Out of this world teaching facility created for the University of Nottingham

Nottingham University refurbishment and fit out

A new teaching facility for engineering students within the Faculty of Engineering at The University of Nottingham now has   the ‘wow factor’ after our East Midlands-based company carried out a full interior refurbishment.

With a £230,000 investment at the Nottingham University Park campus we were called in as interior design and fit-out specialists to completely refurbish the overall design and the laboratory space, including new glass partitioning, flooring and colour branding. The 200-square metre group design area and adjacent practical teaching laboratory, also 200 sq. m, were transformed from a dated dark space into a modern, fresh facility.

Interior Design

Luiza da Silva, interior designer at B&M Installations, said: “The large room previously felt very enclosed and dark, so we opened up the space by adding new glass partitioning to the entire length, making it feel a lot bigger. The large amount of glass, where there were once solid walls, creates an open feel to the space, and introduces lots of natural light. This also means people walking past can see into the stunning new lab.”

The space will be used to support the delivery of the University of Nottingham’s new Aerospace degree course and wider improved teaching activities across the Faculty’s six departments. More than 400 students and staff will benefit from the modern equipped group design space area and laboratory.

Interior refurbishment

Luiza continued: “The  Faculty of Engineering wanted to create series of modern equipped spaces which would give a unique atmosphere and deliver a ‘wow factor’. Every design decision was made to ensure the room feels tall and spacious, so we opted for a light-coloured vinyl flooring and chose white, grey and blue for the colour palette. This also references the wider aerospace industry where these branding colours are common.”

This was the 40th refurbishment project that our team completed for the University of Nottingham in 2016. Other projects with the University of Nottingham include; the full fit-out refurbishment of the Coates Building, the interior design and refurbishment of its Computer Lab and also the interior fit-out transformation of the School of Midwifery.

Read more about this project in The Nottingham Post and East Midlands Business Desk.

With a £230,000 investment at the Nottingham University Park campus we were called in as interior design and fit-out specialists to completely refurbish the overall design and the laboratory space, including new glass partitioning, flooring and colour branding. The 200-square metre group design area and adjacent practical teaching laboratory, also 200 sq. m, were transformed from a dated dark space into a modern, fresh facility.

Interior Design

Luiza da Silva, interior designer at B&M Installations, said: “The large room previously felt very enclosed and dark, so we opened up the space by adding new glass partitioning to the entire length, making it feel a lot bigger. The large amount of glass, where there were once solid walls, creates an open feel to the space, and introduces lots of natural light. This also means people walking past can see into the stunning new lab.”

The space will be used to support the delivery of the University of Nottingham’s new Aerospace degree course and wider improved teaching activities across the Faculty’s six departments. More than 400 students and staff will benefit from the modern equipped group design space area and laboratory.

Interior refurbishment

Luiza continued: “The  Faculty of Engineering wanted to create series of modern equipped spaces which would give a unique atmosphere and deliver a ‘wow factor’. Every design decision was made to ensure the room feels tall and spacious, so we opted for a light-coloured vinyl flooring and chose white, grey and blue for the colour palette. This also references the wider aerospace industry where these branding colours are common.”

This was the 40th refurbishment project that our team completed for the University of Nottingham in 2016. Other projects with the University of Nottingham include; the full fit-out refurbishment of the Coates Building, the interior design and refurbishment of its Computer Lab and also the interior fit-out transformation of the School of Midwifery.

Read more about this project in The Nottingham Post and East Midlands Business Desk.

Nottingham design business lays down roots in refurbed office

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Growing graphic firm Ginger Root Print officially moved into its new office space after our Nottingham-based company carried out a full refurbishment on their offices.

Complete transformation

The 3,300 sq. ft. office, located in Chase Park, Colwick, underwent a complete modernisation, including new flooring, glass partitioning and redecoration to reflect the printer’s brand identity. As interior fit-out specialists we provided design and fit for the project including full refurbishment of the first floor office and the second floor space, which will house a boardroom, dining and breakout area for staff and five separate office spaces that will be sub-let by other design companies.

Positive feedback

Anthony Scoon, director at Ginger Root Print, said: “B&M have done a fantastic job, they listened to what we wanted but also made suggestions and we are so happy with the end result. We are also thrilled to have four out of the five offices already occupied, a testament to the quality of the refurbishment.

“The new office is a much better working environment for staff and we have been able to invest in new equipment now that each machine has its own dedicated space, therefore increasing the quality of our work. The new office is a game changer for us and everyone is very excited to be moved in and settled.”

