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What does your office interior say about your business?

Each office has its own unique purpose and the best office designs are focused on the people using them and enhancing their productivity. Your office should be a representation of your brand and certain design styles have become synonymous with different sectors. The workplace is made up of a diverse network of individuals and businesses should benefit from recognising and catering for the diverse requirements of personality types and the needs of different departments But what does your office design say...

Is Ancoats the new Northern Quarter?

According to Travel Supermarket Ancoats ranks number 7 in the hippest neighbourhoods in the UK Ancoats is also mentioned as part of The Northern Powerhouse initiative. Central to the vision is the creation of a world class transport system which links the North to Southern regions and London which will allow Manchester & Ancoats to compete with the best performing regions of Europe. This will attract investment from overseas, further driving growth and establishing Manchester as a hub for innovation and...

Select Interiors Recent Projects

A timely commercial office, reception and fit-out by Select Interiors Ltd & Kate Yates Design Director of Territory Interiors show how a modest budget can boost inventive fit out solutions ‘’This is the future of workplace design,” Kate Yates from Territory Interiors  sums up her latest office fit-out project with partnering interiors company Select Interiors Ltd Just off Atlantic Street in Altrincham Select Interiors working for Kate Yates of Territory Interiors Ltd have given a national property company a new reception, café,...

We So Love Manchester

Why we at Select Interiors believe that despite the woeful uncertainty and tragedy of Brexit Manchester as the UK’s 2nd city will prosper Why we at Select Interiors believe that despite the woeful uncertainty and tragedy of Brexit Manchester as the UK’s 2nd city will prosper The annual UK Regional Economic Forecast has found that Manchester's GVA will increase by 2.4 per cent over the next three years, putting it ahead of London and neck-and-neck with Reading. Employment growth will also lead the...

Offices That are too Cool for School

Where is the line between a fun collaborative office and one that distracts employees from being productive? The “cool” office spaces we all envy a little (The Huggy Bear Factor) – the ones with gaming areas, nap nooks / quiet rooms, fully-stocked kitchens with bottle fridges for beer are still the exception and not the norm. You can’t just throw up a basketball hoop and tell your employees go play without first establishing some ground rules and have an idea that...

Select Interiors Manchester office design and fit-out Boardmans

Warehouse Shop Conversion for Boardmans Design

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 is on 2 floors ground & 1st floor https://youtu.be/El15olwg3Kw Survey images below     Our client Boardmans are a long-established international Manchester based Fashion Brand. This successful company has been trading for over 100 years. The expanding business wanted a new home with all their facilities in one site. Select Interiors won the tender to...

Projects for Q1 2018 & Listed Building Update

Select Interiors wins contract for the design and refurbishment of 11 rest facilities for Metrolink operators Keolis Amey for Transport for Greater Manchester   Select Interiors have recently tendered and won the first of a major investment in staff facilities owned by Transport for Greater Manchester and operated by Keolis Amey. Select Interiors Ltd completed design and refurbishment works for two rest facilities for previous operators of Metrolink in Piccadilly & Cornbrook Stations in Manchester. Select Interiors Ltd have won another...

6 Trends for Office and Workspaces Design for 2018

Top 6 Dynamic Trends for Office and Workspaces Design for 2018 as Predicted by the Select Interiors Ltd Team. In today’s world, it’s important to have an office space that functions according to your businesses needs and enhances the performance of those who work within its walls. Therefore, the design of your office is so important and why design trends are constantly changing and adapting to the demands of businesses. It directly impacts our ability to work and be at our...

Select Interiors – Best of 2017!

Select Interiors Manchester design and fit out company present a smorgasbord of the best of 2017 selected by the team. The selection was not made on value, profitability or whether we designed the scheme, but purely on how much we enjoyed the process. Number 1 on Select Interiors Fit out Company top 10 - Biz Space Altrincham Business Centre on Altrincham, Select Interiors developed the scheme from initial brief to refurbish 3,000 sqft of communal space, reception, café, corridors, staircases and washroom...

