The forest has just grown by the size of CitNOW's office!

The forest has just grown by the size of CitNOW's office!

As part of our Corporate Social Responsibility here at Amos Beech we are committed to re-foresting a Glen in the Scottish Highlands in partnership with Trees for Life.  For every fit-out project we complete in 2018 we will plant enough trees to match the actual floor area we have refurbished.

Re-foresting the Scottish Highlands 

The forest has just grown by the size of CitNOW's office. 3500 SqFt of trees will be carefully planted in protected sites in the Scottish Highlands where they will create homes for wildlife and forests for the future. The Caledonian Forest is one of our most important forest ecosystems, providing a home for spectacular wildlife, it is severely fragmented, and in many places consists entirely of old trees. Trees for Life is working to expand and link these ancient pinewoods.

Images by Trees for Life, Graphic Design by Sinds77

We take our responsibility seriously, not just in relation to our customer performance but also in relation to the environment. For this reason we have started our own grove in 2017. 

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CitNOW office launch party

The team here @amos_beech were lucky enough to be invited to the office launch party at the 'Codebase Penthouse' in Stirling on Tuesday evening, an excellent opportunity to present the certificate:

 Image by Robert Fyfe CitNOW

Image by Robert Fyfe CitNOW

We thank CitNoW for the great evening and exotic beers, some of which were brewed in Alva near Stirling, alongside some 'Triples' from Belgium:) Not to forget the great Pizzas from award winning Napizza in Stirling.

You can plant a tree yourself!

We encourage you to plant a tree yourself, please visit our grove by clicking on the image below and follow the instructions. It is easy enough and it's only a fiver!  

 Plant you own tree now! Ckick on the image above and follow the instructions.

Plant you own tree now! Ckick on the image above and follow the instructions.

For more information about our CSR policy, click on the button below: 

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Tasting room design and fit-out for Justerini & Brooks Edinburgh

Tasting room design and fit-out for Justerini & Brooks Edinburgh

The Scottish food & drink industry, is one of Scotland's biggest and most resilient contributors to the economy and we here @Amos_Beech are fortunate to have been designing and fitting out offices, shops and tasting rooms for this industry for years. This time we were in Edinburgh for the new tasting room of Justerini & Brooks, Fine Wine & Spirits Merchants.

Design and fit out tasting room Edinburgh

Justerini & Brooks set up in Edinburgh in 1963 to look after the Scottish private customer, as well as and restaurants and hotels. J&B has looked after the needs of the discerning collector looking for quality wine, expertise and personal service for more than 260 years! J&B is an independent part of Diageo and are highly client focused and have intimate relationships with restaurant chefs and private clients.

Interior design and colours

The kitchen in the tasting room comprises storage cupboards, a Belfast sink with double drainer, integrated dishwasher and glass display storage. Hot and cold water supplies as well as waste facilities have been added to the property, quite a challenge in such an old building in Edinburgh's New Town. 

The colours selected are warm, muted tones with metallic features integrating the oak timber. The overall look is a clean, contemporary style within a traditional palette. Existing doors and skirtings were painted in a satin finish with the walls being decorated in neutral paint colours to maximise the light in the space. The finishes gives the room a fresh injection of life and is now an ideal space to host clients.

The specially designed and custom build wine storage allows compact storage of up to 48no six bottle boxes on shelving. A full height integrated wine cooler fridge is part of the unit. The glass door and internals, specifically for wine storage, give a high end look to improve the aesthetics of just a basic fridge. The top shelf has been designed with  metallic wire wine bottle racking which creates an attractive display whilst also having a practical function. The finishes continue the warmth of the oak timber with a coloured backing to the shelving. The result is a functional but attractive statement.

Commercial interior design Edinburgh

Interior design and fit out Edinburgh

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Moving glass wall for WH Malcolm Glasgow

Moving glass wall for WH Malcolm Glasgow

When the Malcolm group contacted us, asking if we could advise them in replacing a balustrade for a glass wall, in the Donald Malcolm Heritage Centre just south of Glasgow we were keen to get to know the place.

The Heritage Centre was built by Andrew and Walter Malcolm in memory of their father, Donald Malcolm. Donald started the company in the early twenties  with a single horse and cart. It was a small family-run business that collected coal from the railway station and distributed it around the local area. Today the Malcolm Group is a large logistic services company active in road and rail transport, warehousing, and terminal management. 

 A great place for truck lovers and petrol heads!

A great place for truck lovers and petrol heads!

Movable Glass Wall Glasgow

The beautifully made balustrade that had to be replaced with glass was an excellent example of craftsmanship, but it unfortunately meant that the whole museum had to be heated when the meeting room was in use. At the same time Malcolm wanted to maintain the open connection between the meeting hall and the exhibition centre.

