Select Interiors

Select Interiors Recent Projects



A timely commercial office, reception and fit-out by Select Interiors Ltd & Kate Yates Design Director of Territory Interiors show how a modest budget can boost inventive fit out solutions

‘’This is the future of workplace design,” Kate Yates from Territory Interiors  sums up her latest office fit-out project with partnering interiors company Select Interiors Ltd

Just off Atlantic Street in Altrincham Select Interiors working for Kate Yates of Territory Interiors Ltd have given a national property company a new reception, café, post room, washroom facilities and all corridors.

Estate Manager Shelly O’Reilly unearthed some aged photographs of how the building’s interior looked in the 1930’s, Kate was keen to recreate some of the features that had been stripped out in subsequent unsympathetic refurbishments over the following decades





The client a rapidly expanding property company specialising in providing economical, flexible spaces for small companies. The brief was to create a bright look to the interiors of all the communal spaces. The fit out encompassed 2 buildings totalling 4,500 sqft. including Reception, managers office, café, post room, cloakroom, staircases (x 2) corridors, 3 kitchens and 3 sets of WCs. The refurbishment needed to be cost effective (£182 per sq m; one fifth of normal market rates according to RIBA); highly designed (including bespoke fittings despite the modest budget); easily maintained (durable easy to clean finishes) and efficient (low maintenance & running costs). 

‘’The completed scheme is an example of where workplace design is at in the current economic climate’’ Kate Yates designer & Director of Territory Interiors

“The first step was to assess which elements of the building could be recycled or reused. The floor in reception and café were two of them.”

The beautiful Pitch Pine woodblock flooring above was concealed by layers of latex screed, plywood and vinyl tiles. Select Interiors Manchester interior fit out team stripped up and carefully refurbished the floor back to it’s original state, repairing and patching, filling thousands of mini holes with clear cellulose fillers and fine sanding dust

The original reception area black & white diamond tiling was carefully restored by the Select Interiors team, the resulting flooring refurbishments saved costs and look stunning. Revealing the history and original finishes in line with the client’s brief of reviving the best of the original interior elements, saving costs, and recycling to reduce waste and thus construction costs

Shelley’s office below was reconfigured and incorporated the original woodblock, iconic Victorian cast iron radiators and the plaster stripped back to reveal a beautiful patina with layers of historic finishes still evident. The ceiling voids above and the remaining walls were insulated to a high spec. to save heating costs, sleek LED batons on steel catenary wires and pin spot Emergency lighting are efficient and low maintenance


Estate Manager Shelly hard at work in her new space

“On such modest budgets it’s about clever reuse plus investing in the client-facing areas where you need to have some impact,” Carl Brown, fit out contractor’s Managing Director, explains. Historically commercial office building fit outs followed the common corporate office design approach of the 80s, which was all about ploughing money into the reception with a simple back office and the most basic finishes and lighting in corridors and staff facilities’’

“The design for Atlantic Street Business Centre was about recreating to some extent the period fittings but incorporating the latest lighting and technology. Original features of value were sympathetically restored by the Select Interiors Ltd team’’

C.P. Brown Managing Director

On the project, the reception desk above is a bespoke design with a sleek black top and 100 x 200mm tiled finish, storage, tops for fax and mobile metal pedestal which cost less than half an equivalent off the shelf product. The attention paid to the reception and cafe area shows that same design values have been carried throughout all the communal spaces saving costs with innovative design solutions



The corridor areas were formerly dank, poorly lit with the obligatory cheap charcoal contract cord carpeting are now vibrant spaces that has been brought to life. New hygienic ceilings utilising the existing grid to save costs, lighting flush Led panels with low key pin spot Emergency fittings, switched on passive sensors. The new ceilings are wipeable, reflect the natural light, the passive sensors save on power when not is use the lighting is not on and maintenance costs. Each economical LED panel. New textured Oak contract flooring has been installed, bespoke brand graphics, furniture and accessories complete the picture


Kate Yates director of Territory Interiors: “We did a comprehensive audit to select what was worth keeping so there was a slight editing of what went in. Ultimately it’s about reducing waste & savings to refurbish as much as possible within the budget. What’s the point in spending loads of money to replace features and fittings that still work?”



Select Interiors re-used areas of original flooring, ceiling grids, over-tiling in WCs to save demolition and plastering costs. Completing bespoke joinery items on site as well in their workshop to achieve cost savings without compromising the quality of the end product

Since the fit out the client has fully let all the empty spaces thus justifying the expendature. Estate Manger Shelly gave Select Interiors Ltd great feedback about what a fantastic job Select Interiors Ltd did and how helpful and polite the Select Interior site team were

Select Interiors have completed works for the same client in Wimbledon in London, Basingstoke, Letchworth, Nottingham and Gateshead. Scope of works have included refurbishment of reception areas, communal spaces, atriums, staircases, kitchens and WCs to inlcude electrical, LED lighting, data, bespoke joinery, decoration & flooring


See below a few examples of other recently completed works


Design and fit out including demolition, electrical, data, AV equipment, bespoke joinery, neon signage, desks, storage, vintage furniture, decoration and bespoke graphics. The project had a short -lead time and a 2.5 week programme. Project on the 5th floor of Tower 12, Bridge St on the edge of the Spinningfields Estate

Just wanted to say a massive thank you and congratulations to you and the team for NAILING the new office

I will write you a blog/testimonial at some point in the next few weeks, but just wanted to say a personal thank you.  It was wonderful to see the vision come to life, the staff love it and the whole environment is built for success.

Well done!

Email above from Nicola client Strategic People’s Project Manager

Project Film


Royal Mills Cert Properties

Design and fit out including demolition, electrical, data, AV equipment, bespoke joinery, desks, storage, decoration and bespoke graphics. The project had a short -lead time and a 2-week programme. Project on the 1st floor of Royal Mills in trendy Ancoats, see a short film of the project below


Biz Space Nottingham


This fit out was completed for a national property company in Nottingham. The Design was by Kate Yates, Director of Territory Interiors, the fit out including demolition, electrical, data, AV equipment, plumbing, sanitary ware, ceramic tiling, bespoke joinery, desks, storage, decoration and bespoke Aluminium front doors and door entry system.  The works project had a short -lead time and a 5 week programme


We at Select Interiors Office Design & Fit Out Company judge the success of the buildings and places we design by the way people use and enjoy them – the clients who commission them, the people who inhabit them. Good design is about helping clients meet their needs and objectives. It is also about the way people feel when they experience it, a sense of meaning, connection and belonging

Please click the link to view more recently completed projects

Talk to the experts about how an engaging fit out can improve productivity and wellbeing to help attract & retain motivated staff call the Select Interiors design team on 0161 445 4040 or email

Related posts

0161 445 4040

Studio 31a, Tib Street, Manchester, M4 1LX