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A new office for MNM Developments  in Leith Edinburgh

A new office for MNM Developments in Leith Edinburgh

MNM Developments approached us in the middle of last year, to assist with interior design, furniture and fit-out plans for their new offices in Edinburgh. The brief was to design an office interior which reflects the quality of the luxurious property developments that they are renowned for and to have a relaxed, comfortable feel.

A new office for MNM Developments in Leith Edinburgh

With this in mind, we designed a bright and modern homely working environment, carefully selecting products and finishes to reflect the client’s vision. The reception desk is finished in Light Grey Concrete echoing the use of building materials used in construction, along with the unique “Rebar” console table in the boardroom, which provides the contrast between the beauty of wood and raw industrial metal.

A glass screen partition featuring their corporate logo provides a backdrop and separation to the office but still maintains an open plan feel. Grey Seagrass vinyl floor has been Herringbone laid mirroring the pattern of the MNM brand.

Soft seating has been upholstered in pure new wool fabric made from premium New Zealand lambswool in tones of greys and soft blues.  That together with the beautifully rich and deep shade of walnut on the desks and custom-made storage provides warmth and a luxurious feel.

Feature Linear lighting in walnut and concrete compliments the finish of the interior.

To top it all off, our client said of us “Amos Beech brought our vision to life and made the most stressful process not as stressful as we had originally thought”. 

Kind words indeed!

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Publication date: January 30th 2019

Text and Design: Lesley McKerral & Kit-Har McLaughlin

Photography: 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!

Amos Beech: working with businesses in Newcastle Upon Tyne on a wide range of office fit out and refurbishment projects!

Publication date: March 21st 2016

Text: Roy James

Interior photography: Jill Tate

Interior design, office refurbishment and fit out Glasgow

Interior design, office refurbishment and fit out Glasgow

Over the last 10 years we have been a frequent visitor to Morisons Solicitors in Glasgow as we have been on hand to help them with internal office alterations, the inevitable ‘lost keys’ and various other needs since we helped them move to Bothwell Street in 2007.

Morisons has an eye for quality and detail and it hadn’t gone unnoticed that the office was looking a little tired.

Interior design, office refurbishment and fit out Glasgow

As you would expect, Morisons looked at all the options, considered other office locations in Glasgow but ultimately decided to stay and refurbish – a big factor was the number of car parking spaces they have under the building!

So a potential move become a stay and refurbish and fit out along with the associated challenge of keeping a busy team of lawyers functioning in the meantime.

Our Project Team rolled up their sleeves and got down to work. Intelligent interior design Glasgow was crucial to the success of the project as well as ensuring the final result was every bit as impressive.

The project was carefully designed around three phases which as requested, allowed the business to continue to function. For a couple of weeks, all client meetings were held off site but this was a small inconvenience to worry about.

In the first stage, we emptied the top floor and refurbished it to create a new staff breakout area that offered an oasis of peace and quiet that was attractive to staff. The new space encourages them to leave their desks and office environment for something more uplifting and homely.

The next piece of the puzzle was to move the main office into the meeting suite to allow the necessary upgrades to the air conditioning, data cabling, electrics, lighting as well as redecoration, new storagewall and office furniture upgrades.

Through careful observation and analysis of the way Morisons work, the interior design team were able to identify some new ways of working that would benefit the team. By introducing quiet work zones, collaboration areas and a new tea point with a Zip instant hot water tap, flexible space and agile working are very much on the agenda.

The budget was not a free for all and so careful management and intelligent re-use of existing desks and supplementing with new from the same range which was still available. Continuity is very important when selecting office furniture ranges for this reason alone. Doing all of this we were able to increase occupancy on the same floor space whilst at the same time liberating space that had previously been lost in storage capacity which was no longer required.

The interior design team were keen to make the space as invigorating as possible and by using the storagewall as their canvas, a vinyl wrap was used to bring the great big outdoors to a lawyers office in the middle of Glasgow. Inspirational stuff indeed.

Completing the project was perhaps the most important part which is the ‘front of house’. Morisons window on Glasgow is the space to which both private and commercial clients are invited and it was crucial that this space presented the correct image.

Again, keeping an eye on the overall budget, we were able to re-use the existing reception desk and chairs. To complement, a new sofa was selected from Lyndon Design and complete redecoration of the space.

Publication date: June 28th, 2017

Text: Grant Ker

Images: Interior photographer Glasgow

INTERIOR DESIGN AND FURNITURE FOR SANDBANK BUSINESS PARK IN DUNOON

INTERIOR DESIGN AND FURNITURE FOR SANDBANK BUSINESS PARK IN DUNOON

Highlands and Islands Enterprise have built a new business unit in Dunoon at Sandbanks Business Park and following a public competition on the Scottish Governments PCS webportal, Amos Beech were successful in winning with their interior design and furniture offering.

Interior Design Furniture Sandbank Dunoon

The design team carefully researched the building including visiting at an early stage to get a proper ‘feel’ for the space that allowed them to develop an interior design and furniture proposal that caught the attention of HIE.

The brief was to create a ‘front of house’ reception space that also could be used by any one of the multiple tenants who occupy the building. By asking questions and applying our experience we developed the space to a point where it has become an informal ‘town hall’ space at the centre of the building.

