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Select Interiors, Synergy Architects and QA Group – how a modest budget can repay the investment

‘’This is creative workplace design completed over a 14 week phased programme at a very competitive price” Martha Loraines, Operations Director sums up her latest office fit-out project for Synergy Architects & QA Ltd Just out of Leeds City Centre Select Interiors working for premier office fit out architecture practice Synergy have given the regional office of QA a new re-design of reception, breakout spaces, kitchens, washroom facilities, acoustic glazing, renewal of heating / cooling, new industrial boilers, LED lighting, flooring,...

Explaining the Design Process

The design process is difficult to explain, at the beginning its 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...

Manchester is home to the largest tec cluster outside of London

Count on us to give great value and inspiring design to get your company into the Black… 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, they’re responsible for creating one in three new...

Complete refurbishment of Leeds Office for QA & Milton Keynes based Synergy Architects

Select Interiors have completed a major internal refurbishment of a 3-storey office block in Leeds for the rapidly expanding QA group. QA are a leading provider of world class training with over 20 regional offices. They provide over 1500 training courses in IT, tech and training provider for government and business with 300 learning professionals who are experts in their field that deliver over 5000 training days every year The scheme designed by Milton Keynes based Synergy Survey images below         Project Architect...

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 specialises in programme staffing solutions for Business, Technology Change and developers in Digital Technology The timeline of events from enquiry to stage III, five working days Initial enquiry @10.45 on Tuesday Initial Meeting & site survey 11am Wednesday (following day)       Submission of client Brief and Survey Images on Thursday (2 days after initial enquiry)  Drawings Design...

Case Study – Warehouse conversion to Showroom and Offices for Boardmans

After an Employee Engagement survey all the staff currently working commented how they loved the new office interior – designed and fitted out by Select Interiors Ltd The project brief was to design, conversion & refurbish of a warehouse unit, the space a ground floor formerly a warehouse and the 1st floor offices Survey images below         Boardmans Design are a long-established international Manchester based Fashion Brand. This successful company has been trading for over 100 years. The expanding business wanted a...

Office design – Consultancy is essential to the successful planning of your new space

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3v_4_edc9E&t=38s An in-depth analysis of who you are, what your people need to succeed and how you can optimise your office space. The process of workplace consultancy is essential for understanding all the finer details your office refurbishment or relocation project. Your new workplace needs careful consideration and planning based on the requirements of your organisation, from your company culture to the ergonomics of your new work-space and more importantly the needs of your colleagues. This is the best way to be sure you make the...

The Bonded Warehouse – Is it the coolest period office development in Manchester?

Select Interiors are the first contractor to have won a fit out in this stunning new development by the achingly cool Allied London. Select Interiors have won a tender to fit out new offices for London based Levitt Bernstein Architects The 4-week project includes bespoke joinery, mechanical, electrical, data, partitioning, bespoke steel sliding doors, flooring & decoration. Select Interiors had previously fitted out the company’s current offices in the Old Granada Studios building 3-D sketch of scheme by Jamie & Victoria from...

Co-Worker Spaces are reinventing office life. Is yours next?

Step inside its world of vintage chairs, froth insulation and zig-zagging walkways. This inventive scheme in Holland Park, London is like an office designer’s LSD trip, with lava lamp tear bubble desks, acid colours and planting like Kew’s greenhouses The SPACE above was created from an unappealing former carpet factory with an extruded bubble of Orange transparent plastic stretched two mews houses. The interior is brimming with spiky leaves, eclectic furniture and acid colours like a jungle remix for generation X The concept...

Wellbeing at work is about much more than fruit on desks and subsidised gym memberships!

So many people are interested in fitness now, being healthy, looking good, working out and wearing the associated fashionwear, so called Ath Leisure. The successful TV series Love Island features a bevy of scantily clad buff bodies and has probably contributed to this trend Employers should actively encourage healthier lifestyles which will reap benefits in terms of reduced absenteeism, increased wellbeing and better staff engagement. The Tax man is even in on this trend with the introduction in 1999 of the...

