The British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) will be hosting an exclusive member’s event in collaboration with PRP architects, as part of its ‘Private View’ CPD programme. The second session in the series will be an exclusive talk and tour of ‘Trees’, an award-winning care home project in Highgate, London, Tuesday 5th March 2013.

The ‘Private View’ series provides an exclusive insight into a diverse range of interesting residential and commercial projects.  The Trees, Extra Care Housing project located within the Highgate Conservation area, is a development of 40 Extra Care self-contained flats which include one and two bedroom homes.

“This series of exclusive events is a great opportunity for our members to experience a variety of projects,” says Claudette Williams, Education and Events Executive at the BIID. “The Trees Extra Care Housing project had an interesting brief that has been met with an extremely innovative use of design. Trees has won several awards including: Lifetime Home of the Year: The Daily Telegraph British Homes Awards 2011 and the HAPPI Completed Award: Housing Design Awards 2011, to name a few. This private view is a chance for designers to come and achieve an insight into a truly unique property.”

The Trees building has been designed around the gardens, making use of the building’s natural light and creating views of the landscaped gardens. Architect’s PRP ensured that the development incorporated key design features that will meet the needs of the elderly, both now and in the future. The high quality housing scheme for the elderly is the first affordable rental housing in Highgate for many years.

The afternoon will begin with a talk by interior designer Michael Sandford of PRP Architects who will explain their role on this project, followed by a tour of the scheme. Michael Sandford joined PRP Architects in 2008 and runs the interior department. Michael previously worked at Conran and Partners and has a varied portfolio of high profile projects. Michael is currently working on a number of extra care and hospitality projects all over the UK, both in the private and public sectors.

Members will enjoy refreshments and canapés in the beautiful setting of the property, allowing them to network with other members. To book your place, please visit


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About the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID)

Established in 1966, the BIID is the professional Institute for interior designers in theUK.

The BIID’s growing national and international membership represents both the commercial and residential sectors, from heritage to cutting edge. In addition to rigorous entry requirements which assess training, experience and professionalism, the Institute requires members to continue their professional development throughout their career, ensuring their continued expertise in design process, practice and regulatory matters.

The BIID is the only professional organisation for interior designers that has been granted the prestigious and rare accolade of Institute status by the Minister of State as the pre-eminent body in its field. The Institute’s mission is to encourage and support creativity and competence in the field of interior design through facilitating best practice, practical professional support, development opportunities and education.

On the national stage, the BIID is a full member of the Construction Industry Council and, as a result, is now part of Government consultations to advise on new policy and legislation. Internationally, the BIID is represented on the board of the International Federation of Interior Architects and Designers; the global voice and authority for professional interior architects and designers. More details at

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