A NEW £2.2m kitchen and bathroom showroom in Hexham has been crowned “Showspace of the Year” at the industry’s top awards ceremony.

InHouse Inspired Room Design opened its doors in May, on Hexham’s Bridge End Industrial Estate, and just months later was shortlisted for the “Showspace Design of the Year” accolade at the prestigious Designer Kitchen and Bathroom awards. The showroom, which is just off the A69, has more than 60 state-of-the-art kitchens and bathrooms on show from Europe’s top designers and manufacturers.

And last Thursday at a ceremony at De Vere Connaught Rooms in London, a panel of judges including some of the UK’s most respected interior designers, singled out the showroom as the best.

InHouse beat off competition from more than 500 companies from around the country to win the prize.

Those on the shortlist along with InHouse included firms from Sussex, Birmingham and Manchester.

Managing director, Wayne Dance, said “Just to be nominated was a huge achievement, but to win the award is a huge honour and we’re delighted to bring it back to the North-East.

“We’re constantly striving to bring the very latest designs to the North-East, so to get recognition on a national level is very satisfying and I’m thrilled for the staff.”

InHouse Inspired Room Design works in partnership with a network of over 500 independent kitchen, bathroom and bedroom furniture retailers in the UK and Ireland.