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Social Spaces in Bradford On Avon

Client: Steve Vik International
Value: £19k

The requirement

Our client has taken on a new office space due to expansion and will be putting a team of 12 into the new office space. The new office was previously used as a café/social space and has plenty of space.  The customer wanted to divide of areas for eating, informal meetings and storage without putting in solid walls.

Our solution

We drew the office using CAD software which enabled us to provide a few layout options. The 12 new desk positions were nice and simple down one side in front of the windows. The social spaces had more options and layouts to get this right for the customer. With the canteen and social spaces we provided options using meeting pods and soft seating along with open timber room dividers. The timber dividers would provide a visual separation whilst keeping it light and open. We designed the timber screens to have shelving which adds interest and space to put plants. Plants are always a great addition to the office and adding greenery and interest.

Building the screens

The timber screens were built on the floor before being stood up and fixed in place. The screens were fixed using Dowell joints to ensure the screws aren’t visible. Sections of beading were installed along the bottom of the shelves to prevent plant pots from sliding off. The timber screens were then finished with 2 layers of hardwearing stained varnish to make the colour match the office.

Finishing touches

The vibrant coloured swivel chairs are made to order and add a fantastic pop of colour to the new informal meeting area. The customer added in their own dining furniture and a range of plants to make this area super fun and comfortable.

Do you want a social working environment or have a canteen to upgrade?

Please give us a call or go to the contact us page and we can help with any aspect of interior office fit out, along with space planning and design work.

01380 73 88 44

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Mezzanine Floor in Taunton

Client: Space Adventurers Soft Play
Value: £65k

The requirement

Our client runs a successful soft play centre in Taunton. Part of the centre is the nursey, which has grown in popularity and earned a great reputation. The client had ran out of space and could not take on any more children despite a full waiting list.

Our solution

The café area in the soft play part of the building adjoins onto the nursery and is all on the ground floor. Our solution was to install a lightweight steel mezzanine floor over the café and seating area. This will maximize the height of the building and gain a whole new play room for the nursery.

The customer already had a staircase in place which was used as a staff entrance into the first floor nursery rooms. This was kept in place and the mezzanine floor was built level with the existing floor.

The mezzanine floor was built as an L-shape around the existing soft play equipment to maximize the square meterage of floor space for the nursery. Careful consideration was made on where the support pillars were to be located below so it did not interfere with the existing café counters.

Building Regulations

There are also other important factors that must be considered when designing a floor and we bring this expertise in our advice of what can and cannot be done. The floor must be submitted for Building Regulation Approval which we do, and this is a legal requirement by law. Steel behaves in strange ways when it gets hot, before melting the steel can twist and as the floor is a fully stressed structure it can collapse and so there are all kinds of rules relating to travel distances and fire protection that must be adhered to.

There is more information about Building Regulations here.

Building the Mezzanine Floor.

A fork lift was used for the installation process as the main beams were extremely heavy. The fork lift allows the main beams to be lifted to the height required whilst the upright support posts are installed.

Once the mezzanine floor was in place a new fire rated partition was built along the leading edge of the mezzanine up to the roof level. This was almost 6m high which meant the installation was completed using a scissor lift and the space was very narrow between the soft play and the partition in some parts.

A 1-hour fire rated suspended ceiling was installed below the mezzanine floor with 1-hour fire rated column encasements fitted and a 1-hour fire rated bulkhead along the exposed front edge and stairwell.

Above the mezzanine floor we installed a new suspended ceiling with new LED lighting on both floors.

Do you want extra space?

Please give us a call or contact us and we can help with any aspect of interior office fit out, along with space planning and design work.

01380 73 88 44

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Glass Partition in Devizes

Client: CMD Recruitment
Value: £4k

The requirement

The customer is based on a main high street with lots of passing foot traffic and the main requirement was to provide a separation from the main office area and the front reception area however the shop front was the only source for natural light and they didn’t want to lose this by installing a solid partition.

