Amos Beech launches revolutionary new office app for agile working

Amos Beech launches revolutionary new office app for agile working

Workplace consultants Amos Beech have launched a revolutionary new app for people to plan their agile working day.

The iOt Space app is a workspace reservation solution to manage flexible workspace environments.

Amos Beech launches revolutionary new office Agile Working app into the UK market

The iOt Space app is a workspace reservation solution to manage flexible workspace environments. Benefits to companies range from reducing employers’ heating and cleaning costs to increasing staff productivity, efficiency and wellbeing in the workplace.

 

Using a colour-coded system, at the touch of a button you can find your workspace and colleagues, make unoccupied and hidden workspaces visible, have one solution for meeting rooms and workplaces and be up and running within just one week. The ideal solution for agile working!

The device shows real-time availability for each workspace and the beauty is you can occupy a workspace on the spot or book in advance from home so gone are the days of over-booking or embarrassment when you can’t find a free desk in a busy room full of workers you may not know. 

iOt Space uses colours to show if workspaces are free (green), reserved (blue) or occupied (red). In the app on the phone it is also visible to who is using what workspace so workers can see availability and at what times.

The iOt Space agile working app features:

  • Finding and booking workspaces

  • Search colleagues

  • Privacy: only share what you want to share, data deleted after 23:59h

  • LED badges easily identified by different colours

  • Support team assistance.

For more information click here: AGILE WORKING

Agile working is innovative, different and cost-effective flexible working so workers can choose to work where, when and how they want in a more sociable inter-active office.

Amos Beech is a leading Interior Design, Fit Out and Furniture company based in the Scottish Central Belt. Amos Beech offers the iOt Space solution as an integral part of its Samuel Bruce furniture range or as a retrofit option.

 


 

New branding, new website, well new everything!

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New branding, new website, well new everything!

At Amos Beech we pride ourselves in creating unique interior solutions tailored to the specific needs of the customer. As no customer is the same no interior designed and build by Amos Beech, is a copy paste. In the 27 years of our existence we have seen a tremendous change in the office workplace. The same is the case here at Amos Beech and today we launch our new branding:

Amos Beech branding 3.0

Using a mix of bold colours like purple and magenta combining the calm stability of blue and the fierce energy of red into harmony and balance, our corporate colour is spontaneous and impulsive, yet resourceful and organized. 

Up until today we have used a variant of the colour in our beechnut logo for over 12 years. You can read more about the history of Amos Beech here: History.

CREDITS

Just like creating great office interiors, a re-branding exercise is teamwork. And for this we would like to say a massive THANK YOU to:

  • the members of the public at Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh and the gardeners of Edinburgh Council
  • the members of the public on George Square Glasgow and the workmen cleaning the Sir Walter Scott monument who joined us during their coffee break
  • the management and fishermen of Frandy Fishery that were braving the weather just at the start of the fishing season 
  • Nina James, Val Rennick and Dorien Hartman, family members of the 'actors' Roy, Fiona and Vincent, that were drawn into the production also with hardly any notification or preparation
  • The 'actors' Roy, Fiona and Vincent for stepping outside their comfortzone into the unknown world and fame of the film industry
  • Brockwell James for lending his bike to us
  • Gerry and Jim from Vision Sign & Digital for the great job they did in the manufacture of our 'freestanding' fingerprint beech tree
  • Ernst Wijnands and Jaco Schuurman of Iris Media, video production company, for their creativity, technical skills and ability to deal with an 'organic production' on short notice
  • Roné van der Vliet from Sinds77 for his graphic design and conceptual skills

For more information on what we do, please click here: Interior Design and Fit Out.

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One lochrin square Edinburgh

One lochrin square Edinburgh

One Lochrin Square in Edinburgh’s burgeoning business district offers over 62,000 sq ft of office space to 92-98 Fountainbridge. Designed by Michael Laird Architects, the bold and original architectural presence has sleek lines combined with an original stone façade. Lochrin Square is situated on the corner of Fountainbridge and Gardner’s Crescent backing on to the Scottish Widows HQ.

It offers inspiring, light-filled spaces for focused work, collaboration and relaxation of office space, spread over five floors. 

One Lochrin Square

Amos Beech is proud to have manufactured and installed the flagship reception desk:

Reception desk at One Lochrin Square in Edinburgh

The reception desk at 1 Lochrin Square in the recent refurbished grade A office space is clad in Hanex solid surface material and complemented with coloured glass. This reception desk is a worthy statement to an inviting reception area which only confirms the excellent kerb appeal. A reception desk in a location like this has to appeal to the eye and the heart, it simply has to be delightfull!