Metrolink GMT – Keolis Amey Case Study

Select Interiors have contract for the design and refurbishment of 10 rest facilities for Metrolink operators Keolis Amey for Transport for Greater Manchester. We have also won a bid for the interior design and space planning for their two main Administration Offices in Trafford and Cheetham Hill. See below draft layout plans stage 1 approved by the board Visual of proposed works at Piccadilly Select Interiors Ltd completed design and refurbishment works for ten rest facilities. Services include demolition, an extension,...

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Space the Final Frontier…

SPACE THE FINAL FRONTIER…… Space the final frontier was the tag line of Star Trek’s Captain Kirk at the start of every episode as the SSS Enterprise entered warp speed and the stars became a spark like blur emanating from the centre of our screens Select Interiors Manchester’s tag line is Love Your Space and like the crew of the SSS Enterprise we want to take your space, full of endless possibilities to be the best it can be within your budget There’s...

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...

Top 6 Office Interiors Trends Clerkenwell Design Week 2018

The Select Interiors team spent the week in Clerkenwell for Design Week which attracted over 30,000 visitors. The event spread over a square mile in the heart of London’s trendiest location is a must see in the calender to see what’s new in the world of commercial office and interior design. Clerkenwell is the key design district and hosts three days of product launches, installations, and inspiring talks. The following images are some of the manufacturers and products we found...

Truth to materials & the Craft of Design & Fit Out

Truth to materials & the Craft of Design & Fit Out

Truth to materials is an architectural theory based on the idea that materials should be used where they are most appropriate, and without their innate ‘natural’ qualities being concealed. To realise the beauty of materials in their raw state Examples of this theory in practice include: Exposed concreteleft unpainted, with shuttering marks un-sanded. Timber’s natural grain left unpolished, paintedor stained. Copper’s natural patina left untouched. Steelworkleft exposed Raw masonry walls exposed Exposed galvanised lighting containment and track As a theory, it is most closely associated with modernist architecture & design and in...

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Why gyms and a Friday beer fridge just won’t cut it

Much has been written recently extolling the virtues of employee-centred workplace design, but there has been very little serious research backing the trend. The result has been workplace design strategy driven by fads and buzzwords, and where no concrete benefits are subsequently felt by employees. Ultimately, ill-informed redesigns can prove expensive exercises in futility if employees don’t ultimately benefit in terms of quality of life and productivity There is a correlation between workplace design and productivity. The physical work environment impacts...

Design Implications and Space Planning

Workers today are driven by a need for autonomy over where and when they work to achieve the desired peak-performance. Many traditional workspaces where employees are untethered to work dedicated workstations are thankfully becoming outdated. At Select Interiors Ltd we seek to incorporate choice and variety in a environment to accommodate a range of workstyles and mobility. ‘’Designed to support an agile workforce, the Worksmart Space above fosters innovative thinking and easily adapts to new ways of working, as well as...

listed buildings case study, the story & completion images

Listed Buildings Case Study, The Story & Completion images

Completion of a Design & Refurbishment of Grade II Listed Building within the Barton Arcade, 63 Deansgate, Manchester by Select Interiors Ltd for Apple Partner GBM Ltd The project brief was to design, conversion & refurbish of a Grade II listed (both external envelope and internal Listed) retail unit, the unit has three floors, a basement, ground with a single shop front on Deansgate and a double frontage to the 1st floor Survey images GBM are a long-established Apple authorised reseller....

Good Design Need not be Expensive

Good design need not be expensive, how Select Interiors maintains a budget and an example of why a budget was exceeded by 18% It is said that good ideas never go out of style. The greatest barrier to achieving a perfect interior is usually the budget. As most clients have less than is needed to achieve the ideal, it falls to the designer to be arbiter, selector of materials, finishes and to have a tight rein on the purse strings....

Warehouse Conversion to Showroom and Offices

case study – warehouse conversion to showroom and offices for boardmans design international fashion distributor update Design & Conversion of Warehouse to Showrooms and Head Office for Great Manchester Fashion Brand Boardmans The project brief was to design, conversion & refurbish of a warehouse unit, the space a ground floor formerly a warehouse and the 1st floor offices. Check out the demolition to completion video below!! https://youtu.be/_6NdVF5vv4w Survey images below         Boardmans Design are a long-established international Manchester based Fashion Brand. This successful...