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Office refurbishment Traverse Theatre Edinburgh

Office refurbishment Traverse Theatre Edinburgh

Traverse Theatre was founded in 1963 with the idea to extend the spirit of the Edinburgh Festival throughout the year.

Traverse Theatre were looking to have their offices refurbished. Their offices are situated in the basement of the iconic building on Cambridge Street that is part of the Saltire Court development on Castle Terrace:

Office refurbishment Traverse Theatre Edinburgh

The open planned office held 20 staff, as well as two internal offices and a make shift meeting room, the client wanted to add another office as well as a meeting room to give staff a proper space in which to hold meetings.   

The client had recently purchased new furniture and were looking to carry out the works as quickly as possible taking advantage of their quiet period in the year. Amos Beech transformed the space, using glass partitioning to create a new frontage for the offices and meeting room and solid partitioning to divide. A new bespoke coat storage was constructed allowing staff a place to store their outdoor items. The office was decorated throughout incorporating feature walls of colour. New LED lighting was installed to brighten up the basement space as well as new carpet tiles to define the open plan and office space. The air conditioning system was also renewed and altered to suit the new office layout.

3D cad plan

One shot of the final result.

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52 Trees for Life thanks to MNM Developments and Tours by Locals

52 Trees for Life thanks to MNM Developments and Tours by Locals

When we were discussing the introduction of the launch of our new branding early in 2017, the idea came up to video the planting of Amos Beech ‘trees’ on various locations in Scotland. The locations that we choose were those where you normally would have to go through lengthy planning applications, only to discover to end up nowhere:

It was then that somebody here in the office mentioned the Trees For Life project. Trees For Life plants trees in The Caledonian Forest. Trees for Life helps nature to restore in the Scottish Highlands and helps people reconnect with their spirit, with hope and with the land.

Trees for Life

The Caledonian Forest once covered a large part of the Highlands as extensive stands of majestic Scots pines, interspersed with birch, rowan, juniper and aspen trees. It was the UK's equivalent of the rainforest but has been reduced to just a tiny fraction of its former range. Most of the surviving forests now consist of old trees reaching the end of their lifespan.

In 2008 Trees for Life purchased the Dundreggan Estate, an area of 10,000 acres of wild land near Loch Ness to establish a major forest restoration programme. To date the conservation volunteering charity have planted over 1.6 million trees!

(A film by The Big Picture, a non-profit social enterprise founded by a group of professional photographers, filmmakers, writers, designers and educators, motivated by the need to rebuild healthy ecosystems where wildlife and people flourish.)

Amos Beech contributed 474 trees to date.

Under the slogan ‘every little helps’, we here Amos Beech started our own grove in August 2017 and are proud to have recently added 52 trees for MNM Developments and Tours by Locals.

MNM Developments

MNM develop high-value, luxury properties that respect and enhance their surroundings and have a minimal environmental footprint. We designed and fitted out their 1846 sq ft of new office space in Leith Edinburgh.

Michaela Teague receives the certificate for 24 trees.

Tours by Locals

Tours by Locals brings local people with their knowledge and expertise together with travelers who are looking for an authentic cultural experience. We designed and fitted out their 2153 sq ft of new office space in Glasgow.

Paul Melhus, CEO and Founder of Tours By Locals, receives the tree certificate (28 trees) from Kit-Har McLaughlin, interior designer @Amos_Beech, during a great office opening party in January 2019.

More trees to come!

Unsurprisingly, the tree planting scheme is very well received by our clients and we feel well doing it, so also this year we will be planting 13 trees per 1000 sq ft of interior design, office fit-out and furniture project.

But did you know that you can contribute yourself?

Design consultancy and furniture specification

Design consultancy and furniture specification

The young, fun and vibrant creative company Sunshine Communications moved offices to future proof themselves for further team growth and increase their ability of creative outputs. So what is a better place to move to than Commercial Quay in Leith Edinburgh? Commercial Quay lies at the heart of the popular shore area of Leith and has a mix of cafés, bars and restaurants. 

Commercial Quay in Leith Edinburgh

Our design team worked closely with Sunshine Communications to provide a fit out and soft furniture items that meet tight budgets, functionality and aesthetics. A space full of colour and plants, a home away from home.

Design consultancy and furniture specification Sunshine Communications Edinburgh 

As you enter into the workspace, you're greeted by a neon pink side profile face - illuminating the essence of Sunshine Communication, a talking head. Social by nature, social by trade – they gain traction with everyone they work with. 

The geometric shapes painted in soft pastels add interest to the back wall. The paints used in the scheme are from Craig & Rose, the oldest independent paint manufacture in the UK, a nod to their origins on Leith Walks. The colours echo Sunshine Communications branding without being overpowering to the entirety of the space. As the office is also a working photography studio, we had to consider colour balance.

For the meeting room, we needed to create privacy but also wanted to make a statement. The dichroic film is beautiful, constantly reflecting shifting colours and radiance depending on the perspective of the viewer. Inside we placed a large brass conical base table that balances a glass top to contrast from the pink velvet seats sat below.  

And to continue the velvet, we placed two green velvet sofas facing each other as an informal meeting space with plant pots on stands help to separate it from the open workspace as well as adding biophilia.

And of course featuring in their offices: “Sunshine on Leith”, the Scottish musical film directed by Dexter Fletcher featuring songs by The Proclaimers:

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Design & text: Flora Hogg.

Interior Photography: Architectural Photographer Edinburgh.

42 new trees planted thanks to Scotland Food and Drink

42 new trees planted thanks to Scotland Food and Drink

Today we were lucky enough to join the board of Scotland Food And Drink for lunch in their newly fitted out offices at Ratho Park Edinburgh.

The Scottish food and drink industry has become the best performing industry in Scotland, worth today about £14 billion. No surprise to us as we were enjoying the great tasting sandwiches from Patti & Jules, a recent addition to Edinburgh's catering scene. Obviously our experiences with the Scottish delicatessens don’t stop there.

So you could say that Scotland Food and Drink and Amos Beech were natural partners for their move to their new offices. Chief Executive, James Withers described the tremendous difference the new office layout made to their office life. The open plan space with plenty of natural light has a positive influence on internal communication. Facilities like a spacious boardroom, meeting spaces, break out area’s and hot desking make the new offices suddenly attract employees that previously preferred to work from home. As well as that the space is now more in line with their culture and branding, so now a perfect place to invite and meet people as well.

Corporate social Responsibility

What we didn’t know was that the chair of Scotland Food and Drink, Dennis Overton, lives close to Glen Affric and he has been following the great work of Trees For Live since it’s inception.

As part of Amos Beech’s Corporate Social Responsibility we plant 13 trees per 1000 SqFt of refurbished office space. In the case of Scotland Food and Drink’s new offices that equates to 42 trees!

Operations director Roy James hands over the Trees for Life certificate to Dennis Overton, chairman of Scotland Food and Drink

This brings the number of trees in our grove up to a total of 244 and there is more to come!

You can plant trees yourself!

We encourage you to plant trees yourself. You can add trees to our grove via the link under the image below or you can start your own grove. Why not consider giving somebody a dedicated tree? Planting a tree is a special gift for any occasion. It's the perfect way to celebrate an event or remember a loved one.

When you order your Tree via Trees for Life, a native tree will be planted for you by Trees for Life in the Scottish Highlands, creating a home for wildlife and forests for the future as well as improving the quality of the air we breathe every day.

If you click on the image above you will get to The Amos Beech Trees For Life grove

If you click on the image above you will get to The Amos Beech Trees For Life grove

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 space in Edinburgh 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.

Office fit out Edinburgh

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.

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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.

Commercial 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!