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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

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.

Date of publication: Nov 14th 2018

Text & Images: Vincent Hartman

CONFERENCE FURNITURE LAW SOCIETY SCOTLAND

CONFERENCE FURNITURE LAW SOCIETY SCOTLAND

The Law Society Scotland were moving to new open plan offices in Edinburgh next to the EICC and were keen to provide a state of the art venue with conference furniture for its staff, members and visitors.

Following consultation with Simon Laird Architects Edinburgh, Simon pointed them in the direction of Amos Beech to view the often copied but never matched Confair table system by Wilkhahn. Confair is a large format conference table system that can be fully integrated with the very latest technology whilst discretely hiding cables to ensure the appearance is never compromised. Understandably, they immediately saw the benefits which include single person operation and very compact storage. The design team helped them select their finishes and the tables were brilliantly set off with the Casala Lynx chair which provided them with a multi-use chair suitable for both Conference and Theatre style seating.

The conference chairs have a very clever frame design that allows linking to take place within the frame and without any additional securing points – this ingenious design allows for rapid deployment and change which was very important due to the multi-function use of the space.

Credenza storage from UK office furniture manufacturer Verco was selected as having the right blend of functionality and solid wood detailing that complemented the high quality table system. These are available in a variety of widths and in this case were specified at 1000mm wide.

Side conference rooms were similarly specified and the result is an oasis of business like calm and understated elegance which provides the Law Society with the right level of ambience and longevity.

Publication date: November 11th, 2016

Text: Alison Lyall

Images: Interior photographer Edinburgh

EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTE OF SCOTLAND

EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTE OF SCOTLAND

EIS occupy three adjacent buildings in Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site New Town area. Working with design practice Cubit3D, Amos Beech was asked to provide furniture to complement the style of the building whilst remaining functional for everyday use in an office environment.

A bespoke reception desk in walnut veneer welcomes visitors to the building which has been refurbished to an exceptionally high standard. Original features have been retained and/or reinstated. A coffee lounge with chesterfield sofas on the ground floor provides a space for staff and visitors to meet and collaborate with all of the other functions emanating out through the buildings.

Link corridors connect the properties and the interior design brings together 3 houses that were originally built for 3 different owners with different tastes and budgets. Original floors ranging from marble to stone flags have been carefully restored and brought together creating an ambience not normally associated with an office interior.

The office furniture products provided include boardroom table and chairs, meeting room furniture, folding tables, Samuel Bruce bench desks, Bisley metal storage pedestals, side filing cabinets and tall double door cupboards, book shelves, task seating, break-out furniture, café furniture, auditorium furniture, high density stacking chairs with writing tablets, credenza storage cabinets, mail room furniture, bespoke soft seating and poseur height tables and poseur stools.

As the client wished to continue working from the building whilst it was refurbished, the project was phased over 12 months and Amos Beech were on hand over this extended time providing removal services, furniture installation, reconfiguration and general assistance whilst the building program continued.

Publication date: March 19th 2016

Text: Sam James

Photography: Paul Zanre

AVALOQ, EDINBURGH

AVALOQ, EDINBURGH

Avaloq chose Tanfield in Edinburgh for their new World Software Design Centre for Excellence for various reasons including the availability of highly trained graduates from Edinburgh’s Universities. What they also realised was that they might be able to attract the best staff but more importantly they needed to keep them too. Part of this vision was to create a working environment that looked after the health & welfare of their staff as well as being an inspirational place to be.

With gaming facilities, bean to cup Italian coffee machines and a full size pool table providing some refreshment and entertainment in the break-out zone, the serious bit in the design teams had to be something special.

Amos Beech worked very closely with Edinburghs' premier interior design team Cubit3D to seamlessly integrate all aspects of the design into the office fit out.

Office furniture supplied includes Samuel Bruce electric height adjustable workstations, Wilkhahn Trimension 3D ON task chairs, Humanscale M8 dual monitor arms, Wilkhahn Confair and Logon meeting room tables, Hitch Mylius reception chairs, Arper Catifa café seating, Tacchini Polar sofas and matching coffee tables.
Wilkhahns ON 3D chair was selected above some of the best known chairs in the world at evaluation stage and the Samuel Bruce height adjustable desking proved its quality and value for money along with a range of customer selected options that made sure that it was exactly the right solution of the client.
The dual monitor arms from Humanscale were rigorously tested by the client to ensure they would support the large monitors that had been specified. The integral cable management keeps the overall look very clean and uncluttered.

The panoramic views across Edinburgh’s skyline completed the picture.

We have done another office interior design and fit out project on the Tanfield site in Edinburgh more recently, for more info: INTERIOR DESIGN OFFICE FIT OUT EDINBURGH

Date of publication: Jan 27th 2015

Text: Sam James

Photography: McAteer