Interior design and fit-out

The bespoke reception desk solution is just one of Amos Beech offerings. The company has provided office interior design solutions, office fit out and refurbishment services to the Edinburgh corporate world for years. At Amos Beech it’s all about the customer. We pride ourselves in building trust, having effective communication and creating, functional, efficient and safe spaces where people enjoy working. Each project we undertake is unique and our dynamic interior design team are passionate about delivering a solution within budget, on-time and are there to help every step of the way to create the ideal office environment.

Business Disruption – Moving or Refurbishing Offices is every MD’s nightmare

Business Disruption – Moving or Refurbishing Offices is every MD’s nightmare

Moving a business is not easy, there are so many things to think about, so much to do, along with minimising the disruption to your organisation, so its little wonder that moving or refurbishing offices is often low on the agenda until the last minute. That brings about its pressures as you realise too late that you may have to make a rushed decision.

Refurbishing an existing office is almost harder. Although there is less to arrange, in one sense, there is the added complication of trying to maintain the services and revenue of your company yet expect it to bear with the disruption which potentially can run from weeks to months.

Edinburgh Park, Scotland’s premier business park

Even when you have made the decision of whether to move or refurbish, where do you start? Where did that decision come from? Was it rushed or an informed, logical decision based on robust consideration and challenged against the strategic growth plans of the company?

This is clearly outside your comfort zone. You want the best for your company – minimal disruption and continuity for your customer but along with it you need to deliver on company goals and maintain value to shareholders.

Let’s explore this scenario. Your lease is up for renewal - you obviously have two options - do you stay or do you move? And, as we all know, there are pros and cons to moving or refurbishing offices. The question is, how can I make an informed decision?

One way to do it

Who should you ask? Or is it my decision? Should I know what to do?

Yes, there are consultants out there that would advise and give well informed advice but it doesn’t end there. They are often from a big, even global company and before you know it you are in the maze of consultancy that is both expensive and protracted as you engage with just about every consultant under the sun.

Maxim Office Park Lanarkshire, between Glasgow and Edinburgh designed by keppie Design

Don’t get me wrong, you will end up with first class advice but I have two arguments - it will be both expensive, and quite frankly, take months which as I started with, it is time you often don’t have.

But is there really another way?

Actually, there is, it’s based on trust and comes from a sector of the market you least expect.

Before I start, though, let’s talk about trust as it’s one of the most valuable and effective attributes in business. In scenarios such as this it’s pretty crucial. For this to work we need to engage with someone who is wanting to help you and trust is a two-way street.

This sector is quite unique, often labelled as office furniture suppliers or fit out companies but actually quite different.

And, yes, just like any other company, they are looking to create revenue and grow profits but you are talking to the right person one time here!

Okay, that sounds hackneyed and I apologise but it’s true, just please let me explain.

So, let’s briefly (if I can) expand this scenario out a little further.

Your lease is expiring and you need to make a decision on what to do. You realise this is not a decision you can make without being informed so you go to a reputable consultancy firm who, for a fee, help you evaluate the space you have, the growth plans of the company, the vision and strategic plan and come back with a suggestion of what they feel is what you need to do. But that’s it, they suggest for you to move, they have suggested how much space you need to achieve your growth plans and now… now what?

From here you are often now on a journey with this consultancy as they offer to find you space. They even offer to manage the whole project for you (what a relief!) and go down a merry passage of contracting interior designers, electrical engineers, mechanical and ventilation consultants, quantity surveyors and project managers as they create the perfect solution for you (oh and they take a cut of everything that happens).

Moving or refurbishing offices, is there another way?

But there’s just a few points they missed.

You are now pretty alienated from the process; all these consultants are designing something that they want to be proud of (and rightly so) but that tends to drift away from any budget you may have had. You end up with a Rolls Royce design and, although you have fallen in love with it, you just can’t really justify the expenditure, and more than this to get this far the process has cost you a lot of money!

So here you are with a project over-budget, with a re-look only going to cost more money and time and this is the point that if you hadn’t already been disillusioned by this whole process you are now.

I could go on. Say you even get on site, you have a consultancy pulling together different trades to realise the project, they have ever so cleverly gone to tender to get you the `best price’ but the disconnection carries on site. The electricians fit the floor boxes, the furniture company fit the desking, and, lo and behold, they weren’t communicating with each other during the final design and half of it doesn’t match up creating more delays and potential cost.