Amos Beech included a coffee station within their design and worked with a local commercial coffee machines and consumables provider to ensure that the only headaches were ones from too much caffeine!

The design encourages the creative staff from all the different business units to come together in the space and by sharing ideas and experiences, many new ideas come to light. This is very much in keeping with the very latest ‘café working trends’ that are proving so popular in the happening cities of the world.

A purpose designed welcome desk, greets visitors to the building and the tablet provides a very simple way of checking into the building and sends a message to the correct business that their visitor is waiting for them in reception.

The elegant furniture selected by the interior design team are complemented by a wonderful piece of artwork on the wall facing the front doors. A professional photograph taken before digital photography was an option has been digitised and enlarged and gives a timeless and dynamic presence to the space.

The Longo seating provides comfortable and relaxed seating whilst minimising the frame work required to support and this helps to maintain the light and airy feel.

To one side of the roof atrium there are a selection of coffee tables and chairs that offer a range of seating choices. With an elegant fusion of timber and solid colours in combination with the flooring detail, this is a space where visitors and staff are happy to linger, mingle and swap experiences and ideas over a cup of cappuccino.

A bookable meeting room is also provided within the space with a Verco DNA table and cantilever frame meeting armchairs.

The first tenant is already installed and BC Technologies selected Amos Beech to provide them with modern office furniture and Wilkhahn ON 3D task chairs.

The result achieved is reflective of this exciting and tech driven computing firm with a bright and funky office space that offers the staff an ideal working environment alongside the shared space the other side of their office door.

Publication date: February 8th, 2017

Text: Roy James

Images: Commercial photographer Scotland

DESIGN AND BUILD, YATES ACCOUNTANTS SCOTLAND

DESIGN AND BUILD, YATES ACCOUNTANTS SCOTLAND

Yates & Co are a proactive and growing firm of accountants and had outgrown their central Scotland office. Working with the Amos Beech interior design and build team, they identified 2 possible locations and carried initial space planning and costing exercises.

The decision to move to the Gateway Business Park in Falkirk was taken on a range of criteria including proximity to the motorway, ample parking and a bright 1st floor office space that leant itself to the modern corporate look that David Yates and his team were keen to achieve.

As a workplace consultancy were engaged to provide a full design and build service for the fit-out and the interior design team got to work, planning the space, creating a colour palette using the new branding that was being adopted as part of the move and integrating all of the office functions into a cohesive and pleasant environment.

DESIGN AND BUILD

Yates & Co were able to make full advantage of the range of services offered by Amos Beech because they engaged us very early in the process. By integrating the interior design and graphic design/branding from project inception, we were able to create and fit out an office that reflects the company values and provides the right sort of welcome to their client base.  Staff were given thought and consideration to the way they work and how they interact with one another and with clients.

Floor coverings and wall finishes were all integrated into the overall scheme with thought given to appearance retention, wear ability and ease of maintenance. A unique 3D printed wall paper was used to create a special effect in the entrance atrium which will be a conversation point for sure.

SPACE PLANNING

Key to the scheme was provision for future growth without having an impact on the aesthetics. Whilst larger space was available in other locations, the benefits that the chosen office provided outweighed the larger option and the Amos Beech interior design and build team were able to demonstrate their skills in coming up with an option that didn’t compromise yet allows for additional staff to be integrated as the business grows and hires.

OFFICE FURNITURE

Amos Beech provided a subtle balance of quality furniture whilst keeping a close eye on cost and without making too much of a statement. The blend of textures and finishes expertly combine to create an ambiance of solid dependable quality that accurately matched the brand and company ethos that Yates & Co have established over their years in business.
Samuel Bruce TeamTable bench desking combines with elegant mesh back task chairs and dual monitor arms to create an ergonomic and highly functional working environment.

Break-out and meeting spaces have all been carefully considered to provide the right kind of interactions which improve communication and business performance.

Publication date: August 9th, 2016

Text: Deborah McAulay

Images: Commercial Photographer Falkirk

PLEXUS, BATHGATE

PLEXUS, BATHGATE

Amos Beech delivered this stunning project with interior design by Cubit3D over a 12-week period. Bringing together all of the teams under one roof for Plexus was a challenge in terms of delivering the required functionality, providing for the individual needs of the various teams and including the bespoke display areas for the products that Plexus manufacture.

Including acoustic ceiling rafts with integrated LED lighting in the overall scheme along with bespoke break-out meeting points and low level storage the finished project is an open plan environment that delineates space and controls noise levels.

Plexus selected the Vital Plus range of office furniture. This highly functional and flexible system neatly encapsulates the varying needs of each department and provides a consistent ‘look’ as you move through the office.

Meeting room furniture and conference furniture has been fully integrated with the AV systems that allow Plexus to communicate globally. A range of laminate and veneer tables have been supplied for both internal and client facing spaces. The intelligent design means that all cables are completely hidden from view whilst remaining easily accessible to user interface.

Taking what was a 15,000 ft² production area within the Pyramids Business Park, Amos Beech have transformed the space by upgrading and altering the HVAC system, installing completely new electrics and data cabling, energy efficient lighting, new ceilings and bulkheads, glazed partitioning, carpet, vinyl and porcelain floorcoverings, bespoke reception desk and product display areas along with all office furniture, seating, meeting room furniture and storage systems.

Date of publication: Feb 21 2014

Text: Sam James

Photography: McAteer