Planning the work

The project has a couple of things which needed to be considered as there is a bulkhead in the ceiling in line with the proposed partition however if the glass was installed on the higher part of the bulkhead it would interfere with the door opening and if it was installed on the lower part of the bulkhead an alarm sounder would need to be moved prior to installation.

Quick installation

One of the things we love about glass partitioning is how quick they are to fit, this minimizes any disruption to the customer.

This glass partition was completed over 3x visits:

  • The first visit was to install the tracks and confirm the final position of the door. At this stage all final measurements are taken for the glass to be manufactured to fit perfectly. This visit usually only takes a couple of hours.
  • The second visit is usually around a week later to install the glass. This visit also only takes a couple of hours.
  • The third and final visit is a couple of days later to fit the manifestations onto the glass. The bespoke manifestation used a frosted band fir privacy with the CMD recruitment logo cut out which is a really smart way of using the negative space and we think its very eye-catching. Another great example of bespoke branded manifestations can be found on this project in Swindon.

Questions on glass partitioning

Please give us a call on 01380 738844 or complete our contact us form if you have any questions about Glass Partitioning.

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Glass Corner Office Partitioning in Calne

Client: Fabrinet
Value: £7.5k

The customers’ main requirement was to segregate the large reception area and install a new glass corner office to provide a quick meeting space for visitors. The reception is just a small part of a very large building so the customer wanted to avoid having to take visitors all the way through the building to use the boardroom for smaller informal meetings.

The Existing reception has huge windows with an open staircase so the customer wanted to keep reception open plan and maximize the light so glass partitioning was the obvious choice.

Planning the work.

The project did not require any drawings, the space was so big there were no concerns about the new meeting room fitting. The customer already had a small meeting table and chairs so we simply made the room spacious enough to accommodate the existing furniture.  We do carry out space planning and 3d visuals if required. More information about this is on the following page click this link.

Quick installation

One of the things we love about glass partitioning is how quick they are to fit, this minimizes any disruption to the customer.

This glass corner office installation was completed over 3x visits:

  • The first visit was to install the tracks and confirm the final position of the door. At this stage all final measurements are taken for the glass to be manufactured to fit perfectly. This visit usually only takes a couple of hours.
  • The second visit is usually around a week later to install the glass. This visit also only takes a couple of hours.
  • The third and final visit is a couple of days later to fit the manifestations onto the glass. We loved the diminishing bands this customer chose as it keeps the space looking open plan whilst giving some obscured privacy within the meeting room.

Questions on glass partitioning

Please give us a call on 01380 738844 or complete our website contact form if you have any questions about Glass Partitioning.

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Low cost Office Partitioning

Client: Marketing Logistic
Value: £2.5k

Is there such a thing? ‘low cost office partitioning’ in Calne. To be perfectly honest office partitioning with glass and doors always costs more than you think. There is quite a bit involved with the construction as all of the parts arrive as full lengths of material, every single piece has to be cut to fit. The hand built nature of these types of partitions also means that they are fully configurable. So you can have the glass where you want it, you can position the doors and solid elements pretty much where you need them.

We have written quite a bit about these partitions, which are called demountable partitions elsewhere in the website. They do actually give quite a bit of flexibility in that the walls can be adjusted, so taken down and rebuilt into a different position re-using the materials without waste. This is different to a traditional plasterboard and stud wall. Once a stud is built that is it, to move it you have to destroy it. A stud wall also is difficult to put windows in, and doorframes, much easier and therefore quicker in a demountable system.

Trade off's

A demountable office partition looks good, in that it looks modern and is designed for offices, whereas a timber or metal stud wall does not. The issue with the demountable partition options come down to cost. Low cost office partitioning is possible by changing the specifications to a budget system. For example this project was built using a 50mm wide demountable partition system. The more common thickness of wall is 75mm wide, and 100mm wide is available as well. The wider systems are more expensive as they use more material but they perform better in terms of sound performance and in the case of the 75mm and 100mm system they can be fire rated. The 50mm wide system cannot.

