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office design trends 2019

Select Interiors have identified what we feel are the top 5 design trends identified by the team from Clerkenwell Design Week 2019.  It’s crucial to us to stay on top of the latest trends in workplace design so that we can deliver the best for our clients. The following 5 trends were uniformly adopted by manufacturers and suppliers at this year’s event Collaboration & Community Biophilia Materiality & Colour Movement at Work Track & Lineal Lighting   COLLABORATION AND COMMUNITY Collaboration has been an integral contributor towards...

Office design around cultures

Office design can help build company culture, the following blog illustrates the main 4 cultures present within most organisations You’ve optimised the tech, had consultants streamlining your processes. What next? Organisational culture is an important consideration that will affect efficiency and performance when it comes to office design. "The critical achievement of workspace design is to integrate the various – and sometimes competing – cultures, values and behaviours of people to meet company goals," Carl Brown Managing Director "No matter how strong an organisation's planned procedures,...

How To Create A Fantastic Workplace

Why create a fantastic Workplace?   Seems like a silly question, why wouldn’t you? There are numerous reasons why we strive to create the perfect workplace. A recent global report highlights how employees that have more control over various aspects of their workplace and work experience, are more engaged. Therefore, empowering people to decide where and how they will be most productive is one strategy organisations can employ. There are six fundamental elements that form a ‘framework’ for creating a workplace that enables both...

Give Your Employees More Control

Give employees choice and control over when and how to work The global report highlights how employees, who have more control over various aspects of their workplace and work experience, are more engaged. Therefore, empowering people to decide where and how they will be most productive is one strategy organisations can employ. No two days are the same for employees; sometimes they will need to do focus work, while other times they will need to collaborate. Sometimes they will prefer to be...

Practical Changes to Boost Employee Engagement

The modern office has transformed significantly in the past decade. With the advent of continued growth in the jobs market (low unemployment) and a culture change within the so called ‘Generation Z’, younger employees expect more than a heated and lit space with desks. Office design and the culture of ‘The Office’ has become one of the key drivers to both attract and retain the best staff, also to enhance productivity and job satisfaction.   The tech industry has been at the...

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, show the crucial role that experiencing nature has for our well-being. Five to twenty minutes in a biophilic environment can trigger a positive restorative response. These reactions...

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, power, lighting, bespoke fitted storage, manifestations, 2 kitchens, plumbing, decoration and contract cleaning. The company relocated from a large open plan area into a 2...

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...

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. I we never rest we, can’t focus, or don’t work with each other, we miss out on finding new ideas and fail to execute them. Organisations that value and design workplaces that support all these activities can improve their innovation efforts simply...