about us



Cantoo deliver art and design consultancy services for public realm and new build schemes.


Our projects can vary in size and levels of complexity from refurbishment projects to large new build schemes to site specific installations.


We offer design champion and stakeholder engagement consultancies for the education and regeneration sectors which we embed in schemes for interior and exterior spaces as well as the public realm.


We like to use engagement tools as a creative enabling process through which participants can express ideas about their environment, talk about their needs and contribute ideas. We think playfulness and inquisitiveness are really important to this collaborative process.


Our scope of works for inside spaces includes finishes specification, spatial design, art features, wayfinding, furniture and feature lighting design. We co-ordinate with design teams across disciplines to deliver integrated and innovative schemes.


Our work in outside spaces includes creating permanent artworks, contributing to landscape schemes, street furniture design and large scale public realm projects. These projects define the community ownership of outside spaces and help to regenerate and transform sites, create innovative and vibrant public spaces and contribute to a ‘sense of place’.

Our thanks for being the theme setters, artists, weavers of children's dreams and for the use of colour and ideas throughout the school

Architect - Sandwell MBC


We design schemes which involve people of all ages through interactive consultation processes.


This engagement can be used to develop the brief, helping to develop a sense of ownership as well as creating positive legacies after the project has been completed.


We also contribute strategic creative thinking for Main Contractor bid teams and deliver client engagement workshops during the ITT process.


Our core belief is that the client and user are involved throughout all stages of a project in order to create relevant and meaningful design outcomes.


We use carefully planned workshop sessions in a process which can include;


•  Initial client and end user consultation

•  Research and design development

•  'Hands On' design sessions with end users

•  Using social media networks

Cantoo worked brilliantly with the service users, engaging and consulting with their ideas, expanding on their thoughts and praising them throughout.

Senior Occupational Therapist


Cantoo develops commissions from a range of clients including departments of local authorities, public sector agencies, regeneration agencies, schools and Learning Education Trusts and Main Contractors.


Our client list includes;


•  Centro Transport Executive

•  Leicestershire County Council

•  Birmingham City Council

•  Redditch Borough Council

•  Sandwell MBC

•  Staffordshire County Council

•  Derbyshire County Council

•  Rutland County Council

•  Northamptonshire County Council

•  Coventry Regeneration Services

•  Sure Start

•  Willmott Dixon Construction

•  Interserve Construction

•  Lend Lease

•  Thomas Vale Construction

•  Galliford Try

•  ScapeBuild

•  Conwy County Borough Council

Cantoo provided the input to make our building extra special. They involved pupils and staff in a range of exciting projects so that they had ownership of the building ...

Headteacher - Forest Way SEN School