Student Unions & Universities
GMP have been working within the Student sector since its formation 21 years ago. Neil Morten GMP founder has been working on Student Unions for the past 26 years. Now in his late 40’s Neil Morten feels that the age gap between 19 – 25 year olds and him is too great. The younger staff at GMP (ranging from current interns to recent graduates) lead the creative process for all projects in the student sector, creating the ‘University Projects Team’.
The UPT carry out market research on site and via social media testing their ideas in line with lean start up principals. Our collaborative partners also provide the UPT with international data, from countries such as China, India, Thailand, Malaysia and the African Nations. We constantly innovate to keep our customers at the cutting edge of design and content making sure that UK and International Undergraduates become fully immersed in the social side of University Life. Our connections with local schools and sixth form colleges allow us unbelievable insight into what factors influence A-level students at the time of choosing a University.
The Undergraduates of today now pay significant fees and are far more sophisticated than ever before. They demand a higher level of service and have changed the student social experience; it is ” no longer just about drinking Beer and Vodka”. With a rise in fees and international students, there is now an increased expectancy amongst students for the latest technology and service; GMP’s stayed ahead of the game by designing sophisticated and easy-to-use spaces shared by the student population of a given University.
Recent years have seen a decrease in demand for late-night venues in Student Unions but an increase for sports, enterprise and student development centres, as well as non-alcoholic and multi-cultural areas. On this page you can see a collection of these Student Spaces and check out our current projects.
"We were novice operators when we first approached GMP. Their guidance and straight talking approach was very helpful. We completed our £45,000 project in time to open for Christmas 2012. Neil Morten then attended our site on a follow up visit and helped us improve our back bar merchandising at no charge. We were so impressed with GMP they've now been appointed to design our 30 bedroom boutique hotel." Okey Nwosu - Manager, Dreams Hotel, Real Dreams Leisure
"During my time as Operations Director for Ministry of Sound we embarked upon a project to develop a new bar concept which was to be called Minibar. Having identified a potential site for development, a number of highly regarded design consultants were asked to respond to the project brief, one of which was Neil Morten of GMP. This was not an easy task due to a challenging building. GMP were the only company to satisfy every aspect of the design brief and hence won the contract." Tony Rigg - Operations Director, Ministry of Sound
"GMP are experts in dealing with customers from a different country. They quickly understand the cultural differences and deliver outstanding projects, so much so that their VIP lounge in Singapore now has the largest champagne sales in East Asia." Peter Bowden - Project Director, Ministry Of Sound, World Wide Clubs Ltd
"I have worked with GMP for the past 15 years, they are always able to think outside the box in order to find great value for money. The GMP team give great bang for the buck and their interior design skills are definitely part of the reason we regularly appear in the top five of the Sunday Times’ student experience poll." Andy Parsons - General Manager, Loughborough Students Union
"GMP's knowledge of the UK club market & vision for the future was a revelation. We appointed GMP on the spot and commissioned them to create the new direction for our venue. The scheme they came up with was Brilliant and blew us away. Their Managing Director suggested that we join the newly formed BIOBC (British Independent Operators Buying Consortium) as they could potentially raise us brand funding - they raised us nearly 20k. We are so pleased with GMP that we have recommended them to a number of other operators." David King - Club 195, Epping
"GMP were recommended to me by the project team at The Chicago Rock Cafe. From the moment we met the team we felt instantly at ease; we gave them our budget and they delivered far further than expectations. Their nightclub design looked like a London club, however it was done on a shoe string budget. GMP truly are the experts in the art of the sparkle spend. We are so pleased with GMP that we have commissioned them again to deal with our next venue in Nuneaton." Panos Toulouras - Manager, Club Sosho, Leicester
"We have been working with GMP every summer for the past three years. Fantastically creative, GMP really understand the student market - and more importantly - its recent changes. The presentation work they produced to assist us in raising University funding is brilliant and goes a long way towards getting a project to the starting line. This summer GMP delivered yet again and we'll be using them again for our next project." Ben Eagle - Cardiff University Students Union
"I discovered GMP via a Google search when I was investigating the feasibility of my site in Kettering. The team were very quick to respond and met me on site within a few days. The advice I received during our initial meeting was so in-depth I was able to write my business plan in a matter of days. Their knowledge about the late-night leisure business was excellent." Michael Justice - London