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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...

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...

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 recent exhibition in Margate Turner Contemporary gallery. The thought-provoking demonstration of the effect of colour on mood and productivity, enlisted the help of global trend experts...

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 by Allied London. Designed by Levitt Bernstein’s crack team, fit out by Select Interiors Manchester Works included; electrical, data, plumbing, mechanical, structural works, bespoke Crittal steel &...

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. The Metrolink tram system is the largest of its kind in the UK, serving 93 stops across seven different lines along almost 100km of track, with a fleet of 120 modern...

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 of receiving and developing your brief we get an  understanding of the finer details of your office refurbishment or fit out project. Your new workplace needs careful consideration and planning based...

Select Interiors, Synergy Architects and QA Group – how a modest budget can repay the investment

‘’This is creative workplace design completed over a 14 week phased programme at a very competitive price” Martha Loraines, Operations Director sums up her latest office fit-out project for Synergy Architects & QA Ltd Just out of Leeds City Centre Select Interiors working for premier office fit out architecture practice Synergy have given the regional office of QA a new re-design of reception, breakout spaces, kitchens, washroom facilities, acoustic glazing, renewal of heating / cooling, new industrial boilers, LED lighting, flooring,...

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...

Manchester is home to the largest tec cluster outside of London

Count on us to give great value and inspiring design to get your company into the Black… 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...