 The removable wall starts left from the entrance door in the picture above or right in the picture below.

The removable wall starts left from the entrance door in the picture above or right in the picture below.

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Our fit out team were excited at the prospect of working in this great environment and also the photographer (a diesel head himself) was chuffed to bits when he learned where he was going. The story of W H Malcolm is inspiring and to have the privilege of working here ticked all the boxes. 

Planting a tree should be simple!

Planting a tree should be simple!

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Planting a tree should be simple!

Planting a tree should be simple and we make it simple for you.

At Amos Beech we have a strong connection with trees as Beech has been used in worktops for years. The actual process of planting a young tree is not difficult but it must be done properly and with care. It is a bit like creating a new office environment. When planting a tree you need to look at the type of tree, the correct environment, the location and you need to consider future growth. It is the same with the interior design and fit-out of an office environment. Trees grow and so do most companies.

Fortunately an office interior can grow faster than a tree:

The growing of the new office interior of ST Microelectronics at Tanfield in Edinburgh. (click on the Play button in the image above)

Creating a new office environment

The first step in office interior and fit out starts with workplace consultancy followed by our five step Interior design consultation service that involves:

  1. The brief
  2. Research
  3. Development
  4. Presentation
  5. Delivery.

You can find more about this by clicking on the image below:

Do you want to plant a real tree?

We take our responsibility seriously, not just in relation to our customer performance but also in relation to the environment. 

The management and all who work at Amos Beech are committed to the care of the environment and the prevention of pollution. In order to ensure the achievement of the above commitments, the Amos Beech has implemented an Environmental Management System which satisfies the requirements of ISO 14001 : 2015. We use responsibly sourced timber and timber products.

In addition to that, we promote Biophilic Design, we like planting trees ourselves and support Trees for Life. Trees for life is Scotland's leading conservation volunteering charity. Their vision is to restore the ancient Caledonian Forest in the Scottish Highlands.

Plant a Pine Tree in the Amos Beech grove in the Scottish Highlands!

It is very simple and only costs a fiver, so what are you waiting for? Just click on the image below and then on 'Add trees to this grove':

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Biophilia within the workplace

Biophilia within the workplace

The resurgence of the theory of biophilia and, more recently, biophilic design is more relevant than ever. We, as humans, have a deep-rooted attraction towards nature; and only in the last century has it become possible for people on mass to trap themselves in concrete jungles. One location, in particular, that has associations of estranging humans away from nature is the workplace. Consequently, within the commercial workplace setting, we are now experiencing a catalyst of hazy borders between the outdoors and indoors.

Biophilia within the workplace

Bringing the outdoors indoor isn’t a new development; the Chinese have been growing plants indoors as a symbol of wealth from as early as 1,000 B.C. Even in the UK during the Victorian Era the creation of glasshouse, due to the industrial revolution, allowed explorers to flourish exotic plants that they brought back home from their travels. However glasshouses were only obtainable for the social elite, for most householders biophilia was achieved through wallpapers that portrayed botany inspired patterns. These wallpapers became the most important element to interior decoration in a residential setting at that time.

These hazy borders between the outdoor and indoor have a distinct correlation with the borders between residential and commercial environments. This highlights the loss of singularisation of spaces in our contemporary society, instead with the domination of use value to embrace a fluid approach. Subsequently, as we nomadically roam, there is a constant yearning to feel connected to the surrounding landscapes, as it will support our fluid experiences, ensuring that a constant feeling of comfort is maintained.

A situational value is put on the consumption of space, with transitional spaces adding emphasis to the flexibility. It has been said that being geographically mobile will be a defining feature of the new elite; workplaces interiors will surpass the norm of commercialism through the deconstruction of convention, to allow the surrounding environment to envelop a lifestyle that is sprinkled with essences of home and the outdoors. This design approach highly values environmental empowerment that is directly linked to psychological comfort.

Biophilic design

The most direct experience of nature in a built environment would be to have vegetation and flowering plants in the workplace. A study at Cardiff University stated the placement of living plants in a workplace setting improved productivity by 15%. The presence of plants is also known to reduce stress, enrich physical health and improve comfort. Additionally, the notion of comfort has many indirect experiences with nature to achieve biophilia, such as simulating natural light and air; they must be appropriate to each setting to help ensure functional wellbeing at work. By balancing environmental demands with skills and abilities, of employees on how they use their workplace, will create the optimal environment for creativity and flow.

To visually portray nature would be to simulate and construct out from the natural patina of materials such as leather, stone, copper, bronze and wood; that provokes positive visual and tactile responses. The choice of materiality, colours, naturalistic shapes and forms must be carefully considered to achieve biophilia and enable the fluidity within the lifestyles and movements of the modern man. For instance, an interior that appears light and airy may have translucent facades that open up for ventilation and movement, consenting to visual internal transparency. This dematerialization projects to employees a focus on accessibility rather than ownership and possession.

