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Marshalls Design Spaces to become BMF Regional Training Centres

We’re delighted that the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) will soon be launching two new Regional Training Centres at our Design Spaces in Birmingham and London.

The BMF represents and protects the interests of builder’s merchants, plumbing, heating, roofing, decorative and timber merchants and their suppliers in the UK and Ireland. As Regional Training Centres, we will provide meeting and training spaces for smaller groups to come together and participate in events closer to their base, reducing time spent away from their business and spent travelling.

Our Birmingham Design Space opened in autumn last year and can be found in the centre of the city in the Bennetts Hill area of the city; our London Design Space opened in 2015 in Clerkenwell. They will both open after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

Peter Hallitt, Marshalls Group Trading Director, said: “The two Marshalls Design Spaces are ideal venues for this purpose, designed for construction industry professionals to explore, experiment and imagine a range of possibilities. They are great places to learn too and we are delighted to support the BMF in this way.”

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “I would like to thank Marshalls for working with the BMF to bring our second and third Regional Training Centres on stream. They are both fantastic spaces and will serve city centre areas in the BMF’s Midland and London/South East regions. Our first RTC, in Cornwall, serves the far South West, and we are targeting three more by the end of the year, which will give us one in each of our five UK regions and one in Ireland.”

Birmingham Design Space is currently the subject of a CoLAB experience Birmingham City University Landscape Architect and Architecture students, who are designing a rooftop garden. Before the temporary closure, students were meeting weekly in the space; their work continues online for now but you can find out more about the project in this article.