The other way

As I said, it’s a different approach and it’s a single, unified one to all of the above. These companies come in and work with CEO’s and MD’s to evaluate the needs of the business. They have no ulterior motive as to whether you move or stay, they aren’t looking for a cut on any third party consultancy, they just have a great understanding of what is important to business.

So you go through the same process of answering the questions about moving or refurbishing offices, but in a completely different way. Yes you will need to engage with a property agent to find a property but you are looking for one based on a decision made by someone who has no interest in property letting. Going on from that they are not just trying to provide a solution, they are working to a budget, have in-house capabilities that do not require expensive third party input and, most importantly, are keeping you engaged and close to the decision whilst co-ordinating all the different phases of the project.

Maxim Office Park between Glasgow and Edinburgh, state of the art architectural design

On site, being the client, connection is much closer, things happen so much quicker, changes you may need to make don’t need to through a long process, (and believe me it is long) it goes direct, costs a lot less and contractors are working to a common goal rather than just focusing on their own scope of works.

So where is the catch?

There is none, but as I said it’s based on trust. These companies invest a lot of time up-front helping companies make informed decisions and often it’s not until a lease is signed, when they have done months of work, that they get a return. For them it’s a worthwhile investment, for the client it is good value as they get what they need, when they need, with direct input whenever they like and a partner that is only interested in delivering something fit for purpose.

The hard bit is when corporate say `we need to go to tender’ as often they say that at the point when these companies have invested heavily in the project, especially as they don’t say that when they are using a paid consultancy as they know they are getting competitive comparative quotes from them . It feels good value but all you are actually getting is a protracted, expensive solution that can be scarily detached from the original CEO’s vision. Please everyone let us understand and embrace the speed of trust.

I know blogs are meant to be informative, unbiased (not long – please forgive me) and not `selling’ but sorry, I can’t say all this and not tell you where to go, I’m too obsessed, too passionate and believe in ourselves to this extent (and I’m only writing this as it was an in-house competition) but you need to talk to Amos Beech.

This was a blog by Roy James

Amos Beech ran an internal blog competition. The above article, written by Roy James, won the category for being ‘website worthy’. Roy is the Operations Director here and he is known for being a man of few words. Consequentially, we were all very impressed with his 1300 word blog!  He has made his point very well.

Read more here from the same category on our sister company website Incognito Underfloor Heating.

Team portrait drawings

Team portrait drawings

Above you see the winning portrait drawing of operations administrator Emma Skirton by Project Coordinator Liam Symes.

Team portrait drawings

Every now and then after a team meeting we play the Jenga game here in the office. The person that knocks it over has to come up with an idea to improve the general performance of the company or like in this case a suggestion of a different kind like a competition of some sort. When our designer Deborah McAulay knocked the tower over with a very daring move of one of the blocks, she called a team portrait drawing competition. We each had to draw a name from the fishbowl and draw their portrait. A week later everybody had to vote for their favourite portrait. The portrait with the most votes would win the honour of the competition.

Apart from great fun, it is an excellent way to explore unknown talent among team members. The winner Liam Symes joined our sister company Incognito Heat Co earlier this year as a Project Coordinator, so we knew he was talented. However that this tough ex military-service man had such great talent in drawing came as a pleasant surprise to all of us! So Liam, congratulations and we hope to see many of your drawings in the future!

Sarah Harper by Deborah McAulay

The second prize went to Deborah for the portrait of Quantity Surveyor Sarah Harper. A pleasant and joyful person who doesn't miss a penny in project calculations!

Liam Symes by Sam James

Liam Symes by Sam James

The third prize was for Sam James for the portrait of the winner of this competition Liam Symes.

Andrew Skirton by Emma Skirton

Andrew Skirton by Emma Skirton

In this portrait made by Emma Skirton of the Incognito Sales Director Andrew Skirton, Emma captured the true a-symmetric character of this hands-on underfloor heating expert!

Roy James by Cigdem Ozluk

No surprise of course that creative talent Cigdem Ozluk comes with this portrait of Project & Operations Director Roy James. She managed to visualise his gimlet eyes and 'on the ball' character very successfully.

Simon James by Fiona Rennick

Also here it is clear from a distance that this portrait of founder and Finance Director Simon James comes from a member of the design team: Fiona Rennick. A free interpretation of the sincerity and experience of one of our senior team members.

Gavin Anderson by Ross Skirton

Ross Skirton managed to display that Business Development manager Gavin Anderson finds it hard to disguise his friendly face, however hard he tries.

Deborah McAulay by Vincent Hartman

Some artistic license loosely applied to portraiture by Vincent Hartman in this digital portrait of Interior Designer Deborah McAulay.

