Students’ design ideas for Sunderland’s Liberty Brown bar

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STUDENTS have been coming up with grand designs to transform a popular bar .

The owners of Liberty Brown, in Hylton Riverside, say they were impressed with design ideas submitted by Northumbria University students.

Apartment Group, which also owns successful Newcastle bars such as My Lynch and As You Like It, set a competition for students to showcase their creative concepts for the upper bar in Liberty Brown.

Duncan Fisher, owner of the Apartment Group, said: “I have always enjoyed the concept and design work that goes into opening a new venue – but it’s often the hardest part.

“It’s about creating a world around the venue in terms of brand and marketing and you have to get it right.

“That’s where the students came into it. Being able to tap into the talent that is being nurtured at Northumbria was a great opportunity for us, to bring fresh ideas to the table.

“We have been incredibly lucky to uncover lots of work – some of which I am hoping to use within one of our venues.” Lizzie Cronin, Emma Howson, Alfie Johnston and Abi Hancock were chosen after a shortlisting process, that saw the students pitch their ideas to the Apartment Group board.

They were presented with £500 each to help with their studies.

Emma, 20, said: “It was a really exciting project to work on.

“I had presented to professionals before, but never as part of a live project, where there is an opportunity of actually seeing your ideas brought to life.”