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Scotland’s leading workplace design firm has celebrated completing three back-to-back refurbishments.

Space Solutions has undertaken the impressive £200,000 project, which saw the firm refurbishing and relocating office space for one of Edinburgh’s leading providers of housing and social care services, a top IT consultancy business and a community counselling charity.

The project began with IT consultancy firm Analysys Mason being relocated from their premises in the city’s Canal Court area to a new bespoke office in Haymarket.

You can read the full story at the Holyrood Partnership PR in Scotland website.

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Space Solutions completes makeover for CMS Cameron McKenna

Legal staff in Edinburgh are benefitting from an innovative new office environment designed for one of the city’s top law and tax firms.

CMS Cameron McKenna is pleased with its bespoke office space, which has been created in its Castle Street premises by Edinburgh-based workspace designers Space Solutions.

The revamped office has been designed to take advantage of the building’s location in the heart of the Capital. Design experts from Space Solutions have created new reception, conference and meeting suites that will allow staff and visitors to enjoy stunning views of Edinburgh Castle.

The full story can be read on the Holyrood Partnership PR in Scotland website.

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Thorpe Molloy new headquarters in Aberdeen

Thorpe Molloy new headquarters in Aberdeen

The former home of a childbirth and family planning pioneer has been transformed into a new base for Thorpe Molloy Recruitment.

The company, which is Scottish Small/Medium Recruitment Agency of The Year, thoughtfully renovated its new Aberdeen HQ, which was once home to women’s health and obstetrics legend Sir Dugald Baird and his wife Lady May Baird.

The project was handled – from conception to delivery – by Aberdeen-based Space Solutions, the country’s leading specialist in workplace planning and delivering modern, productive offices.

Derek Tough, the Space Solutions project manager for the contract, said: “This is a new chapter in the building’s history. We are delighted to have ensured a smooth and painless delivery for the staff at Thorpe Molloy.”

The rest of this press release and other background, pictures and video on Space Solutions can be viewed at the website of  leading Scottish public relations agency  Holyrood Partnership

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Space Solutions, Scotland’s leading workplace design experts, is launching an innovative new service to help businesses to succeed during the credit crunch.

The company has identified that many firms being forced to manage overheads and reshape operations because of the economic slowdown may not be realising the full potential one of their greatest assets – their property.

Space Solutions has now pioneered its Property Intelligence service to help companies ensure their offices or premises are working as efficiently as possible.

The specialist service has already helped a number of firms to save money or drive forward expansion where previously they faced difficulties because of rising fixed costs or a failure to find finance or commercial loans.

Space Solutions is Scotland’s biggest independent expert in helping businesses manage changes within the workplace. It operates UK-wide to design, build, fit out, refurbish and relocate modern and productive business environments.

Gary McGurk, Commercial Manager, said it was convinced of the need to launch Property Intelligence after securing an increasing number of business wins from clients experiencing problems because of the tough financial climate.

Gary said: “We had companies approach us who either needed to review their costs or find ways of utilising their premises better, but who believed they had limited options to come up with a solution that didn’t have a negative impact on their business.

“We were able to step in to provide vital intelligence to allow these firms to understand how ‘to sweat their assets’ which allowed them to significantly adjust their operations.”
 
In one case, Space Solutions worked with a major company to identify so much   under-utilised space that it was able to free up an entire floor of the building. As a result, the firm has now sublet 1500 sq ft – nearly 25% of the current occupied space – and has been able to focus more money and attention on long-term growth because it freed up so much additional capital.

Under Property Intelligence, Space Solutions’ team will undertake a comprehensive review of the clients’ property requirements to provide advice on how efficiently, or otherwise, they are occupying their space. 

By undertaking an audit, and reviewing this against the firm’s specific needs, the team can identify areas where the property can be utilised more efficiently. If a firm is planning a relocation, the report will determine how much space they require. If they are planning to remain in their current space, the report will provide recommendations on how the premises can be occupied more efficiently.

Gary added: “The business world is changing and companies need to adapt in order to survive or continue planned growth.

“We believe Property Intelligence can make a major contribution to every business in the UK who is grappling with concerns over their premises.

“That is the very essence of the skill of Space Solutions.  By meticulously applying the science of space planning and workplace analysis, we have proved that businesses can make significant savings or create vital additional space for an expansion they thought was impossible because of the credit crunch.”

Space Solutions can handle each stage of the process in-house through its architectural, design, project management and operation teams based in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow. It also has operational bases in Peterborough and Livingston with a total staff profile of 130.
 
Latest annual figures (for year end to 30 June) for Space Solutions, which completed a management buy-out in July 2007, saw it achieve record turnover of £12.8 million.

