Interior Design and Office fit out for Tours by Locals Glasgow

Interior Design and Office fit out for Tours by Locals Glasgow

Tours by Locals are a global company headquartered in Vancouver, who provide guides covering 156 countries for travellers looking for a bespoke cultural experience. So not necessarily the most touristy sites but the the ones that really appeal to the more independent and adventurous style of traveler. The guides are all local people with extensive knowledge of their country and the most desired tourist destinations.

Their Glasgow office was based in a serviced office and due to the growth of the company, the desire was to relocate to a new office space to accommodate growing staff numbers as well as creating a fun environment which tells the story of the company.

Interior Design and Office fit out for Tours by Locals Glasgow

The design team at Amos Beech created a full interior design presentation including rendered visuals. The local representative from Tours by Locals was most impressed with the amount of work that the design team had put into the project at this early stage, and also the high standard of real-life visuals which enabled him to see quite clearly what the new office would be like.

Visualisation of the new Glasgow office

As the project moved on site, our team of office fit-out contractors got to work and within a matter of weeks the new office space was ready for the Tours by Locals Glasgow team to move in:

A new office for Calero Edinburgh

A new office for Calero Edinburgh

Veropath, headquartered in Edinburgh, helps large companies optimise their expenditure on telecoms and have recently been acquired by US software group Calero Software for further expansion. Calero manages more than $7 billion of annual telecom, mobility and cloud spend for over 3,000 customers operating in more than 50 countries globally.

The acquisition meant the company was moving from Castle Street to 40 Torphichen Street, near Haymarket Station, the heart of Edinburgh's financial district. The building has undergone a major refurbishment to provide high quality open plan offices and a new entrance. Calero were taking space on the 4th floor and Amos Beech were engaged to fulfill this project from design creation through to the fit out and furniture.

Office fit out and furniture for calero Edinburgh

The interior needed to be in line with the new status of the company within a global group and there was a tight budget and timeline to work to.

It was important that the open plan office had several collaboration and break out spaces as well as 45 workstations. To enable the data team to have their daily meeting, the new office space now has a town hall seating area with 20 seats alongside a writable wall and surrounded by acoustic screens.

A further breakout area was created and this has a double function as a cafe as it is located next to the tea/coffee prep area. It features pendant lighting with laminate oak veneer shade, rich in tactility, providing warmth to the area. Obviously, key to the success of this space, and any organisation for that matter, is the fresh bean coffee machine!

Operable Moving Wall

An acoustic operable moving wall between the boardroom and a further meeting room or client area, gives the space the flexibility to have either two meetings at the same time, or one large meeting space with great views over the surrounding area. The wall is the ultimate in terms of acoustic integrity, achieving the highest possible sound ratings whilst leaving the floor free of any track or obstruction.

New office interiors for Axon Cable in Rosyth

New office interiors for Axon Cable in Rosyth

Axon purpose built their office and production space in Rosyth 10 years ago but its amazing how technology has changed the office landscape so dramatically in just a few short years.

Roll forward to 2018 and a refresh was called for – whilst still smart, the offices were definitely dated and as the business has moved with the times, desk top tech has of course reduced in size and increased in power. Along with this, the need for more collaborative spaces was evident with the different disciplines within the business needing opportunities to work away from their desk in groups.

New office interiors for Axon Cable in Rosyth

In addition to this, Axon were keen to celebrate the work they do, so the interior design team were tasked with introducing some imagery on the large wall surfaces that would deliver this. Amos Beech achieved this as well as incorporating the images on to acoustic materials to improve the acoustic performance of the space.

Acoustic graphics and dividers

Using the Samuel Bruce TeamTable benching system we were able to deliver the workstation functionality without having to increase the number of floorboxes – which was a challenge given the ground floor is heated via an underfloor heating system and a ground source heat pump.

The result is a very tidy workstation installation where all the cables supplying power and data are contained within the integral cable management system and only appear at their exit points on each desk top.

The Space Planning allows for various types of collaboration and quiet work settings in addition to more formal enclosed meeting rooms and cellular offices which offers something for everyone depending on the type of work they are doing.

As part of the office refurbishment, all of the floorcoverings were replaced which included both carpet tiles and commercial grade luxury vinyl providing a subliminal division of space and work setting.

