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5 questions you must answer before re-designing your Office



What can you do to increase productivity, staff retention and wellbeing without having to turn your office into Google HQ

Are you satisfied with your workspace?

If the answer is no, you’re not alone. Approximately 66% of Britain’s workforce feels that their offices are the reason that they’re not attracting the best talent, according to a recent survey

Newer, sleeker, and more technologically efficient offices are all factors in attracting the best and brightest people. However, these offices aren’t always accessible to business owners in terms of cost and space available.

With the right design and careful budgeting there are ways to strike a balance between an ultra-modern office and an outdated workspace. What can you do to increase retention levels and attract the best talent without breaking the bank. Bear these considerations in mind when you’re refitting your office or redefining your workspace.

Image of Virginia House in Ancoats, complete refurbishment of 3 offices for Time Recruitment in the same building. The basement was converted to offices, stainless steel and glass staircase installed, ground floor and now we are working on their 1st floor office

1. Insight = results –Your office space must work for your business, so use your employees and an expert consultant to get a real understanding of what is and isn’t working. Finding out how to make the most of the space can make a real difference in the way the business operates

Design and space planning by Select Interiors for The Appointment Group illustrating all the principles and pointers including consultation and production of Revitt / Building Information Management to illustrate the proposed scheme

2. Flexibility –Everyone has unique needs, desires, and motivations. Introverts and extroverts must work in harmony, and the design / space planning must reflect this. Knowing how your employees operate and interact is essential to creating an environment that accommodates the different cultures within the workforce. Speak to your employees before you re-design the office, and ask them what key improvements would be on their wish list. Some employees may value privacy, so your new design could incorporate more quiet spaces to take calls. While other employees may want a reduction in noise or an increase in natural light. Getting an incite from staff before you redesign is critical in making sure your new space benefits the majority, you will probably never be able to please everyone

See scheme for expanding Recruitment Consultants that did not want the usual corporate type space. Select Interiors Ltd incorporated mid-century furniture, vintage leather sofas, Afghan wool rug, reclaimed timber, bespoke signage, sit stand desks, breakout and dining area and a punch bag area! Scope of works included: demolition, power, data, lighting, IT server rack, bespoke graphics and joinery, decoration, carpets, reclaimed timber flooring and cladding, desks, pedestals, storage and sit stand desks

3. Technology –Has redefined workplace culture, wireless networking, remote storage and mobile technology should be incorporated into the very fabric of the interior space planning. Questioning traditional office setup / culture is beneficial to develop a seamlessly efficient, linked up and networked space

See image of Polycom unit and screen in an office designed by Adrian Taylor and Chris Britton and fitted out by Select Interiors Ltd for interior Architect Steve West and Rapport People Agency

4. Trust and respect.Flexible workspaces should increase your employees’ productivity and well-being. Management must believe that their employees will work better based on trust and respect. Employees should feel empowered to be able to work from private meeting booths, coffee areas and breakout as well as their workstations

5. Find your style. Stylish interiors appeal to some workers, but they’re not right for every business. Decide whether to focus on clean lines and simplicity, or create something a little more ‘off the wall’ and creative. Whatever you do, be sure to develop a plan layout and to research all your options. This is a great opportunity to enhance your business’ brand. While workspaces of Google and Facebook appear to be leading the way in workplace design and staff wellbeing, the schemes are not for every business even if you had their budgets. Focus on creating the right working environment for your staff and the ethos of your company. Create a bespoke solution that will meet their everyday needs while preparing the office for the future

Image of Gazebo style informal meeting and coffee / hot desl space created by Select Interiors and Kate Yates interiors in Altrincham for a national property company in Gateshead


Case Study Progress 25,000.00 sqft. refurbishment in Leeds for Synergy Architects and QA Systems Ltd

Complete refurbishment of three storey office block in Leeds for Office Interiors Specialist Synergy Architects and clients QA. The company is the UK’s leading IT training provider with offices throughout the UK


Survey images below




The client QA are a long-established IT training company that offers over 1500 IT and project management courses including Microsoft, Cisco, VMware, PRINCE2 and many more. The scope of works included phased demolition and complete re-fit; demolition, partitioning, plaster finishes, Cat 6 cabling, electrical, LED lighting, AV / screens, mechanical, plumbing, flooring, glazed partitions, decoration and graphics

This project was won against stiff competition and is the 2nd fit out for the client QA and hopefully not the last. Select Interiors came a close 2nd for a group re-design / space planning of their HQ in London and are working closely with the winning company Synergy on this project.

Section drawings, notes & 3 D model & notes by London based office interiors specialist Synergy Architects

Progress images taken over 2 weeks from demolition, construction, 1st fix mechanical and electrical services and fit out



Week 1 demolition, complete strip out of all finishes, partitions, glazing, concrete block-work, lighting, electrical and cabling




Week 2 1st fix mechanical, electrical, data, lighting, partitioning and floor prep. The works are phased over 12 weeks with each phase 18 days to demolish and re-fit each floor allowing 5 days for QA to decant staff from next phase into newly refurbished space


Case Study Progress

Select Interiors received a call from Xin Jim from OKitchen Restaurant in Didsbury Manchester. Xin wanted a quick re-design, re-brand for the Korean Restaurant on Barlow Moor Road. Carl met Xin, received a brief, sent a summary of Xin’s instructions with survey images the same day with a fee proposal. Xin proceeded with Select Interiors for the interior design.

Draft internal elevation of proposed fit out to include updated branding & graphics

External elevations illustrating new branding and translucent graphics for OKitchen in Didsbury

Mood board graphics and internal finishes

Select Interiors worked closely with the client to re-brand to completely update their current graphic / branding design and to complement their vision of new and revitalised Restaurant & Bar

Survey images





Week 1 Progress Images




Week 2 Progress to completion Images in TWO weeks, a total of 19 days from enquiry: design, demolition and complete refurbishment including new furniture, fixtures, fittings, lighting and illuminated glass Bar

Completion Images




Case Study – Interior Design, Space Planning and Revit / BIM Model of listed building on Booth Street for The Appointment Group Ltd

Space plan, layout, BIM model and sections / elevations of proposed scheme

Click on links above to walk through the scheme and see fabrics, finishes, graphics and design detailing

See the 3D model design / space planning for The Appointment Group illustrates the level of detail, design and even the orientation of the building and how sunlight (no jokes about Manchester please) cascades through the space.

Please click the link for walk round of proposed project created in Revit by Select Interiors to illustrate a design scheme for The Appointment Group Ltd for two storeys of a Grade II Listed building in Booth Street in Manchester’s financial district

Fabrics and floor finishes specified by Select Interiors for the scheme with seating upholstery coordinated to reflect team brand colours


Colour and fabrics as above to compliment both their updated brand and their team brand colours all by Camera fabrics

Please click the link for further images of Select Interiors projects

The team at Select Interiors would like to thank all the clients above for their valued enquiries and business call 0161 445 40404 for enquiries or email to

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