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Space Solutions, Scotland’s leading workplace design experts, is predicting another year of impressive growth fuelled by its specialist service in helping businesses to succeed during the credit crunch.

Space Solutions Directors

Space Solutions Directors

Latest annual figures (for year end to 30 June) for Space Solutions, which completed a management buy-out in July 2007, saw it achieve record turnover of £12.8 million.

But the company, which has its head office in Aberdeen with bases in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and Peterborough, is forecasting sales to surge to £15.5 million for 2008-09 – a 22% increase – as it benefits from a soaring order book.

Space Solutions is Scotland’s biggest independent expert in helping businesses manage changes within the workplace. It operates UK-wide to design, build, fit out, refurbish and relocate modern and productive business environments.

But it is the firm’s meticulous approach to the science of space planning and workplace analysis, which is supporting an ever-growing number of businesses who face difficulties because of rising overheads or a failure to find finance for expansion, that is helping drive up expansion.

Managing Director Steve Judge said the future for Space Solutions is looking extremely bright.

He said: “We are delighted that turnover for the last financial year was ahead of expectations.  It was the first full year after our MBO so it’s a sign of our commitment to consistently exceed client expectations that we were able to exceed our sales targets.

“But it’s over the next year, that we expect to see very exciting times for Space Solutions.

“We are budgeting for a £15.5m turnover – up more than 20% – for our next year-end, which in the current difficult times is a sure sign of the continued confidence so many businesses are putting in us.

“In fact September represented our best month ever, recording a £1m+ increase in turnover than September 2007.”

Steve said a significant share of its recent success has been with businesses wanting to make more efficient use of their business space during the economic downturn – it recorded an estimated 22% increase in contracts across the Central Belt as firms of all sizes make changes to their premises to better cope with volatile market conditions.

Steve added: “There’s a real air of gloom around the property market, so it may be surprising to hear that, as a business whose entire currency is property, we are actually doing very well at the moment.

“Companies being forced to manage overheads and dramatically reshape operations to face up to the current economic climate may not be realising the full potential of one of their greatest assets – their property.

“We offer to undertake a comprehensive review of a clients’ property requirements and to provide advice on how to more efficiently occupy their space.  

“With proper workplace analysis and space planning, businesses are finding they can make significant savings or create vital additional space for an expansion they thought was impossible because of difficulties securing bank finance.”

In one case, Space Solutions worked with a major company to identify so much wastage in unnecessary storage, it was able to free up an entire floor of the building.

As a result, the firm has now sublet 1500 sq ft and has been able to focus more money and attention on long-term growth because it freed up so much additional capital.

Although founded in 1997, Space Solutions’ senior management team – lead by Steve Judge – completed a MBO In July 2007.

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Scotland’s leading workplace design experts Space Solutions has been awarded the architecture and project management contracts for a £4.5 million project for Champion Technologies.

The company relocated its Eastern Hemisphere staff to a purpose-built office in Altens Industrial Estate three years ago. It will now construct a 1400 sq m laboratory and technology facility on the adjacent site. This will allow the company to have its regional office, plant operations base and technology centre on the same site.

Champion Technologies

Champion Technologies

 

Champion Technologies is the biggest privately owned oilfield chemical company in the world and offers innovative and environmentally acceptable solutions to the oil and gas sector. The new technology centre will enhance Champion’s research and development, chemical and product analysis services to the oil and gas industry.

Mark Dellaquaglia, Senior Associate at Space Solutions, Scotland’s biggest independent expert in managing change within the workplace, said: “Champion Technologies is making a major investment in developing its Aberdeen base and it is great that Space Solutions is so heavily involved in that development.

“This is an exciting project, to apply our knowledge in architecture and space planning to a bespoke laboratory and to also target a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating, the highest environmental award possible.

“But we have relished the challenge and created a unique building design that will provide a fabulous workplace for the employees.”

There are five chemical generic processes and applications that will be housed within the building, with high pressure, high temperature operations located in distinctly isolated areas. The building will be an industry-leading technology centre for research and development.

Harry Montgomerie, Eastern Hemisphere Division Business Unit Manager at Champion Technologies, said: “We were very impressed by Space Solutions innovative ideas and experience in commercial property planning.

“We are making a significant investment in order that our Aberdeen facilities become some of the best in the world.  This is another Champion Technologies investment in our people and our business partners.”

Space Solutions will lead an experienced design team comprising Cameron Chisholm Dawson Partnership, Murray Montgomery Partnership and WA Fairhurst and Partners.

The project, which has been in the planning stages for around a year, will go on site during November and will take a year to complete.