So really there is a balance to be made with performance versus cost. The 50mm wide system looks good but will not perform as well as a 75mm wide system and is cheaper.

There are also options with glazing, single or double glazed, again with  the cost versus performance trade off to consider.

The Plan

Plan to create 2 offices

The customer really wanted two rooms created inside the small office, but we were concerned that it would be too small so checked the sizes out by producing a small drawing. We fitted a standard desk into the space as well so the customer could see whether this would work for them.

The drawing actually helps us anyway as we can work out how big the windows need to be, which affects the cost.

Project Photographs.

It was a bit tricky to take decent photographs as the space was so small. However please see them below.

Low cost partitioning projects

The first thing to mention is please contact us if you need something carried out to a small budget. There are many ways to build office walls. In this instance the customer wanted glass and a couple of doors so there is a cost incurred with the glazing and door frames. Less glass would have been cheaper, less walls would have been cheaper. It is hard to balance the right combination of what is required against any budget.

Please call us on 01380 73 88 44 or email us on [email protected]

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Room Division in Trowbridge

Client: Trowbridge Town Council
Value: £11.5k

A conference room division into two smaller rooms was a requirement by Trowbridge Town Council and Cre8tive Interiors Ltd were asked to carry out the work.

Room division is not an uncommon requirement, but it is not always straightforward as there are many things to consider. However, the customer found the existing meeting room was far to large, and never got used to its’ full potential, and needed another office. So splitting off the end of the larger room made sense.

Challenges

There were several challenges that needed to be dealt with. The first was that the room to be divided had underfloor heating with a filament set under the carpet and floor. Underfloor heating is fine for residential uses but usually in offices spaces are dynamic, and walls need to be moved and relocated as the business changes. We usually use demountable partitions for this, the partitions can be re-used if the sizes and positions need to be changed. Most offices have demountable partitions.

The reason why this is a problem is that the screws used to fit the bottom support track into the floor must not puncture the underfloor heating elements. In this case we used shorter screws than usual and bonded the bottom track to the floor with high tensile strength adhesive. The wall itself is also fixed to the ceiling or roof.

Trowbridge Town Council wanted the access to the new room to come off the main corridor, so the main corridor wall would need electrics moving and a hole cut into it for the new frame and door to fit.

Other issues were that the customer had an existing door and doorframe to match but they could not tell what the thickness of the wall was 100%, so we had to take a bit of a gamble and assume the lining would fit.

Preparation work before work starts

All projects require these elements, but Trowbridge Town Council wanted to see them and checked them through before starting work which was fine of course. It was just nice to see a customer actually ask for them.

Initial site photographs

The photos below say it all really. The existing room was very long and large, so lent itself to be split off at the end. The ceiling was pretty high, so scaffolding and wide wall studs are required.

Construction Photographs

Getting all the materials to the area was actually quite a challenge as it all had to be brought through narrow corridors from the back of the building. No access via the front. The wall had to be fire rated as well, hence the pink fire line board. Sound performance needed to be good as well, so the wall had to have insulation inside the wall cavity. The wall also went right through the suspended ceiling into the roof, and then the suspended ceilings had to be reconfigured to drop inside. This prevents sound transference in the ceiling void above the suspended ceiling. We also provided 200mm insulation to go over the back of the suspended ceiling as well to further improve the sound performance of the new wall.

Completion Photographs

We do not have too many of these, as soon as we finish we clean up and are off site and leave the customer to do what they want with the space. They planned it with us so that the rooms were not booked out, we finished when we said we would but it was still a few weeks before furniture was fitted and of course we were gone by then.

Room Division requirements?

Room division is something we can do for offices, if you have any requirements please do not hesitate to contact us on 01380 73 88 44 or email us at [email protected]

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Office Fit Out Chippenham

Client: John Guest Limited
Value: £15k

John Guest Ltd planned to open a new office in Chippenham and contacted Cre8tive Interiors to carry out an office fit out service. They needed the space designed, costed and carried out. The potential office was in good condition; it had new carpets, air conditioning and lighting and therefore was a blank canvas for Cre8tive.

