Interior Design

Whether we have assisted you in creating your design brief or not, we are able to translate your requirements onto paper and see your project through the complete design process.

We understand how people work on a psychological level and how they are likely to move within a space. This means that we often see the solution from a different perspective and one that we know will simply work.

We strongly believe that good design should not cost you more, so through the careful and strategic use of standard products we can be creative but being respectful of your valuable resources.

This approach has consistently underpinned the success of our designers.

Our Services

Conceptual design

Once a 2Dimensional plan has been agreed in principle, we can start to develop the overall aesthetic of the space. This stage of the design process often proves to be the most inspiring as it allows a client to touch and feel physical samples and view virtual reality or CGI renders to create photo realistic views of the design. All finishes are selected to align to aspirations, branding guidelines and sustainability targets. It is our responsibility to advise you on the environmental impact on the material selections.

Zone planning & Test fits

If you are considering some additional redesign works to your current office or alternatively looking at several new offices, we can quickly offer a test fit or zone planning solution to establish if your design brief works within a given space. A zone plan is basic blocks of colour to outline location and adjacencies on a floor plate whereas a test fit is a basic space plan which correlates to a given brief and identifies any compromises required. A report can be issued presenting professional opinions on which building/s work best for your requirements.

Space planning (2D design)

A space plan, must like a test fit, is mapping a client design brief onto a floor plan. It would contain more detail than a test fit and often detail key departments and sub-teams with their core requirements. The design is an essential part of the design process that a client will work with us to develop to the point of sign-off. If you have decided to work with your existing furniture or not, all blocks on the plans will be correctly scaled while in consideration of workplace legislation.

Measured Site Surveys

In the ideal world, there will be up to date Autocad plans of your office. Often, we find this is not the case so we offer a validation service to accurately measure your office and create an up to date record on Autocad. Should you have plans already, we will often cross check dimensions to ensure accuracy of scale.

Hand sketches

During the conceptual stages of design, we often produce hand sketches for our clients so they understand the broad principles of key design features. This skilled ability can captivate the imagination and aid in design development. Multiple sketches can be produced inexpensively and quickly making them a continuing significant feature in the design process.

Computer Generated Images (CGI) & Virtual Reality

It is common place for your interior scheme to be converted into 3 dimensions through either still visuals, walk-throughs or virtual reality headsets. Often clients can struggle to visualise how the finishes will work in unison so the CGI views offer us the ability to show this in photo realistic settings and make adjustments before investment is made.

Detailed Design

Once a client has agreed the 2Dimensional and conceptual design it is vital that the next set of drawings accurately reflect the expectations. Also known as construction issue plans, the detailed drawings would consist of a package of between 5-50 plans outlining construction of walls, bespoke joinery, kitchen elevations, finishes through to Mechanical and Electrical plans. It must be clear from all plans what has been agreed and reduce any margin for error.

Legal / Statutory planning

Often it is necessary to obtain local authority planning approvals such as fire regulations or building control. It is our responsibility to ensure all plans are compliant to prevailing legislation. In additional to statutory requirements, it is not uncommon for a client to require landlord approvals. A pack of plans can be quickly produced to satisfy these requirements and aid in obtaining approvals early in the project to avoid later delays.

CDCM

A change in legislation places a legal responsibility upon the principle designer. All our designers are fully trained and qualified to assume this role covering all design works we are involved in. We can charge for this role in isolation if required.

Colour Psychology

Surprisingly, very few designers work with the principles of colour science. Colour is an excellent non-verbal communicator and is often overlooked.

We work with your branding and consider ways of using colour is a clever and strategic way to moderate the behaviours and emotions of the occupants. Color is light and light is energy. Science has discovered that physiological changes take place in each of us when we are exposed to certain colours. Certain colours can stimulate, excite, depress, tranquilise, increase appetite and create a feeling of warmth or coolness. This science is known as chromodynamics.

We can advise on how you could introduce colour to best effect within your workplace.

Demographics

Having extensively studied the psychology of people and demographics, we have come to understand all the small things that can make a big difference.

We now see three – four generations working side by side in the workplace and while we should avoid making generalisations about people, understanding the key differences is a useful shorthand to creating a workplace that supports diversity and each individual.

The workplace should be a place that people want to come to, brings the best out of them while there and supports collaborations and overall wellbeing. When all these elements are balanced we note improvements in morale and the retention of existing staff and the attraction of your next generation of workers and future leaders.

Personality Types

Over the years there have been multiple tests to establish a persons personality type. While we do not promote one method over another, we do think it is worthwhile understanding in simplistic terms the broad personality types of your workforce. This knowledge can be used to influence the design of the workplace to ensure that it includes spaces we know your staff would use.

A person displaying characteristics of introvertism is likely to seek spaces for concentration and solitude to re-energise themselves whereas an extrovert would tend to gravitate towards other people. These vastly different preferences need to be catered for in the workplace, but in the correct balance.

By sympathetic consideration to the personality types in your office, you can create a scheme that proves to be effective and efficient.