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Why should businesses embrace co-working?

First a potted history of the Evolution of Co-working.  The global co-working movement can trace its origins to the emergence of ‘hackerspaces’ in the mid-1990s. These open workplaces provided physical spaces where people with common digital technology interests could gather to work on projects while sharing ideas, equipment and knowledge. Co-working as a term was coined by Brian DeKoven, a game designer in 1999, he named a working style to facilitate collaboration and meetings. 2005 was the first official collaborative...

What does an office fit out cost?

While there is no definitive answer as to the costs of an office fit out, there certainly are a range of aspects to be considered. This can often be too general or inaccurate to assist in decision making – after all, your project will be unique, defined & based on factors such as size, location and active requirements. Factors that can affect fit out costs are: Office fit out costs in Manchester Is the building already fitted to Cat A fit out...

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You sign your lease on your new office, what next?

Property; 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 business operates 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 6th February 17                          ...

Office Fit Out Completed for Levitt Berstein

The open-plan office, is still relevant

For decades the trend among workplaces has seen employees moving out of individual offices and into open-plan spaces. This has not always been successful, with the open-plan approach receiving significant criticism. The key issues are distraction and noise, which apparently leads to uncooperative behaviour, distrust and negative personal relationships, and the lack of privacy and sense of being universally observed – which are particularly problematic for women. See typical open plan office design scheme by Select Interiors Ltd for Platinum Stair Lifts See...

Value – Quality Assurance – Delivery

Value Good negotiating skills, experience, and having a good payment record helps with suppliers. Always try and contact the Sales Representatives rather than just accepting the price from a Company telesales operator. This advice seems a little obvious often people do not have the time to compile and send out official tenders and to talk to mobile sales reps. often busy or unavailable. The easiest option is to refer to trade price lists and often office-based sales staff. At Select Interiors...

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Latest news….

Select Interiors Manchester design studio have recently completed works for a design & fit out for upmarket design & interiors group Clarke & Clarke (link) part of the mighty Walker Greenbank Group. The contract included demolition, mechanical, bespoke metal-work, bespoke joinery, partitioning, plaster finishes, desks, furniture and show room fit out. LED track and day-light LED luminaires. The careful removal of their existing showroom previously fitted in Accrington https://www.select-interiors.com/project/clarke-clarke-2/, transported to new site and re-configured to suite new showroom at...

Manchester… Probably the best city in the world for tech and creatives

The UK is a nation of inventors and entrepreneurs, with 75 new companies launched every hour. But don’t assume this is London-centric – regional clusters of activity are thriving too The High Growth Small Business urban three out of every five high-growth small businesses are located outside of London and the south-east of England. Not only that, they’re responsible for creating one in three new jobs – that’s up to three times the number created by FTSE 100 companies. According to...

The perfect job with the perfect client may at times seem like the existence of Unicorns

I would like you to imagine an enquiry from a perfect client, then a seamless delivery with no variations and a perfect, completed project on time, on budget and both client and contractor are ecstatic. The client has a beautifully transformed space and the contractor has made 15% profit Meanwhile back on planet earth…. The client gives a brief, designs and costs are produced. The client loves the design, but the budget is 30% less than costs submitted. You cost engineer the...

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 seen the brilliant initial concept sketch for the Guggenheim by Frank Gehry below The results above are impressive, I recently san a concept sketch by Ian...

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...