The first task was to survey the existing space and understand the requirements for the new office. There was a short list and the shape of the room meant there were some logical positions for things. We also knew the building very well as we have previously fitted a kitchen for Volutio many years ago. We then stripped it out and fitted out some partitions and offices for Deltenna limited. We then stripped this out for them when they left and carried out the dilapidation work for them also in this same office space. There were some problems in locating the supplies but because we knew the building well we completed this easily.

We also knew there were issues with the hot and cold water tanks in the roof so we advised John Guest. An office fit out can include many things. The scope of work for this project included:

  1. Complete office fit out.
  2. CDM work: we were designated Principle Contractor for the work, so carried out Risk Assessments and Method statements for the work.
  3. Drawing and layout work detailing the specifications.
  4. New kitchen
  5. New office partitioning
  6. Construction of Server room with air conditioning
  7. Construction of two offices and a meeting room.
  8. Moving of electrical power boxes, additional electrics and data cabling.
  9. Completion in 3 weeks.

Existing Office Space

We did not have any pictures of the area before we actually started, the ones above are on the first day on the start of work. As you can see there are some cables and pipes for the air conditioning.

Office fit out Construction Photographs.

Although we have been fitting offices for the last 20 years or so, we get so much enjoyment in seeing the transformation from a blank space through to the final completion. The progression is always interesting, seeing the pile of bits laying neatly on the floor, stacked in order for the demountable partitions to seeing the forming the walls to the end result.

Seeing everyone busy and working together and keeping the space tidy, and having a bit of fun on site as well all makes the time go really quickly.

Final Photographs

We used demountable partitioning on this project. By using demountable office partitioning we created some additional office space for the customer and it also gives the flexibility to the customer to alter the walls with very little cost in the future. There are some other advantages listed below;

Summary on Demountable Partitioning?

  1. Using Demountable Partitioning is very tax efficient as they are seen as movable items and so can be treated differently in writing down allowances in the accounts. Please click the link for more information on demountable partitioning.
  2. We can also lease Demountable Partitioning as they are movable, this spreads the costs of having the work done as Demountable Partitions always cost more than customers think.
  3. Leasing of demountable partitioning is very tax efficient and Cre8tive can provide illustrations, please contact us for further information.
  4. Most landlords insist on Demountable Partitions being used for offices as it is much easier to take them out should the tenant renting the space leave for any reason. The benefit is that is saves making a huge amount of mess and destruction that would be need with a conventional stud and plasterboard constructed wall.

Questions on additional offices?

If you are not sure about anything as well as taking about all kinds of partitioning including Demountable we love to talk about projects and sort out problems and issues with space, please give us a call on 01380 738844

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Glass Partition in Bradford-on-Avon

Client: Anthony Best Dynamics
Value: £3.5k

The requirement from our client was that they needed a glass partition built to protect staff from draughts, and also to maximise light inside the new office space. The challenge with this project was that the partition line did not fit directly under the mezzanine floor line above, and so we had to stand out the partition from the edge, and fill in lots of gaps. From the outside view from the warehouse, you could not see an issue or problem.

We use Demountable Partitioning rather than stud and plasterboard, as the systems allow window and door frames to be made quickly and easily. The partition system is made from aluminium sections which have to be cut on site, forming frames for the glass, door frames, metal stud work and plasterboard. We have a short video on our YouTube channel that demonstrated this; please click this link. In this particular design for Anthony Best Dynamics the lower panels were solid, and the customer wanted us to maximise the glass area so that the internal office had as much natural light as possible.

Existing Layout

The glass partition position had to be fixed at one end against an outside wall which was not an issue; the other end had to fix to an existing partition which had a window already installed. The line of the new glass partition would have taken the wall directly over the window, and so we moved the wall over to avoid this. However, this meant that we could not fix the top to line up with the mezzanine floor, so we built a small false extension to the mezzanine floor.