As more workplaces are adopting agile working and open office configuration, it can be translated to creating internal transparencies across once traditional organisation to drive collaboration, integration and foster a sense of belonging. This is appropriation of an experience of space and places namely, mobility and way finding, as employee’s comfort and wellbeing is dependent on free movement. It can be achieved with stairs and ramps carefully integrated with platforms, seating and plans, allowing employees to flow through effortlessly.

Prevalently, in more recent times there has been a shift of attention to sustainability and the environment. There has been more demands for products to be sustainable, many manufactures have been developing different techniques to up-cycle materials. Biophilic design must have ethical value that cares for the sustainability of nature and must commit to maintaining a healthy relationship.

Biophilic design, within the workplace, is about creating wholesome habitats for employees, those that are istigkeit to natural forces. The istigkeit of biophilia isn’t superficial; it has many tangible layers and levels to evoke similar feelings one gains from the earth. Especially as management style are moving away from autocratic, towards an inclusive and collective approach. It is evident that this design methodology has enriched workplaces to increase productivity and boost overall moral; by incorporating biophilia in to a design scheme is less seen as a luxury and more of a commodity to improve employee wellbeing.

Text and images by Flora Hogg

A little trip to Actiu in Castalla Spain

A little trip to Actiu in Castalla Spain

What a brilliant idea that was! When we were brainstorming about a suitable location to film a particular scene for our new company video, someone here in the office (sorry Sam that you were too busy to go yourself:) suggested to ask the lovely people of furniture designers and manufacturers Actiu if we could do that in their offices and gardens. 

The particular scene was dependent on good weather and although we love it up here in Scotland the weather is, in fairness, hard to predict..

Castalla has a lot in common with Scotland. It reminded us of Stirling but then in the colour beige.

Actiu, always on the move

Always on the movie? Not quite, but when it comes to visual appeal we here at Amos Beech in Scotland had to include them in our little film. The visual appeal doesn't only apply to their products though:

Architecture and sustainability at the technology park in Castalla

You don't suddenly wake up and start producing stunning design furniture. You live it and breath it and when you look at Actiu, they certainly do! It therefore doesn't come as a surprise to us that Vicent Berbegal, the president and founder of Actiu, has been awarded 'European Entrepreneur of the Year 2017' at the European Business Awards (EBA) ceremony, during a gala in Dubrovnik (Croatia). We have seen many factories, showrooms and offices over the years, but Actiu is certainly up there with the best. The design of the Actiu Technology Park, created by José María Tomás LLavador, was based on sustainability and the self-sufficient use of natural resources right from the outset. Rain water is collected from the roofs and stored in cisterns for irrigation and industrial use. It is also worth mentioning that Actiu is in fact an energy plant as it supplies 6 times more electricity into the grid than it needs itself. 

Biophilia

Biophilic interior design (meaning love of nature) focuses on mans' innate attraction to nature and natural processes and brings elements of nature into the built environment. We have used this in our designs a couple of times and are currently working on a stunning idea for one of our clients (watch this space!). Actiu however, is at the forefront of it in their own offices:

One of the indoor gardens at Actiu

Biophilia suggests that we all have a genetic connection to the natural world built up through hundreds of thousands of years of living in agrarian settings. It is a term popularized by American psychologist Edward O Wilson in the 1980’s, when he observed how increasing rates of urbanisation were leading to a disconnection with the natural world. Biophilia is of ever increasing importance to our health and well-being in the built environment. 

Our film

We are sort of halfway through the making of the Amos Beech video and can't reveal it just yet, as only the final end result can communicate what it is supposed to do. In that sense it is a bit like an interior fit out project:) 

The film crew from Iris Media discussing and finalising the shots

(the film will feature two of Actiu's stars Christina and David)

The Amos Beech film will explain what we as an interior design, fit-out and furniture company are about, using what a colleague here in the office calls 'moving stills'.  All of this in the attention span of an average internet user...

 Serious stuff!

Serious stuff!

Careful planning and advice by the Actiu team meant that we were saved from the real burn that was expected shortly after midday.

Text on the wall outside the company gym @actiu

We tend to underestimate the power and heat of the sun. Some of us even set of to Castalla without suncream, shorts and slippers! 

Actiu: Thank you very much!

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.

Moving or refurbishing offices?

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.

Contact me or one of my colleagues via:

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 another blog from the same competition from our sister company on their website: Incognito Underfloor Heating.

For more info about some of the fit out and refurbishment projects that we have done click on the button below:

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...