The entire building was also redecorated which was a challenge in itself, given the double height ceiling within the main office area – lot’s of working at height but all managed safely and efficiently by the Amos Beech Project Management Team working with our skilled tradesman.

The reception area was included in the program too and again given the changing nature of work, rather than create a reception area per se, this has become another collaboration area because of course, there are not visitors 100% of the time so why not make double use of the space.

Upstairs, the staff kitchen and break-out areas were given the Amos Beech treatment and this has been revitalised with new furniture and floorcoverings to make it a place to go and relax during lunchtimes and breaks as well as having the potential to grab a quiet coffee with a colleague during the working day.

Little details were not overlooked, the Amos Beech team were keen not to replace things for replacing’s sake. The meeting room table had a good quality table but the surface finish didn’t match the new décor so rather than throw the whole thing out the top only was replaced to match in with the new office furniture supplied.

A great showcase of what can be achieved whilst the staff didn’t have to move out with the work being carried out over weekends and evenings.

Interior design, fit out and furniture for Blackcircles Edinburgh

Interior design, fit out and furniture for Blackcircles Edinburgh

I suppose if you are an internet based company you are going to use the internet to find your own suppliers and that is what BlackCircles did when they embarked on an office relocation and fit-out.

We were contacted and arranged to meet with the senior management team in one of Edinburgh’s coffee shops to discuss their plans away from the eyes and ears of their staff as it wasn’t yet public knowledge.

Interior design, fit out and furniture for Blackcircles Edinburgh

As is often the case, we went through a couple of potential locations and then settled on what seemed like the ideal space only to then hear that the company who was moving out of the suite was now staying.

First interior design pencil sketch

So back to the drawing board and the next door suite was selected. To be fair, the space was a much easier shape to work with and it is also larger so the cloud had a silver lining but other challenges were looming. A bigger space but no more budget!

So maximum creativity required – step forward the design team and bring about a functional, minimalist space with just enough accents to keep Nick happy – whose eye for detail and nose for a bargain is the stuff of legends.

Some pretty clear lines were drawn and making the best use of space as well as planning for their future growth, a design emerged. Making sure that the natural daylight was allowed to filter through from reception whilst retaining some privacy for the office staff was achieved using some material more associated with conservatories, but the result is spectacular.

Allowing the staff the opportunity to work away from their desk was another consideration and various spaces have been incorporated to include quiet/concentration space, more open collaborative areas and a town hall space with tiered seating where the staff can gather for company announcements.

BlackCircles parent company is Michelin and another component of the project was branding – the desire to have it but not in an overt way.  Using the original inverted M design from Michelins first tyre design, we have created window manifestation for the meeting rooms. 

Shared components on the Samuel Bruce Team Bench desk design kept the cost per workstation down and allowed BlackCircles to specify the award winning Drumback from Viasit for all their operator chairs.

The making of:

The biggest talking point though goes to their wall mural in the reception and something that our Interior Photographer was the most pleased with – a line drawing of an iconic vehicle that he drives himself, the one and only Land Rover Defender 110 with the proper engine (and if you don’t know what he means – that’s not the Ford one!)

Office Fit Out and Furniture, Scotland Food and Drink Edinburgh

Office Fit Out and Furniture, Scotland Food and Drink Edinburgh

OK it is fair to say that the team here a Amos Beech only contribute a little to the success of the Scottish Food and Drink Industry, but we certainly do our best, some more than others. After all we spend a lot of their time rolling out projects, like this office fit out and furniture project in Edinburgh for Scotland Food and Drink.

Office fit out and furniture Edinburgh

Amos Beech were approached by Scotland Food & Drink to assist them with a feasibility study and provide some budget costs as they assessed whether they would be able to move from their tired and outgrown offices within the Royal Highland Showground in Edinburgh.

Scotland Food & Drink, was created in 2007  to guide food and drink companies of all sizes towards increased profitability. The mission of this non profit organisation is to grow the industry to a value of £30 billion by 2030 and expand Scotland's international reputation as a Land of Food and Drink.

And the best way to explain this industry is not by written words, but by spoken words straight from the experts:

Those involved in the food and drink industry in Scotland share their three words for describing our produce.