Luiza da Silva, our interior designer, said: “Ginger Root expressed a need for a functional space that would cater for their design work but also provide an inspiring atmosphere to keep everyone energised and motivated. We therefore created a light, modern, open plan office with vibrant orange features, in keeping with the company logo.

“Ginger Root is a growing Nottingham business so we needed to future-proof its office space and consider where to house its specialist equipment. The finished office looks fantastic and is just one of the many requests we’re receiving for design and fit office refurbishments.”

Read more about his project in The Business Desk (East Midlands) and The Nottingham Post.

 

B&M Installations makes first apprentice hires

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(L-R Jordan Newton, Reece Henrys, Adam Cartwright and Purmash Chaddha)

We are happy to announce that we have appointed two electrical engineering apprentices at our Nottingham office to help bridge the skills gap in the industry.

The two teenagers from Nottingham are our first apprentice hires and they will be assisting our interior fit-out company’s in-house electricians on major refurbishment projects across the East Midlands.

Reece Henrys, 16, from Aspley said: “I’m really looking forward to doing my apprenticeship at B&M and learn from experienced electricians. I’ve tried other courses at school, but an apprenticeship suits me best.”

Jordan Newton, 17, from Carlton said: “I think an apprenticeship is the best way to learn a trade as you get to do the job for real, and have hands-on experience. I researched B&M before I came and was really impressed with the range of services they provide and am excited about learning with the team.”

Both Reece and Jordan are working towards a Level 3 in electrical engineering at New College Nottingham and are excited to be working with us over the next three years.

B&M Installation’s managing director, Graham Belfield said: “We’re really proud to be taking on apprentices for the first time at B&M. As interior fit-out specialists, we offer a complete service from electrics to mezzanine floors, so we’ve got an experienced team who will give both Reece and Jordan a good grounding for their careers to come.”

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Graham continued: “There is a real concern about the skills gap across many trades in the construction sector and it’s up to local businesses to help youngsters get a foot in the door and choose a career in construction. We’re experiencing one of our busiest years ever and predict that the demand for office fit-outs and commercial refurbishments will continue to grow, so it’s key that we invest in the development of young people in the industry.”

New College Nottingham business to business key account executive, Jim Beard said: “We know how important it is to be bringing new skills into the construction and engineering industry at the moment, so we have been working hard with key firms to help create apprenticeship opportunities. It’s brilliant that B&M have taken on two new electrical apprentices, showing their commitment to helping to train the next generation.

“It’s such an important time for the construction and engineering sector with regards to filling their skills gap, we are doing all we can as a college to help address this, including providing apprenticeship opportunities and working with businesses to help address their training needs.”

You can read more about B&M Installation’s first apprentice hires in East Midlands Business Desk and East Midlands Business News.

Never underestimate a good office fit-out

Office interior design plays a critical role in a company’s productivity – Graham gives his top tips for creating a space that will inspire staff

See the light

The value of a good working space and high-quality office fit-out is often underappreciated. Lighting for example makes a huge difference to an office space. We always recommend LED lighting as it prevents glare on computer screens. Incorrect lighting can lead to eye strain and headaches and have a big impact on the mood of the room generally.

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Give me a break

We’re seeing a surge in demand for break-out spaces now – giving staff an area to wind-down away from their desks. The break out area will often include TVs and sofas or even games such as a dart board or pool table to help staff relax during break times. In addition to break-out spaces, we’re also receiving requests for ‘think-spaces’ and are creating rooms that have washable paint or glass partitions that you can doodle on, or even magnetic walls to pin up ideas – all with the aim to encourage creativity and collaborative work.

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Make the most of your office space

Due to ever increasing rent costs, businesses are also making better use of existing space. From dwarf wall partitions to split rooms, to the use of bi-fold doors to close and expand the space available.

It’s a lot less common for us to build individual offices anymore, as they’re usually reserved for very senior individuals or those working on confidential tasks – but even then the office is normally made with at least one glass wall, giving a sense of privacy as well as metaphorical and physical transparency with senior team members.

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Make it modern

Open plan office fit-outs will normally include a vibrant feature wall as a point of interest. Although popular, white walls can be a little stark and get dirty quickly, but a pop of colour will create an engaging space to work in as well as adding a bit of personality.

A modern, fresh office fit-out is not only important for current staff, but will also leave a lasting impression on clients and prospective employees. The top talent won’t want to work for a company that looks stuck in the 90s, hosting meetings in a boardroom with magnolia walls and dim lighting. And clients want to employee businesses with personality, they want to walk into an office that’s buzzing with activity that looks modern and forward-thinking.

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