Construction

Construction took two days to complete. Once the glass partition frames and plasterboard were fitted the solid panels were decorated with a contract grade wall paper from Dixon Turner. The windows were made on site, and so the glass had to be measured and fitted later. However this meant that the room was fully usable in the meantime so the customer could continue moving furniture into place.

Completed Wall

As previously mentioned in this project post, the system was constructed from a product called Demountable Partitioning with which we have many years experience. The flexibility it offers means that the partitioning can be re-used and not discarded if a change is needed in the future.

Why Demountable Partitioning?

  1. Using Demountable Partitioning is very tax efficient as they are classed as movable items and so can be treated differently when accounting. Please click the link for more information on demountable partitioning.
  2. We can also lease Demountable Partitioning as they are movable. This spreads the costs of having the work done as Demountable Partitions can be an initial costly outlay.
  3. Leasing of Demountable Partitioning is very tax efficient and Cre8tive can provide cost illustrations. Please contact us for further information.
  4. Most landlords insist on Demountable Partitions being used for offices as it is much easier to take them out when the tenant vacates. The main benefit is that is saves a huge amount of mess and destruction that would be needed with a conventional stud and plasterboard constructed wall.

Questions on Glass Partition Walls

Please give us a call on 01380 738844 or complete our website contact form if we can help you with any of your projects, or if you have specific questions about Glass Partition Walls.

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Office Extension in Marlborough

Client: J P Kummer
Value: £8.1k

An office extension is a pretty simple thing to do for us to do. Our customer, J P Kummer, specialises in adhesives and wanted to extend their existing laboratory which was constructed from demountable partitioning. (If you want to know what demountable partitioning is please click this link). Unfortunately we could not simply take down the partition as the electrics that was fitted to the partition wall had to be moved.

The existing lighting had to be changed as well as extending a special static sensitive (dissipative) floor. In order to work out costs, we measured the whole space and created some drawings. We then worked out what equipment and benches had to fit, and the limits of where the partition could fit. Once drawn and the basic idea was agreed, we then looked into more detail on the power, floor boxes and lighting.

Drawing and design work.

For smaller projects we do not charge for basic drawing work, in order to work out what needs to be done, we nearly always produce even a basic drawing which allows us to do several things:

  • To discuss with the customer to see if what we are proposing will solve the problem
  • Work out what materials will be needed
  • Work out a labour cost and talking to installers about the work

We then usually submit this with our quote so it is totally clear on what we have allowed for in the project price and there are no surprises. We can carry out more detailed space planning and even 3d visuals, please click this link for more information. In this particular instance it was quite complicated to work out what we could take down and re-use and what we needed new. All of the parts were demountable, so could be reconfigured.

Existing layout

As you can see from the photographs below there was quite a bit of furniture in the way to see what needed to be done. The plan was to extend the laboratory so all of this had to be taken down and stored temporarily in other offices and parts of the building.

The glass front of the laboratory had large windows from table height to the ceiling forming the corridor. This line of wall needed to be extended further into the office space as shown on the drawing.

Office Extension construction photographs.

We cannot just appear on site expecting things to happen and expect to have fitters available and all of the parts needed to make things happen. All of the materials have a delivery time, the specialist flooring was on a 4 week lead time from order, so this gave us time to plan everything out so that when they arrived, all of the partitioning, benches and electrical connections were ready for the floor to be fitted. The floor was a special floor in that it had to have a special membrane fitted underneath which had to be connected to an earth on the electrical work we did. The idea is that an static electricity generated gets dissipated through the floor down to earth.

We also had to arrange convenient time with the customer as they were busy in production in the laboratory, the electrical circuits had to be broken into, and the the existing work area fully functional whilst the new ring main, sockets and floor boxes were installed without affecting the work being done in the laboratory.

The end wall of the old laboratory had to be taken down so all of the electrical supplies had to be disconnected, once re-positioned and the parts re-used, new materials were used to extend the front wall. Once the apertures were built for the windows the glass was measured and fitted. The taking down and rebuilding gave the customer the office extension that they needed. The partitions and electrical work had to be finished before we could fit the floor which needed a bonding wire in the electrical circuit that the dissipative material could be connected to.

