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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

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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 space in Ediburgh.

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

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 space in Edinburgh.

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