Optimising the Workplace for Innovative Thinking

Coffee Shop Work & How to Optimise the Workplace for Innovative Thinking by Incorporating Smart Design. According to academic research acoustics have a role to play. You need about 70 decibels to enhance creative performance, anything lower, e.g. a quiet conversation and we pick up on the fact that it is too quiet. Noise above 85 decibels, which is like city traffic heard from the inside of a car, is too high and distracting. So, there's this interesting range that is...

Listed Buildings Case Study Progress

Design & Refurbishment of Grade II Listed Building within the Barton Arcade, 63 Deansgate, Manchester by Select Interiors Ltd The project brief was to design, conversion & refurbish of a 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 below       Our client GBM are a long established Apple authorised reseller. This successful company has been trading for over 20 years and is...

How to Create a Successful Organisational Culture: Build It into the design

  What is the definition of company culture and how does it impact the workplace? Company culture is the personality of a company. It defines the environment in which employees work. Company culture includes a variety of elements, including, company mission, values, ethics, expectations, goals and of course the working environment Example, some companies have a team-based culture with employee participation on all levels, while other have a more structured, traditional and formal management style It’s the personality of an organisation...

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...

Designing the Office for Work Focus

Employers need open and interactive spaces to encourage collaboration, and such spaces can introduce distractions. Distractions, however, sabotage focus, and focus work is a necessary part of collaborative efforts. How can we solve this conflict? Select Interior’s approach to workplace design is to encourages both collaboration and focus work. We try to Offer employees a variety of workspace options, choice over where, how, and when to best work, and control over workspace features and furnishings. We strive to make the workplace...

8 points to incorporate the latest workplace trends

Biz Space Gateshead - Completion Images Clarkenwell Design Week 2017- By Select Interiors Research, knowledge and expertise built over 30 years of creating office spaces has allowed us to evaluate workplace trends and to be able to tailor spaces that support workers to work effectively Select Interiors approach to structuring the office environment gives employees the flexibility to move around and work in whichever environment best suits their tasks. The Select Interiors design team strives to Create Spaces that are freer flowing and...

Focus on Altrincham & Recent Projects

A timely commercial office, reception and fit-out by Select Interiors Ltd & Kate Yates Design Director of Territory Interiors show how a modest budget can boost inventive fit out solutions ’This is the future of workplace design,” Kate Yates from Territory Interiors sums up her latest office fit-out project with partnering interiors company Select Interiors Ltd Just off Atlantic Street in Altrincham Select Interiors working for Kate Yates of Territory Interiors Ltd have given a national property company a new reception, café,...

Seeing Through the Hand: Why Drawing Remains Relevant in the Design Process

Drawings and sketches, perhaps during lunch with a colleague on a paper napkin to illustrate an idea. We’ve all done it, so why is it the exception not the norm in design today? Universities and colleges have, for the most part, stopped teaching hand drawing, so students don’t regard it as an integral part of the creative process. Now that computers can create just about any virtual and real-looking environment, drawing is perceived as old-fashioned and slow. Contemporary culture pushes us...

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...

A month at Select Interiors design & fit out company

Progress at Tower 12 design & fit out by Select Interiors Ltd for Strategic People     Selection of Progress Images week 1   3D MODEL PRESENTATION, THE CLIENT WAS ABLE TO VIRTUALLY WALK THROUGH THE MODEL The scheme incorporated vintage furniture and lighting with a workbench for a Credenza and bespoke boardroom and meeting tables with reclaimed timber tops. Reclaimed timber flooring laid at 45 degrees and bespoke wall feature with Fluorescent tubes, stand- off acrylic logo / lettering and reclaimed flooring for a truly...

thinking in colour

Thinking in colour – Use of colour in the Office

Thinking in colour – Use of colour in the Office 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...