Office Extension Completion Photographs.

The customer was very pleased with the work as we did not affect production at all and caused minimal disruption. The office extension meant that they could double their production increasing their level of sales and throughput of work through the area.

We used demountable partitioning on this project and we managed to match the existing configuration and colours. However as you can see by the first image above, there is a slight variation with the colour on the wall covering which was not possible to match completely 100%. We did offer to redecorate all of the remaining existing partitions with the new wall covering but the customer did not want to do this. The original wallpaper had been on the partitions for over 10 years. By using demountable office partitioning we created some additional laboratory space providing an office extension for the customer and we saved the customer quite a bit of cost as we re-used the expensive materials. The walls are fully demountable so can be taken down and rebuilt again if required without throwing them away. There are some other advantages listed below;

Summary on Demountable Partitioning

  1. Using Demountable Partitioning is very tax efficient as they are seen as movable items and so can be treated differently in writing down allowances in the accounts. Please click the link for more information on demountable partitioning.
  2. We can also lease Demountable Partitioning as they are movable, this spreads the costs of having the work done as Demountable Partitions always cost more than customers think.
  3. Leasing of demountable partitioning is very tax efficient and Cre8tive can provide illustrations, please contact us for further information.
  4. Most landlords insist on Demountable Partitions being used for offices as it is much easier to take them out should the tenant renting the space leave for any reason. The benefit is that is saves making a huge amount of mess and destruction that would be need with a conventional stud and plasterboard constructed wall.

Questions on extending offices?

If you are not sure about anything as well as taking about all kinds of partitioning including Demountable we love to talk about projects and sort out problems and issues with space, please give us a call on 01380 738844

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New Additional Offices in Swindon

Client: REPL
Value: £8.5k

Cre8tive was asked to add some additional offices to an office space we built for the customer 10 years ago. It was important to match what we originally supplied so that the new offices all blended in nicely and we were still able to source all of the components needed.

The first task was to draw what was required and show this to the customer, and a couple of ideas were produced. In the end two offices were built at the far end of the office which opened out the area by reception. Complicating matters was the ceiling is sloped, and we had a wall to take down as well with electrics inside it, all of which was taken down and re-used saving the customer money in the process. One of the main reason why customers use demountable partitioning is for exactly this reason. In this particular situation the glass screens could be re-used and as they are usually the most expensive element it was advantageous to re-use them and save on the build cost.

Existing Partitioning and Offices

The photographs above show the wall to be re-used, we could re-use all of the grey aluminium parts along with the window frames, glass and blinds but had to replace the plasterboard and stud work inside.

The above photo shows the style of the current offices, the doors were of a particular veneer with vision panels positioned at certain positions so the new office doors had to match making the creation of additional offices very easy.

Construction Photographs.

The photographs above show the wall to be re-used, we could re-use all of the grey aluminium parts along with the window frames, glass and blinds but had to replace the plasterboard and stud work inside.

The above photo shows the style of the current offices, the doors were of a particular veneer with vision panels positioned at certain positions so the new office doors had to match making the creation of additional offices very easy.

Summary on Demountable Partitioning?

  1. Using Demountable Partitioning is very tax efficient as they are seen as movable items and so can be treated differently in writing down allowances in the accounts. Please click the link for more information on demountable partitioning.
  2. We can also lease Demountable Partitioning as they are movable, this spreads the costs of having the work done as Demountable Partitions always cost more than customers think.
  3. Leasing of demountable partitioning is very tax efficient and Cre8tive can provide illustrations, please contact us for further information.
  4. Most landlords insist on Demountable Partitions being used for offices as it is much easier to take them out should the tenant renting the space leave for any reason. The benefit is that is saves making a huge amount of mess and destruction that would be need with a conventional stud and plasterboard constructed wall.

Questions on additional offices?

If you are not sure about anything as well as taking about all kinds of partitioning including Demountable we love to talk about projects and sort out problems and issues with space, please give us a call on 01380 738844