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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...

Window graphics

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...

Explaining The Design Process

The design process is difficult to explain, in the beginning, it's analytical whereby you try to understand and process the information from the client in the form of a brief. Drawings and sketches are developed, perhaps over coffee with a colleague on a paper napkin to start the process. I am sure most people have seen the brilliant initial concept sketch for the Guggenheim by Frank Gehry below The results above are impressive, I recently san a concept sketch by Ian Simpson...

office design trends 2019

Select Interiors have identified what we feel are the top 5 design trends identified by the team from Clerkenwell Design Week 2019. It’s crucial for us to stay on top of the latest trends in workplace design so that we can deliver the best for our clients. The following 5 trends were uniformly adopted by manufacturers and suppliers at this year’s event Collaboration & Community Biophilia Materiality & Colour Movement at Work Track & Lineal Lighting   COLLABORATION AND COMMUNITY Collaboration has been an integral contributor...

Office design around cultures

Office design can help build company culture, the following blog illustrates the main 4 cultures present within most organisations You’ve optimised the tech, had consultants streamlining your processes. What next? Organisational culture is an important consideration that will affect efficiency and performance when it comes to office design. "The critical achievement of workspace design is to integrate the various – and sometimes competing – cultures, values and behaviours of people to meet company goals," Carl Brown Managing Director "No matter how strong an organisation's planned procedures,...

How To Create A Fantastic Workplace

Why create a fantastic Workplace?   Seems like a silly question, why wouldn’t you? There are numerous reasons why we strive to create the perfect workplace. A recent global report highlights how employees that have more control over various aspects of their workplace and work experience, are more engaged. Therefore, empowering people to decide where and how they will be most productive is one strategy organisations can employ. There are six fundamental elements that form a ‘framework’ for creating a workplace that enables both...

Give Your Employees More Control

Give employees choice and control over when and how to work The global report highlights how employees, who have more control over various aspects of their workplace and work experience, are more engaged. Therefore, empowering people to decide where and how they will be most productive is one strategy organisations can employ. No two days are the same for employees; sometimes they will need to do focus work, while other times they will need to collaborate. Sometimes they will prefer to be...

Practical Changes to Boost Employee Engagement

The modern office has transformed significantly in the past decade. With the advent of continued growth in the jobs market (low unemployment) and a culture change within the so called ‘Generation Z’, younger employees expect more than a heated and lit space with desks. Office design and the culture of ‘The Office’ has become one of the key drivers to both attract and retain the best staff, also to enhance productivity and job satisfaction.   The tech industry has been at the forefront...

What is Biophilia? – Use of colour, materials and planting for wellbeing & acoustics

Biophilia 'An innate and genetically determined affinity of human beings with the natural world' (according to a theory of the biologist E. O. Wilson) Why should organisations incorporate biophilic design into their physical environments? Biophilic design has been shown to have economic, health, cultural and environmental benefits. Recent research from the field of neuroscience and endocrinology, show the crucial role that experiencing nature has for our well-being. Five to twenty minutes in a biophilic environment can trigger a positive restorative response. These reactions...

Reuse & Recycle: Office Fit Out

Select Interiors have just completed a to fit out the head office for a major off shore investor in Manchester’s housing LPC 1. Select Interiors designed and fitted out the new HQ working over the Christmas holiday to meet deadline. Scope of works included design / layout / space planning drawings, partitioning, glazed partitions, data, power, lighting, bespoke fitted storage, manifestations, 2 kitchens, plumbing, decoration and contract cleaning. The company relocated from a large open plan area into a 2...

What is the difference between Cat A & Cat B fit outs?

There is no universal or absolute definition of ‘Shell and Core’, ‘Category A’ or ‘Category B’ fit outs. However the following definitions describe what can be assumed to be included: Shell and Core The building is completed to the following specification: Complete fit out of reception / entrance halls, staircases, communal areas, toilets, lifts and core. To include Base Services’ plant and equipment terminated at breakout points to floors. Basic safety infrastructure - sprinkler systems, tanks and risers, fire alarm panel and emergency...

Optimising workplace design for Work Rest & Play

Optimising workplace design for Work Rest & Play It seems two very different behaviours optimise creative thinking for innovation processes: high focus work and restorative activities. We need to experience these on our own as well as with others. If we never rest we, can’t focus, or don’t work with each other, we miss out on finding new ideas and fail to execute them. Organisations that value and design workplaces that support all these activities can improve their innovation efforts simply...

Thinking in colour – Office Design and the effect of colours on mood and productivity

Does an office with orange carpets have more productive workers than one with grey? A recent event explored the psychological effect of designing with different shades. The example above by Select Interiors Ltd for Mediacom uses vibrant colours to define zones for different teams within the business The Psychology of Colour in the Workplace, a recent exhibition in Margate Turner Contemporary gallery. The thought-provoking demonstration of the effect of colour on mood and productivity, enlisted the help of global trend experts WGSN...

Presenting A Smorgasbord Of The Best Of 2018 Selected By The Team

For your viewing pleasure, please see below our top 10 interiors of 2018 as chosen by your team at Select! Number 1 on Select Interiors Fit out Company top 10 -  Levitt Bernstein Architects, Select Interiors office fitters Manchester installed a Cat B scheme refurbish 1,500 square feet of offices in the ground-breaking period Bonded Warehouse by Allied London. Designed by Levitt Bernstein’s crack team, fit out by Select Interiors Manchester Works included; electrical, data, plumbing, mechanical, structural works, bespoke Crittal steel &...

Warehouse & Office conversion Case Study Progress

Design & Conversion of warehouse, 1st floor segmented offices, ground floor kitchen and communal spaces   The project brief was to design, conversion & refurbish of 1st floor offices, communal areas, kitchens and warehouse office extension Survey images below     Our client GMT, Keolis Amey Metrolink Boardmans are the operator of Greater Manchester's Metrolink tram system. The Metrolink tram system is the largest of its kind in the UK, serving 93 stops across seven different lines along almost 100km of track, with a fleet of 120 modern...

Space does not move but people do….

Space does not move but people do…. At Select Interiors we strive to design inspiring activity based working environments that cater for the differing requirements and staff cultures within an organisation. An in-depth analysis of who you are, what your people need to succeed and how you can optimise your office space. By the process of receiving and developing your brief we get an  understanding of the finer details of your office refurbishment or fit out project. Your new workplace needs careful consideration and planning based...