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Break out area at Warwick Student Union, designed by Retail Experience Design

Warwick Students Union – Atrium


The Challenge

Warwick Student’s Union, Atrium building, is home to the student’s main social area and food and drink outlets. But, the multifunctional space appeared uninspiring and lacked cohesion. 

WSU asked us to translate their new brand into the Atrium building and help transform the space into a dynamic destination for students to work and socialise. 

What we did

Our brief was to create a vibrant and truly student-owned space, to provide agile working and relaxation choices for daytime and social and events space for evenings.

Given that we needed to transform the space without a full re-configuration, we focused on the design and development of key elements, includng: Graphics, Wayfinding, Signage, Lighting Fixtures & fittings, Flooring and materials and finishes. 

Insight & Strategy

Branding & Graphics

Concept, Design & Development

Technical Design & Drawings

Design Management



We turned the project around within WSU’s tight timescales, working resourcefully and imaginatively to their modest budget, providing creative solutions to improve the functionality and appearance of the space.

The finished result transformed the Atrium building into an exciting and practical space that encourages and inspires students to come-together to work and socialise. 


“Warwick Students’ Union worked with Retail Experience Design on refurbishing our main daytime student social space – the SU Atrium. RED provided great insight right from the start of the project, and gave us some great concepts to begin the design process. We had tight deadlines, but RED worked hard to ensure our requirements and feedback were incorporated into the scheme as we went through the development stages. We felt supported and involved throughout the process, and RED managed the delivery of an amazing new space exactly in line with the final design. Feedback from students has been incredible, and we couldn’t be happier with how the project turned out. We would wholeheartedly recommend RED, and would definitely work with them again on similar projects in the future.”

George Dowding

Communications and Marketing Director

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Working with the Community Sector

With imagination and insight into how people interact, we’ve helped create places to encourage inclusiveness, enable collaboration and cultivate community.

We can help:

  • Create a visually exciting space, somewhere that engages people and inspires them to spend time there.
  • Translate your brand into the physical environment – use your space to tell your story and connect with your audience.
  • Reimagining and repurposing wasted spaces. 

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