Handley House is the parent company overseeing three leading international design teams. Bringing together technical knowledge, expertise and creative talent, the company operates across a range of disciplines in diverse markets, from design solutions for the built environment, to landscape design, and wayfinding and graphic design.

An interconnected global network of studios, we co-create across sectors and time-zones. Sharing common values and an unwavering commitment to excellence, we are united by a passion for design.

We are open, considered, and innovative in our work. It is an approach underpinned by over seven decades of success delivering award-winning destinations. As we continue to expand globally, we remain focused on generating revenue and creating sustainable value through commercially viable creative solutions.


“Our name comes from one of our earliest office buildings in Nottinghamshire, where our story began over 70 years ago. While it is a poignant nod to our creative and commercial heritage, we are future-focused, committed to global and sectoral expansion as we strive to create the leading international design group of the twenty first century. Within Handley House, Benoy, Uncommon Land and Holmes Wood operate independently but when needed, come together to provide collaborative design solutions for clients.”

Graham Cartledge, CBE


Benoy is a global family of design experts specialising in architecture, masterplanning and interior design. Balancing creative vision with commercial viability, Benoy works with clients to create iconic destinations that strengthen communities and deliver lasting economic value.

Unconstrained by sectors or building formats, Benoy’s people focus on agile, flexible and experiential design. Using ‘creative commerciality’ to solve problems and unlock potential, they believe that when design solutions are culturally relevant, human-centric and sustainable, they enhance social wellbeing and stimulate economic prosperity.

Holmes Wood

Holmes Wood is the leading design company specialising in the creation of beautiful and effective design solutions that help people navigate and experience the world around them.

Blending aesthetics and function, the multi-disciplinary team combine their unique skills and commercial knowhow to produce award winning wayfinding, placemaking, information design, exhibition design, branded environments and motion graphics, to name but a few.

Uncommon Land

Uncommon Land

Uncommon Land design contemporary external spaces in tune with their site and adjacent architecture. They aim to bring a natural and sustainable beauty to the built environment which allows environmental and social processes to underpin a robust landscape solution.

The team have designed a diverse portfolio of public realm, landscape, garden and installation projects in the UK and around the world, telling the story of places through memorable, greener and sustainable environments.