Scotland Food & Drink represent food & drink manufacturers on a Global scale and were seeking to create an environment that reflected their international reach and celebrated everything that their members are so passionate about.

Scotland is a world leading producer of many and varied products from Arbroath Smokies to Whisky and everything in between. 

Accordingly, they needed an office environment that would allow their staff to thrive and certainly be a big improvement on where they started out. Their previous offices had long since been outgrown and very little had been invested in the interior which meant that the staff were all looking forward to a fresh, vibrant and inspirational new office.

Ratho Park Edinburgh was chosen as the new location, primarily for its close proximity to Edinburgh Airport and its excellent links to the global market as well as offering the team easy access and very little change to their daily commute in time or distance.

As ever, budgets were being watched very carefully and the initial design requests had to be tempered with the reality.  Our design team worked closely with our Quantity Surveyors and were able to make the very best use of the available funds.

As is often the case, once we were ‘on project’ the senior management team realised that for a small amount of overspend, a much-improved interior could be created and authorised the additional work.

The result is a remarkable one and reflects the vibrancy that is Scotland Food & Drink, on the one hand inspirational and top quality but with a serious side that shows that you get more for your money when you use your head and your heart!

For more projects in the Food and Drink industry click here and here .

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Interior Design and Fit Out Staff Shop Diageo Blythswood, Renfrew

Interior Design and Fit Out Staff Shop Diageo Blythswood, Renfrew

For nearly 50 years there has been warehousing, coopering, blending and bottling facilities on the 31-acre site of Diageo at Blythswood near Renfrew. One of the perks of working for Diageo (also for contractors:) is the existence off staff shops and Amos Beech just completed the design and the fit out. 

interior design and Fit Out Staff Shop Diageo Blythswood, Renfrew

It was fair to say that there was a bit of work to do to transform the shop from  this:

Roy and Flora on the initial site visit

Into something more like this:

In line with the staff shop we fitted out in Elgin we redesigned and refurbished the shop in Renfrew, this time with a local touch. An image of Renfrew town centre taken by one of Diageo's members of staff was edited by interior designer Flora Hogg into nice graphics behind the counter.

Fit out for The Mackenzie School of English, Edinburgh

Fit out for The Mackenzie School of English, Edinburgh

The Mackenzie School of English is a language school for international 12 - 17 yr olds in Leith, Edinburgh and were moving to a bigger building just around the corner from their old place. The building is a converted Church with 3 floors. There was a considerable amount of  fit out work to be done in this old building especially on the 1st and 2nd floor in order to divide the space into classrooms.

Fit out Mackenzie School of English, Leith Edinburgh

The main purpose of the move was to enable the school to grow and to offer a space that attracts students and is a pleasant place for staff to work. Now the MacKenzie School of English has one of the nicest and most inspiring teaching environment amongst their peers.

The building, originally called St John’s Church, was constructed in the late 18th century and redeveloped for office use in the early 1990s. The landmark listed building with its iconic stone Church tower in the centre of Leith has stood empty for a few years and came with a few surprises when our fit out team started on the demolition. 

It proved to be both an interesting as well as difficult building to work on, but now it has all the infrastructure a state of the art school needs, such as CCTV, sound and projection systems, interactive screens, new electrics, fire safety measures, data cabling etc. 

Using a basic lay-out drawing, the Amos Beech fit out team created full space planning, all construction drawings and organised the necessary building warrants. The kitchen was extended and new flooring was put down on the ground floor.

In the two images above you can see some of the construction work taking place while we were filming our company video to be introduced later this summer.

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Interior design and office refurbishment Stirling

Interior design and office refurbishment Stirling

Little did we know that when we started working on our own corporate video way back in 2017 that we would be filming some frames in the winter of January 2018 at the offices of CitNOW in Stirling. We had just finalised the details for the interior design and were planning to start the office refurbishment in Stirling the week after.

CitNOW is a provider of video services for the automotive industry. They have recognised that customer behaviour has changed dramatically over the last few years as the information required to make a buying decision is available online which affects showroom visits. That is where video comes in. CitNOW, who's product development team are based in Stirling, have developed a range of simple to use video applications that really make it easy for their clients to use video effectively. We perhaps should have known this earlier, but nevertheless are chuffed that their online research led to us. Amos Beech were initially approached by CitNOW along with a couple of other potential suppliers and we quickly differentiated ourselves by providing a level of service that gave them the confidence that we were the right partner to engage with for the interior design and office refurbishment project.

