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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...

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...

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...

office design tips

Top 5 Office Design Tips

Top 5 Office Design Tips It is one of the biggest questions for all UK businesses at the moment: how can companies make their office somewhere that attracts and retain the best staff? Tech & Property Companies like the example above have traditionally been leading the way. Currently however companies from all sectors are investing in their working environment as in the short film and images below. The communal coworker spaces were designed by Kate Yates and Select Interiors Ltd Manchester fit...

whats next

You sign your lease on an empty shell, what next?

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 businessoperates 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 6thFebruary 17 Initial Meeting & site survey 11am on 07th February 17 Submission of client...