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Introducing Tom, Our Architectural Designer

Updated: Nov 16, 2023

This week, we're excited to introduce you to Tom, who joined our team just six months ago as an Architectural Designer. Since then, he's proven himself to be an invaluable member of our staff, continuously exceeding expectations.

What motivated you to pursue a career in architectural design?

My career has gradually evolved through different areas of design as it has progressed really, which has always kept things interesting! I have always had an interest in architecture so when the opportunity to join Lloyd & the team came up I was keen to take it on.

Where did you study?

I studied Product Design at De-Montfort University and following my graduation, I was one of a select group of five individuals to secure a coveted spot at DeMontfort's Crucible Project.

Have you heard of the Crucible Project?

The Crucible Project: Transforming Ideas into Business Ventures. For those with a vision, product, or service in mind, The Crucible Project is the perfect entrepreneurial program. With a focus on supporting individuals, The Crucible Project aims to turn your idea into a thriving business venture within a span of 10 months or fewer.

That's impressive! How did your project turn out?

It was a very interesting experience. Throughout my time at the project, I oversaw the manufacturing and importing of various products, and wrote two patents, one of which was granted in 2017. I spearheaded the design of these products and secured their manufacturing and importation. By the end of the project, I received an investment offer for further investment.

What products did you design?

I designed a hand-wash station for Hospital staff that could monitor how often they washed their hands during their shifts. The device also tracked other data such as the frequency of handwashing of staff across different wards. While I did not get the product to market , looking back it had the potential to be incredibly useful especially during the COVID-19 outbreak.

In addition, I created a wrist strap that automatically tightens if you accidentally drop your camera due to the weight of the device. This is the product that I was able to get a patent granted for.

If I understand correctly, you mentioned that you worked for Emerald House Associates, a company that specialises in design?

Towards the end of 2017, I had the privilege of joining Emerald House's design team. During my tenure, I worked mainly with AutoCad, 3DS Max, and Inventor on various point-of-sale and retail design projects. After a few enjoyable years at EHA, the pandemic's impact on air travel led to my unfortunate redundancy in 2020.

What led you to pursue a career in the Leisure Industry?

Following my redundancy, I utilised my technical expertise and landed a position at Tingdene Homes. My primary responsibility was to draft technical plans for holiday lodges using AutoCAD. After a year and a half, I was promoted to Senior Design Technician.

How has your experience been so far at Lloyd Harden Design?

I am really enjoying my time here, its great to be part of such an enthusiastic team. This role started off primarily using AutoCAD and Photoshop to create designs for the leisure industry, Including holiday parks and individual holiday lodges.

My role is developing and recently I have taken to working on domestic and commercial projects that include new builds and a brand-new spa complex.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I love a good city break with my friends, exploring new places and cultures!

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