This September saw John, Jake and Robyn travel up to Liverpool for the Revo annual retail conference and exhibition. 

Tuesday 17th

Ever experts at sniffing out a good food market or well-designed multi-use event space, the tb team made the most out of the sunny weather before the conference started to explore and get inspired by the city’s diverse and ever-evolving landscape.

Duke Street Market

With a similar feel to Manchester’s ‘Mackie Mayor’ food hall, Duke St market has excellent food, a relaxed social vibe and impressive details.

Robyn says: ‘Having opened only this summer, Duke St appears to have a real sense of pride from the traders, and a focus on a relaxed yet upmarket foody atmosphere. The design of the market showcases the existing worn brick, fantastic large and robust existing timber door sets, offset by a crafted chunky timber staircase and pronounced steel base to the mezzanine, which allows visitors to overlook the double height space. To top that, the food looks fantastic’

Baltic Market

A simple yet effective food hall setting, that doubles up as an event space.

Robyn says: ‘Baltic Market sits tucked under the striking Cain’s Brewary Village bridge, opposite Cain’s Brewary and their neighbours Vintage barn and the Dock Leaf bar and restaurant. This fantastically foody destination comes with a Lo-Fi creative and all year festive feel and was host to a film crew on set when we passed through! We can’t wait to hang out at one of their future events. Bring on Oktoberfest!

Both spaces, along with the multitude of examples of foodhalls, markets and events spaces we have tried and tested in London and across the country, have provided inspiration and make us incredibly excited about the design and upcoming opening of Lock29 in Banbury.
For the 4th year in a row, turnerbates hosted a pre-start drinks event alongside Black Cat Building Consultancy and Williams Gallagher to celebrate the start of the Revo Conference, this time at the beautiful Royal Albert Docks.
Every year it is great to bring together new and familiar faces – and this year was no exception! Thank you to all who attended.

Wednesday 18th

Heading into the Revo Conference and Exhibition
Following on from last year’s success at the Revo Awards in December for Junction One, it was great to catch up with The Lotus Group to discuss future opportunities.
This year, one of our highlights was seeing our sketch design and branding for Lock29 front and centre at the stand of local authority, Cherwell District Council. Talks by Cherwell emphasised the importance of the council in shaping communities that people want to live, work and visit.

As a council we have a the life blood of the town

Adele TaylorExective Director - Finance, Cherwell District Council

As councillors we have a responsibility to do differently and think differently

Adele TaylorExecutive Director - Finance, Cherwell District Council

One thing Cherwell District Council are known for are healthy towns and placemaking

Adele TaylorExecutive Director - Finance, Cherwell District Council

After a jam-packed couple of days in Liverpool, John met with Jo and moved on to Manchester for another exciting project that is on the horizon…watch this space!

(Of course, they made sure to test out the local cuisine!)

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