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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...

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...

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...

Questions and answers on how to get the best out of your office space

Above image works by Select Interiors Ltd office fitter Manchester for Rapport creative agency in Manchester’s centre of trend The Northern Quarter 1 Reception Area Reception the first impression visitors get of your company Ask yourself whether it really reflects who you are and if it embodies your brand values? An impressive well designed reception desk, lighting, graphics and soft furnishings all create a welcoming and memorable statement of your company 2 Clutter and Storage We’ve all been in offices which are full of clutter, files...