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Q&As Refurbishment of Listed Buildings

Q & As Dispelling fears about Listed Building refurbishment

So, whether you want to know more about the listing process or what to consider when you want to make changes to your space & fabric, such as updating your windows, installing A/C, adapting the space for your office or shop our experience and this blog will help inform your decision whether to take the plunge with the risks associated with conversion and alterations to a Listed Building....

Provide employees with a wellbeing boost for 2020

Provide employees with a wellbeing boost for 2020

Facilities managers, designers and architects have long known that creating a positive work environment can boost a business’ overall performance. To do so, we need to consider not only design and layout but implementing other means initiatives to improve wellbeing & morale....

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Activity Based Working Environments

At Select Interiors, we strive to design inspiring activity based working environments that engender a feeling of wellbeing. Activity based working transforms the traditional paradigm of desk/meeting room binary structure to a more fluid flexible use of the space. The workplace environment should enable spaces to cater for each different activity relevant to an organisation and its people. An analogy is that space does not move but people do, employees occupy the most relevant space that best facilitates a particular task. Activity Based...

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Top 7 Interior Design Trends for 2020

2020 is fast approaching which means that there are new design trends on the horizon! A new year means a fresh start not just for burning off all those holiday calories, but it’s also the perfect time to revamp your office. If you need a steer on where office interiors are going for 2020, here are a few trends that Select Interiors Ltd believes will make your scheme stand out. Herringbone Floors Timber veneered engineered floating floor in reception, beautiful, visually stimulating and...

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How a splash of colour in your office can change your mood

Colour is something we take for granted every day, but it works wonders in elevating our mood and wellbeing. It can make us feel motivated, fill us with confidence, calm us or even spark romance. It can affect our attitudes and our minds and is an important thing to consider in your decorating choices for the office or workplace. Orange tones Represents reassurance and warmth. Mediacom in Spinningfields with Orange theme, magnetic white board backdrop, carpet feature border & sprayed HVAC grilles. Orange is a...

Workplaces that work

Workplaces that work Suddenly everyone’s talking employee experience. And about time. It’s a given that engaged employees invest more discretionary effort, progress faster and stay longer. So, developing engaged employees is good business practice, because staff turnover is an expensive problem. It costs British businesses around £4.13 billion every year. Employee inertia, a side effect of discontent, is also costly. That’s why conversations about employee experience being the foundation of engagement should interest every employer. We at Select Interiors are constantly researching techniques...

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Why should businesses embrace co-working?

First a potted history of the Evolution of Co-working. The global co-working movement can trace its origins to the emergence of ‘hackerspaces’ in the mid-1990s. These open workplaces provided physical spaces where people with common digital technology interests could gather to work on projects while sharing ideas, equipment and knowledge. Co-working as a term was coined by Brian DeKoven, a game designer in 1999, he named a working style to facilitate collaboration and meetings. 2005 was the first official collaborative workspace:...

What does an office fit out cost?

While there is no definitive answer as to the costs of an office fit out, there certainly are a range of aspects to be considered. This can often be too general or inaccurate to assist in decision making – after all, your project will be unique, defined & based on factors such as size, location and active requirements. Factors that can affect fit out costs are: Office fit out costs in Manchester Is the building already fitted to Cat A fit out standard? These...

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You sign your lease on your new office, what next?

Property; You sign your lease on an empty shell, what next? You call an Interior Office Design & Fit Out company? This is the story & timeline of a recent enquiry received from Strategic People a Recruitment Company The business operates within the Financial Services and Retail sectors. Specialising in business change & transformation, risk, regulatory and technology change The timeline of events from enquiry to stage II Initial enquiry @10.45 on 6th February 17                          ...

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The open-plan office, is still relevant

For decades the trend among workplaces has seen employees moving out of individual offices and into open-plan spaces. This has not always been successful, with the open-plan approach receiving significant criticism. The key issues are distraction and noise, which apparently leads to uncooperative behaviour, distrust and negative personal relationships, and the lack of privacy and sense of being universally observed – which are particularly problematic for women. See typical open plan office design scheme by Select Interiors Ltd for Platinum Stair Lifts See above...

Value – Quality Assurance – Delivery

How do you ensure that you are meeting the value, quality assurance and delivery goals for your clients? Value Good negotiating skills, experience, and having a good payment record helps with suppliers. Always try and contact the Sales Representatives rather than just accepting the price from a Company telesales operator. This advice seems a little obvious often people do not have the time to compile and send out official tenders and to talk to mobile sales reps. often busy or unavailable. The...

Track & Linear lighting

You may also have noticed this theme in the images we've shared that lighting is a key design feature the overall trend being black LED track and lineal fittings The lighting options with track are endless, spots can highlight features, create mood and now with filters can be used for task lighting see some examples of recent schemes by Select Interiors where we've used really creative lighting options to give the scheme some Zing! I hope you the readers agree  Scheme designed by...

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Latest news….

Select Interiors Manchester design studio have recently completed works for design & fit out for upmarket design & interiors group Clarke & Clarke (link) part of the mighty Walker Greenbank Group. The contract included demolition, mechanical, bespoke metal-work, bespoke joinery, partitioning, plaster finishes, desks, furniture and showroom fit out. LED track and day-light LED luminaires. The careful removal of their existing showroom previously fitted in Accrington https://www.select-interiors.com/project/clarke-clarke-2/, transported to the new site and re-configured to suit the new showroom at Tyldesley   Clarke...

Manchester… Probably the best city in the world for tech and creatives

The UK is a nation of inventors and entrepreneurs, with 75 new companies launched every hour. But don’t assume this is London-centric – regional clusters of activity are thriving too The High Growth Small Business urban three out of every five high-growth small businesses are located outside of London and the south-east of England. Not only that, but they’re also responsible for creating one in three new jobs – that’s up to three times the number created by FTSE 100 companies....

The perfect job with the perfect client may at times seem like the existence of Unicorns

I would like you to imagine an enquiry from a perfect client, then a seamless delivery with no variations and a perfect, completed project on time, on budget and both client and contractor are ecstatic. The client has a beautifully transformed space and the contractor has made 15% profit Meanwhile back on planet earth…. The client gives a brief, designs and costs are produced. The client loves the design, but the budget is 30% less than costs submitted. You cost engineer the BoQ...