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Furniture repair and restoration experts Gatts is moving to new premises as it expands its services.

The Aberdeen company, which was established 25 years ago, specialises in French polishing, upholstery, furniture repair and restoration. It is now set to launch Gatts Contracts, in addition to its ‘Traditional Crafts’ services, offering painting, decorating, joinery and handyman services.

Gatts, the only provider of a full furniture restoration solution in the North-east, is moving from its current Balmoral Terrace premises where it has been for 14 years to a new custom-fitted workshop and office facility at Hareness Circle, Altens Industrial Estate.

The company, which currently has five staff, aims to increase its staff portfolio to 15 in the coming months for business generated by the launch of the new services and the move to bigger, better-equipped premises.

General Manager, Doug Tough, said: “We provide a traditional service, using the very best techniques developed over time, and there is a huge demand for that. However we were well aware that there was scope to diversify and we are entering a very exciting time of further growth and development.

“Our experience and fine eye to detail have led to us building a reputation as ‘Master Craftsmen’ over the past 25 years. We wanted to be able to provide a fuller, all-round, service to our clients and the new division allows us to do this by complimenting the existing services.

“Our continued growth led to the need for investment in bigger premises with better facilities for our craftsmen. This includes a state of the art spray booth which can produce modern furniture finishes.”

Gatts aims to be fully operational from its new premises by early November.

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Issued on behalf of Gatts by Holyrood Partnership. Contact Suzanne Mackie on (0131) 561 2244 or info@holyroodpr.co.uk

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A Paisley centre is set to be transformed to a state-of-the-art community hub with the help of Scotland’s leading workplace design experts Space Solutions.

The Tannahill Centre, in the town’s Ferguslie area, is undergoing a £2m refurbishment, subject to Lottery funding approval, to reinvigorate the centre for the community.

Space Solutions has been appointed as architectural design and lead consultants on the project, which should hopefully go on site in March 2009 and take around nine months to complete.

Robert Craig, Chief Executive of Ferguslie Park Housing Association that operates Tannahill Centre, said: “We wanted to reinvigorate the centre for the community, to give them somewhere that was a real hub of activity.

“At the moment the place looks like it could do with a revamp and the services on offer are not being utilised to their full potential. We are confident that by using the space we have more efficiently we will be able to attract more of the community to use the space more often.”

The Tannahill Centre is meeting with the Lottery Funding Board in January, with the vision provided by Space Solutions.

Space Solutions, with five UK offices, and a turnover of £12m, has designed plans to install a fitness suite in the centre with gym equipment and space for fitness classes.

The current café at the centre provides basic food and drink but management are keen to make it a healthy eating café where people will feel comfortable dropping in with friends for a drink, or to come for a proper meal.

Andy Geddes, Senior Designer on the project, said: “This is a very exciting project to be involved in as it really involves changing something that is so important to the surrounding community.

“The Tannahill Centre is already in a very nice building and the staff there are great and do the very best with what they have. But we are working hard to give them something that more effectively utilises their space and can help the centre realise its full potential.

“By creating a more open plan, accessible and bright environment we are aiming to humanise the space.”

Space Solutions, which meticulously applies the science of space planning and workplace analysis to achieve most productive use of property, went through an exhaustive tender process for the project.

Robert added: “We were very impressed with some of Space Solutions’ previous work. It has the knowledge and expertise to make the very best of what space is available. We are looking forward to watching its plans develop.”

It is also developing the small business incubator units in the centre, installing lifts for wheelchair access and moving the centre’s management so that they are within the hub of the centre’s activities.

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Workplace experts say their business is booming as Aberdeen faces up to a space shortage.

Record oil prices are keeping the local economy buoyant, with many Granite City businesses escaping the worst of the credit crunch.

But with commercial property at a premium in the city, experts expect more businesses will need to creatively renovate existing premises to cope with growth.

Since it was founded in Aberdeen in 1997, Space Solutions has become Scotland’s leading independent specialist in the design, build, fit-out, refurbishment and relocation of modern and productive business environments.

Steve Judge, Managing Director

Steve Judge, Managing Director

 

Managing Director Steve Judge believes it is inevitable more companies will be looking to redesign existing bases over the coming months.

He added: “There is limited good quality commercial property in Aberdeen, which is ironic because the city is one of the few places that is escaping the worst of the credit crunch and there is still a high demand.

“With oil prices at a record high the reality is that the economy here is healthy and businesses are thriving. Frankly, there isn’t enough commercial property to accommodate the kind of growth we are seeing. Because of the demand, what property is available is expensive.

“Aberdeen is not immune to the world economy, albeit the oil sector is shielding us somewhat. Developers are less likely to build commercial property speculatively which is fueling demand.

