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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...

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...

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...