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:

Publication date: December 11th 2018

Text: Lesley McKerral

Photography: Vincent Hartman

Interior design office fit out Edinburgh

Interior design office fit out Edinburgh

Office relocation and refurbishment is an experience that once completed, no-one is ever in a hurry to repeat any time soon.

Traditionally, a range of professional services along with trades and furniture/hardware suppliers are engaged by various means including word of mouth, tender and incumbent suppliers.

Interior design office fit out Edinburgh

When ST Microelectronics from Edinburgh, decided that they would move rather than refurbish their existing premises, they took an early decision that they wanted to deal with one supplier only.

A one stop solution provider on a interior design and office fit-out project of this scale means you need a serious business to deliver – especially when this also had to include specialist removal and hoisting work which involved lifting equipment weighing 1000kg and clearance tolerances of less than 5mm!

Step up Amos Beech and the team. Having worked with ST in Edinburgh for the previous 15 years in their old offices, their track record meant that they were invited to tender for the project along with two other firms. Demonstrating a deep understanding of the ST requirements and combining this with a highly effective theme that accurately reflects their branding, they duly won the contract to fit-out the new office in Tanfield.

As with any project, a tight timeframe was expected and the Amos Beech team of Commercial Interior Designers Edinburgh were under the cosh. Working with our Construction Team and Quantity Surveyors, design integrity was maintained whilst keeping a firm eye on the budget.

Key to the project being heralded as a success was keeping the staff on board and committed to the move. Along with this, a similar narrative meant that the new environment delivered on prospective employees’ vision of what a hi-tech firm like ST should appear like. Andy Price (Edinburgh Module Director) stated himself that he didn’t want to hear that the reason a recruit didn’t join was because of poor quality office was ever repeated!

Canteen and break out area

A large portion of the available space was carefully designed around the laboratory and dark room requirements. Specifications included compressed air, clean power and uprated flooring to take the heavy equipment that was to come. As part of this, a fire strategy had to be incorporated so that staff can escape from a darkroom in the event of a general evacuation alarm being given.

An advantage of the Tanfield space in Edinburgh is rather than being spread over 2 floors (which was the case in their old offices), all of the staff are on the same level and already the benefits are being reaped. A spread of informal and formal meeting spaces have been incorporated into the design. This allows staff to meet and discuss projects much more informally in a selection of spaces. Research tells us that when given a variety of spaces, both in terms of location and style, staff are much more likely to benefit both in terms of communication and positive outcomes.

There were 1 or 2 pieces in the puzzle that were picked up on very early in the interior design and office fit out project and the Amos Beech team were keen to preserve them. The first was table tennis, in the early days there was a table tennis table and this had disappeared as lack of available space dictated. This has been reinstated and it is use almost continuously throughout the day.

Operable Moving Wall

The second point was a space where all of the staff could gather for company announcements. A town hall space has been incorporated complete with tiered seating which when used with an operable wall, the whole space can be opened up to seat 150 staff every 4-6 months.

All staff sit at electrically adjustable sit/stand workstations and it is interesting to see how this added functionality is actually being used by everyone.

What is more interesting is that previously the staff worked from old fashioned ‘corner’ desks with side extensions giving them 2.4m x 2.2m footprints and now they all work from 1600x800 workstations with dual monitor arms. And there are no complaints! Feedback has been nothing but positive and it is clear that everyone is very proud of their new environment.

Date of publication: Aug 24th 2017

Text: Sam James

Photography: Vincent Hartman

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.

Date of publication: October 19th 2018

Text: Sam James

Photography: Vincent Hartman

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!)

Publication date: September 17th 2018

Text: Sam James

Photography and time-lapse: Photographer Stirling

Office Fit Out Furniture, Scotland Food & Drink, Edinburgh

Office Fit Out Furniture, Scotland Food & 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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Publication date: August 28th, 2018

Text & Images: Vincent Hartman

ORCHARD NEWCASTLE, OFFICE INTERIORS fit out and refurbishment

ORCHARD NEWCASTLE, OFFICE INTERIORS fit out and refurbishment

When Orchard Information Services took the decision to move their offices from the Technopole in Newcastle they turned to Amos Beech again for workplace consultancy regarding the interior design and fit-out of their new office interiors.

Any office refurbishment and fit-out project in Newcastle has 4 steps:

1. Research

This is partly done by the client and partly done by the interior design team. Together, we have to answer a few questions.

What works for the office space and what doesn’t (based on the company’s needs and on those of the employees)? What are the space limitations (those perfect office chairs may be too big for some areas)? What is your long-term growth plan (scalability is very important)? How is technology helping or hampering the refurbishment and fit out?

2. Budgeting

Of course, office refurbishment costs per square metre vary a lot depending on what the client wants. The costs can be tweaked a lot, but there are some areas that are set in stone. The right Newcastle refurbishment company can help you identify the areas and item that leave wiggle room and get you the best costs without sacrificing the outcome.

The best results in terms of both outcome and budgets happen when you work closely together with your office refurbishment and fit-out specialists. They are part of your team and you have to trust them enough to know that your best outcome is their best outcome. Be honest about your budget and about your needs.

3. Project Plan

As soon as the details are agreed upon, the client receives the office fit out and refurbishment project plan. This document contains an outline of what the office will look like as soon as the work is completed.

Office refurbishment and fit-out Newcastle for Orchard

For the client, this is one of the last stages in which they can ask for changes without seriously affecting the final office refurbishment cost. In our project with Orchard, the project plan was the result of close collaboration, so we had minimal changes to make after the client review.

4. Building, Installations and Review

After the office refurbishment and fit-out specialists work their magic and everything is in place, the client is ready to move in. But this doesn’t mean that the work is done for the designers and technicians.

We always ask our clients to review the changes and tell us how they feel in their newly refurbished office. This way, it’s easy to deal with minor creases early on.

The entire process is, of course, more complicated. But these are the stages where the client is most involved.

Furniture and technology

Integral to this was their desire to move their existing workstations which had been supplied by Amos Beech previously and complement them with a bench desk system that would manage the large volume of data and electrical cabling that their development teams needed.

Using Samuel Bruce TeamTable as a starting point and developing a specific product that met the needs of Orchard Newcastle was all in a days work for the product design team. By utilising the unit construction of the system a solution was developed that allows all sides of the bench to be worked from without intrusion from legs, support rails or cable management.

All data and power is perfectly integrated beneath the desk and an on desk grommet offering power and USB charging points make it extremely easy for staff to stay connected without the usual tangle of cables.

Interior design, office fit-out and refurbishment Newcastle Upon Tyne 

The scheme isn’t just about desks and task chairs – in todays ‘smart office’ break-out spaces and meeting booths all form an integral part of a ‘knowledge business’ and Orchard Newcastle has plenty. Collaboration spaces are fully fitted with power and data points, staff can choose where they work and who they are working with. Flexibility and communication along with a relaxed homely feel to the office interiors makes this space in Newcastle so much more than a workplace. Maybe even a home from home – although the staff might never admit that too readily to their partners who wish they would spend more time at home!

Publication date: March 21st 2016

Text: Roy James

Interior photography: Jill Tate

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.

Date of publication: June 22nd 2018

Text: Kit-Har McLaughlin

Photography: Photographer Glasgow

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.

And that's why we like what we do:

Thanks!

Date of publication: May 11th, 2018

Text: Sarah Harper

Images: Photographer Edinburgh