Undoubtedly, 2020 was a very challenging year for us all, with Covid affecting every area of our lives. With a vaccine rollout accelerating as we write, we are starting 2021 with some optimism. We know that many are still experiencing hardship and we hope that the end of this difficult period is in sight, and that we can get back to a more normal way of living and working.

Here’s what’s happening at Independent Design House and some of our plans for the next twelve months.


We were delighted to welcome Ian Fernandes-Johnson as our new managing director towards the end of last year. Having hit the ground running, Ian will be leading operations across the UK. He joins us with a strong background in steel and bridge engineering and has worked for firms including Bourne, Cleveland Bridge, ISG, as well as Consultancies in the Nuclear Sector.

Meanwhile, Tim Burt has stepped up to the role of CEO. Tim will be overseeing the business as a whole, as well as focusing on a new property development arm, with builds starting this spring.

Having also recently welcomed new staff including an engineering manager, Independent Design House is now proud to be a team of more than 30 professionals.


Building on our temporary works heritage, the last two years have seen us significantly expand our permanent works offerings. We now provide full design and draughting services in steel, reinforced (and mass) concrete, timber and other materials, covering a range of services, from full frame to Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and connection design. This is alongside all associated temporary works (as we have done previously). As well as this, we have also now supported specialist (and main) contractors in dealing with some complex bridge installation schemes. We’re updating our website at the moment but if you would like to see examples of our work in these areas in the meantime, please do get in touch.


As many of you are aware, we have a base in the UK and a base in Krakow, Poland (now known as Independent Design House sp. z o.o). We have always worked closely together, with most of our management and coordination happening in the UK, and our design and draughting work being led by Poland.

From 2021, we’ll also be running all of our administration from our Polish office. This won’t impact our clients; it will be business as usual and you won’t notice any changes to our service. Our terms and conditions have been updated to reflect this.


Ian has also led with the opening of our Bristol office, as we grow our client base in the South West. Born and bred in the West Country, Ian is well placed to build on our operations in London and the South East, offering the same level of attention to detail and rigour across all of our projects there.


The last twelve months has seen us successfully deliver a wide range of projects overseas, including in countries such as Sweden, Denmark, Germany and Poland, alongside our work in the UK. In 2021 we’re supporting our projects abroad with a number of new office openings. These are currently being planned for locations in Europe as well as in other territories.

We will be sure to update our clients when new projects are delivered and new offices open their doors, which will hopefully be of interest to you and your firm. If you’d like to know more about what we offer outside of the UK, please do let us know.

We will shortly be announcing our updates to the press so watch this space. As ever, if you have any questions you can reach us here by phone 01622 690 410 during normal office hours or by e-mail info@idh-design.co.uk.

From everyone at Independent Design House, we wish you a positive and productive 2021.

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