Chris Fielder by Grant Ker

Grant Ker really tried his best with this portrait of Accounts Administrator Chris Fielder. There is some resemblance but fortunately we haven't met him grumpy yet!

Andrew Robertson by Chris Fielder

Chris on his turn drew this transparent and recognisable portrait of Plumbing Trainee Andrew Robertson, of Incognito Heat Co. Prior to his arrival in the office early in the morning is always  the unmistakeable noise of his motorbike.

Cigdem Ozluk by Andrew Robertson

Our young and bright plumbing trainee Andrew drew this portrait of Interior Designer Cigdem Ozluk. Very well executed and recognisable, but fortunately Cigdem is a joy to have around.

Fiona Rennick by Robert Milne

We could more or less say the same about this portrait of Design Manager Fiona Rennick, drawn by Robert. She really does come to work in a car and fills the office with warmth and professionalism.

Julian Fielder by Andrew Skirton

Andrew took on the task to draw the portrait of Project Leader Julian Fielder. In all fairness, we had to look twice but it really does seem to be Julian! It looks like Andrew drew it very quickly and shows of a bit to make it look like easy to him, but we do expect him to have put in way more hours than he is willing to admit.

Sam James by Gavin Anderson

Sam James by Gavin Anderson

We are unsure who Gavin had in mind when he drew this portrait of Sales Director Sam James. We all know Sam James very well and surely this is not him!

Vincent Hartman by Simon James

Vincent Hartman by Simon James

An easy task for Simon to draw the lines of egg-headed Marketing Manager Vincent Hartman. Spot-on indeed, but what about that saloon car in the back ground?

Robert Milne by Roy James

Story teller Roy must have missed the brief about what he was supposed to be doing here. He came up with a cartoon of Installations Team Leader Robert Milne who is apparently spreading Australian Genes in the Scottish population?

Grant Ker by Sarah Harper

And last but certainly not least is this sketch by Sarah of our General Manager Grant Ker who will tie the knot in December and seems a bit distracted the last few weeks...

Orgatec 2016

Orgatec 2016

Every two years the European furniture industry gathers in Cologne to see and discuss the latest trends and developments in furniture and interiors. Well that's what they say anyway. It is also very much a networking event and the British organise their own parties and traditionally finish the evening off at Papa Joe's to get the real industry news! The Orgatec exhibition has grown over the years from a local German office furniture show to a truly international interior design Mecca and therefore two members of our design team, Cigdem and Deborah set off to Germany to get inspired.

Design Mecca or not, The Orgatec in Köln may be an international show but lacks the exquisite detail that the Furniture Fair in Milan has to offer. We also expected to be able to pay by credit card wherever we went but hey, we are flexible! We were impressed by the shear size of the place though and we had an amazing time!

Biophilic design

The things that inspired us as designers were mainly the involvement of Biophilia in stand designs and also the use of wood in products within their context. They showed that it is possible to integrate Biophilic Design in office environments because it really does make a difference in your health, efficiency, motivation, creativity and overall mood.

Wood finish used in legs (chair & table) and work tops were very popular and clever in how it was implemented. Different shades and grains were considered to suit its context. A wood finish always gives a calm feeling. Greenery, plants, trees were freaking everywhere, we fell in love! The one we remember most is the pomegranate tree at the Actiu stand. The stand designers also used a lot of relatively inexpensive raw materials in an innovative way i.e. painting of sterling board/chip board, cardboard tubes and also exhibited unfinished metal.

The shift from corporate workplace “desking and task seating” to much softer timber pieces enhances a different way of working. On the office furniture side many of the big players relied on their classics and didn’t bring anything fresh to the table. Don’t take this the wrong way, we LOVE the majority of these classics but thought they needed to up their game a bit. Our industry dinosaurs Sam and Vincent, who joined us for a day felt exactly the same, but also pointed out that there were a lot of sit-stand desking on display, even on design brand's stands, hoping that this would now finally mean a breakthrough into the mainstream market.

Acoustics

Acoustics was another big focus at Orgatec. This was very smartly integrated in decorative office ornaments, ceiling rafts, desk screens, pods and even lighting. We also loved the curtains!  The ones made of interesting materials – chainmail, rubber, etc – a very cool way of bringing a domestic feel to the workplace whilst still being practical way to divide spaces.

The general hospitality was excellent and we had an awesome time. It’s about so much more than just finding new products. We felt the stand design and networking side to be just as inspiring and very much look forward to Orgatec 2018!

Office fit out Edinburgh

Office fit out Edinburgh

Amos Beech has just completed a challenging office fit out in the heart of Edinburgh. The offices of Scottish Salmon needed an upgrade. The Georgian splendour of Edinburgh’s new town always makes for an interesting challenge when our customers require alterations and changes to their offices.

