing team

Our fight for world domination (or failing that, just a greater market share) continues. In order to grow in our sector, we recognise that the team must also grow, to support and deliver to the property industry. We have recently added two new designers to …

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Anything But Square

We were asked by the City of London Corporation to help create a story about the City that demonstrated its versatility as a great business location. Our brief was to help education potential West End tenants and foreign investors about the benefits of location their …

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Johns & Co

Our new recruit @elena_manfredi has been gracing the Southbank with our latest branding project for @JohnsCoLondon View on Twitter

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Johns & Co’s 21 Wapping Lane launch

Having recently named, positioned and launched the marketing of new residential lettings & management company Johns&Co, we were pleased to help deliver their official launch. Firstly we created a buzz in the lead-up to the event through social media and direct mail. Next came the physical …

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20 Fenchurch Street site visit

The 20 Fenchurch Street project has been an exciting and in some ways, re-defining project for Stepladder as an organisation. The measurable success of the campaign is there for all to see with over 60% 90% (edited January 2014) to date, pre-let to some of …

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Griffin Court

We’ve just wrapped up a lovely job for Richard Susskind & Co. at 15 Long Lane. Griffin Court is an exciting new refurbishment of an existing EC1 building near Smithfield Market. Our idea was a blend of old & new that directly reflected area. With …

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Bake Off

It was competition time in the Studio last week and a brand new iPad 2 was up for grabs. After much discussion, it was decided that our very own Stepladder Bake-Off would be the ‘right and proper’ way of deciding who would be deserving of …

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Lunch Market

Our lovely clients over at Canary Wharf are constantly striving to improve the working lives of ‘Wharfers’ with their amazing Arts & Events program, and as part of this host an annual ‘Lunch Market’. Traditionally, the location of choice has always been the central Canada Square Park, but with …

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Level 39 launch

This specifically designed facility provides sophisticated, high–spec office accommodation and social spaces for small Tech businesses. Canary Wharf came to us to create a brand that would appeal to a whole new demographic, one that they haven’t reached out to before. Today, the visual identity …

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Channel 4 Kilimanjaro Climb

We are proud to sponsor Channel 4′s marketing team on their recent charitable efforts. The team recently ascended the 19,341 ft of Kilimanjaro to raise funds for Ace Africa, a UK based charity that aims to reduce the impact of HIV/Aids in Africa. A superb …

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Viñoly visit

The man behind our amazing 20 Fenchurch Street project today popped into Stepladder HQ. Rafael Viñoly, the founder and CEO of Viñoly Architects agreed to come in and discuss the inspiration behind the somewhat unconventional shape. The reason behind this visit was for us grasp …

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New home

First was Clerkenwell, then came Bermondsey Street. Today we proudly open the doors to our sparkling new Studio on London’s Southbank. A big thank you must go to Matthew Causer who alerted us to the space as it became available and to our very own …

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20 Fenchurch Street pitch win

We’re excited. We’re really excited. Today we learned that all those late nights discussing, planning, sketching, designing and ultimately, presenting went to plan… we won! Land Securities and Canary Wharf are collaborating on an exciting new joint-venture, one that will change the City of London …

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