Interior design office refurbishment and fit out stirling 

The initial space that they were looking at was surveyed. From this we were able to give them a trial fit to demonstrate how much room for expansion they would have as the company is looking to grow significantly over the coming years. Whilst this space worked in principle, the location was not perfect, and we were then asked to assess the space they actually moved into a couple of weeks later. Once again, our interior design team carried out a space survey and produced a trial fit along with some high level costs to compare against the previous space. Their preference initially was to have air conditioning but whilst nice to have, this was going to be difficult to install as the building is listed and in a conservation area.

The project quickly progressed and the new space won CitNOW’s approval. Amos Beech were instructed to carry out the design and build of their new offices.  A full drawings package was created, and our construction team moved on to site and got the build program underway.

For the interior design, the office furniture and finishes have been kept minimal by using light oak, whites and greys to keep the area feeling light and airy.

We installed a ‘clear erase’ backwall to be painted on. This allows the surface to become dry erase, therefore can be used with white board and chalkboard pens. By making the wall a writable and wipeable surface, it supports  innovation and creates opportunities.

  • Capturing Impromptu Ideas

  • Leave messages and notices

  • Out-breaking brainstorming

CitNOW were concerned to make sure that the furniture they ordered for their new offices was going to meet the ergonomic needs of their staff.  After careful consideration of the various options they selected the Viasit Drumback chair for their operator seating which is winning awards for its new and innovative features.  For the desking, they selected the Samuel Bruce UP2U electrically adjustable sit/stand desks with full cable management to keep the environment clean and clutter free. In the boardroom Wilkhahn's new meeting chair, the Occo, is paired with Actiu’s innovative Cool500 table system – a tool free flexible table system that allows quick and simple reconfiguration.

Break-out areas, collaboration zones and quiet areas are all included in the space as well as a great meeting room where we installed astroturf on the floor and paired this with a glass table and some great informal meeting chairs. 

Vinyl graphic of Old Man of Storr made from image taken by CitNOW employee Robert Fyfe.

(images by Photographer Stirling)

Understandably, CitNOW are delighted with the result and we look forward to spending some time with their team at the office launch party!  more photos 

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 Office fit-out, Lomond Plant Falkirk

Office fit-out, Lomond Plant Falkirk

When Ross dropped into our showroom he only had in mind to pick up some desks and chairs to give his office a bit of a face lift.  What he got has completely transformed the space.

Lomonds purpose built facility was completed about 15 years ago and whilst at the time, the fit-out was not flamboyant, it was functional and lasted well. Time takes it toll though and when Ross and his joint MD Amanda started to see what the possibilities were, they quickly changed the brief.

Office fit-out Falkirk

Before

Working with our interior designers, a scheme was designed which made the office much more functional in terms of work flow whilst at the same time recognising that not everyone is always in the office.

After

By reducing circulation space and improving space efficiencies, we were able to provide a separate meeting room which means that visitors no longer need to be brought through the general office to a private space. This has reduced distractions and has improved the professional feel that Amanda and Ross were keen to enhance.

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As part of the refurbishment, and given the fact that staff numbers had increased significantly over the past 15 years, a new toilet facility was designed and built as well as a complete refresh of the kitchen area with new units and breakfast bar.

All the circulation space was redecorated and because of the office & workshop nature of their work, a hard wearing vinyl wall covering was specified as being washable/wipeable and ideal to ensure that the smart appearance was maintained easily going forward.

The reception area was not exempt and the area has been given a lift with new lighting and floor coverings as well as repainting the staircase to bring it in line with the new colour scheme.

The overall result is a massive improvement for the Lomond team and there is a buzz to the office which reflects this. Amanda’s own words were that she has a real spring in her step when she arrives in the office each morning.

All of this was achieved in a 3 week period in the run up to Christmas 2017 and whilst it wasn’t without its challenges, the project was finished on time and within the original budget for the scope of works we set out to complete.