Here we were asked to create an additional cellular office and make use of as much glass as possible.

Office fit out Edinburgh

When we carried out our initial survey we discovered an original archway had been plaster boarded up in a previous alteration and we were able to reinstate this with a glass door and adjacent frameless glazing panels.

This in conjunction with the glass wall separating the new office from its adjacent space has given a very bright aspect to a room that could have been very dark as it is right in the centre of the building.

New carpet and a fresh coat of paint have lifted the room in to something much more modern. A bespoke desking solution was selected by the client to provide sufficient storage space and enough primary work space for a busy PA to the Directors, allowing her to carry out her duties efficiently and effectively.

Office fit out Edinburgh

Interior design Edinburgh, RBS Gogarburn

Interior design Edinburgh, RBS Gogarburn

In May this year our interior design team set off for Clerkenwell design week in London for inspiration and to keep up to date with the industry's latest developments. Clerkenwell is home to more creative businesses and architects per square mile than anywhere else on the planet, making it truly one of the most important design hubs in the world. To celebrate this rich and diverse community, Clerkenwell Design Week creates a showcase of leading UK and international brands and companies, presented in a series of showroom events,  exhibitions and special installations that take place across the area.

Interior design Edinburgh

You don't always have to travel far for inspiration, as our designers discovered at Clerkenwell when they were introduced to some of the team behind the interior design and space planning at the Royal Bank of Scotland. Just around the corner from Amos beech (from a national perspective), the world class headquarters for RBS are located, Scotland's largest company and the fifth biggest bank worldwide. The team were invited to come and have a look at their recently revamped spaces. Obviously, that offer was accepted enthusiastically and today we went to have a look.

Interior design Edinburgh

RBS is located on a site that is named Gogarburn. The remains that were discovered in 2003 near the site suggest the site was used for agriculture in medieval times. The architects for the RBS Gogarburn development were Scottish based Michael Laird Architects and London based RHWL Architects. The concept was that of a business community with offices, restaurant, shops, leisure facilities, nursery and a training/conference centre. The main building at Gogarburn therefore has a clear social/community focus and circulation pattern.

Technology equipped meeting areas throughout the building are used to encourage collaboration with other business partners around the world as well as being an area where colleagues can “meet, focus, huddle, present or chat” depending on the project in hand.

“Scrum” areas are situated within departments where ideas, processes and improvements can be discussed robustly and advanced by using a simple step by step process allowing them to “fail faster, more of the time” – an expression that demonstrates their committal to “discover, design, develop & test” anything they create, before it is launched internally or externally.

Working environments play a key role in the attraction and retention of staff and  it was great to see how RBS implemented this at their Gogarburn site in Edinburgh!

Underfloor Heating Scotland

Underfloor Heating Scotland

Today the new website of Incognito Underfloor Heating Scotland has gone live. Incognito Heat Co is a sister company of Amos Beech and they have supplied and installed underfloor heating systems in Scotland and the North of England for over 10 years.

Just like Amos Beech, they have relied on referrals and their own proactive sales for years but now felt that they should bring the online marketing up to today's standard. Underfloor Heating is the most comfortable form of heating for both domestic and commercial property and in combination with renewable energy sources it is the heating system of the future. In this article we will give you a brief explanation about the benefits, more information can be found on the new website: Incognito Heat Co.

Underfloor Heating Scotland

Underfloor heating turns the floor into one giant source of radiant heat with no hot radiators ensuring you have safe, gentle warmth from the feet upwards. Underfloor heating works by circulating warm water through a series of continuous loops that are fitted underneath your floor heating the room. Their are various systems available for both new builds as well as existing properties, ground floor, first floor and upper floor systems.

With underfloor heating you have a much more comfortable heating than the convected heat by radiators which draws cold air across the floor, heating it and then convecting it towards the ceiling. Underfloor heating heats from the floor up creating fewer draughts and dust movements and explains why underfloor heating is considered to be the most comfortable and healthiest form of heating. The effect on the human body of having warm feet and a cooler head mean that comfort conditions are created at 1 or 2 degrees cooler than is expected from conventional systems and is therefore also a saving on the monthly energy bill.

Design Freedom

If you are reading this article as an architect or interior designer then please consider that space consuming radiators, don't hinder you space planning anymore. In the slideshow below, after you have seen some installation images, you will see how unobstructed views can connect the interiors with the outdoors. For more information and images please visit the site of our colleagues: underfloor heating.