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, […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 & 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. […]

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 […]

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 […]