“We believe businesses should start to look more carefully at what can be achieved in their existing premises. The good news is that we can usually help them make dramatic improvements to solve challenges with provision and use of space.”

During the last major economic slowdown of the 1990s, when oil prices hit rock bottom, Space Solutions witnessed a surge in demand for its services with companies looking to reduce property overheads. During that 18 month period companies enlisted Space Solutions for moving premises and rationalising space.

Steve added: “We provide services that allow companies to cope with change from an accommodation perspective. Companies are likely to look at this when upsizing, downsizing or merging – the market conditions clearly have a bearing on this.

“The oil sector in Aberdeen has always involved large numbers of itinerant contractors, so we have worked with many businesses which need to contract or expand their workplaces quickly and efficiently.

“That means we have unrivalled expertise in this type of work and we expect that to be crucial in the coming months. We are very much looking forward to helping businesses adapt to meet the challenges of the current market and doing our bit to ensure Aberdeen’s economy continues to thrive.”

Companies are often amazed by just how much they are under-utilising their space. Properly planned workplaces can accommodate more people, increase efficiency and productivity, streamline storage.

The Space Solutions team boasts expertise in architecture, space planning and design, construction, project management and commercial relocations. These are available as individual services or as start-to-finish solution.

The company, that has five bases in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Peterborough, has noticed a marked difference between the needs of the North-east and Central Belt markets.

It recently launched a Sustainability Service, advising businesses how to reduce their carbon footprint while also reducing energy costs. Businesses which are altering their premises can take advantage of many fuel, waste and water efficiencies.

Space Solutions had a turnover of £12 million last year and employs 130 people.

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Workplace experts have revealed how the credit crunch is forcing thousands of Scottish businesses to consider how they can make more efficient use of their business space.

Space Solutions is Scotland’s biggest independent expert in managing workplace change and its fortunes have shown a dramatic upswing in the first half of 2008.

Derek Binnie, Director

Derek Binnie, Director

Director Derek Binnie says the firm has seen an estimated 22% increase from the same period last year in contracts across the Central Belt as businesses of all sizes make changes to their premises to better cope with volatile market conditions.

He said: “The credit crunch has created a general air of gloom around the property market, so people are often surprised to hear that, as a business whose entire currency is property, we are actually doing very well at the moment.
 “The reasons for that are pretty simple. For most companies, property is the second biggest cost on their balance sheet. When the market is tough they take a far more detailed look at how their premises are performing. That is where we come in.”

With 130 staff and five main offices, Space Solutions operates UK-wide design, build, fit out and refurbish modern and productive business environments. Its team provides expertise in architecture, space planning, interior design, construction, project management and relocations.

Derek added: “Forward-thinking businesses realise there is some pretty serious science involved in proper space planning – it is not just a case of knocking down walls and shifting desks around.

“Having a responsive, well-planned workplace is a key factor in everything from efficient use of resources, motivating staff and creating the right impression with customers.

“Factors involved include having the right amount of storage space to ensuring all the communications system work efficiently. With proper workplace analysis and space planning business can make significant savings.”

Space Solutions handles any part of the process from auditing and assessing existing space and future needs, through the technical aspects of drawing up plans and securing consents, to the practical delivery, including fit out and logistics. It offers services individually or from start-to-finish.

Derek said the firm had recently worked with a major company helping it to consolidate its business HQ. Space Solutions experts identified so much wasteage in unnecessary storage, it was able to free up an entire floor of the building.

He added: “As a result it has now sublet 1500 sq ft and can focus more money and attention on long-term growth because it has more capital to play with. It not only makes sense financially, but allows far better and more responsive business planning.”

Space Solutions regularly advises businesses of all sizes – from those with single bases, to those with multiple offices looking to slim down. It can set up efficient remote working and hot desking – helping firms which have previously baulked at reducing desk numbers.

Increasingly, concern over global warming has forced businesses to look at their carbon footprint, and many choose to take action while reshaping offices or other premises.

Derek added: “We recently launched a full Sustainability Service to help businesses become more energy efficient and environmentally friendly. What most of them find amazing is the amount of savings they can actually make in the process.”

As one of four directors who masterminded a successful MBO of Space Solutions in 2007, Derek is delighted the £12m-a-year business is in a healthy position, despite the credit crunch.

He added: “It’s not just that we are doing well, it is also very rewarding to see that we can really make a difference that will help our clients weather the economic slowdown. 

“Yes, there is an outlay, because businesses have to spend to make a saving. But the returns from a successful streamlining of the workplaces can be vast and long-term for most businesses. 

“There is no doubt the careful and expert planning and management services we offer will be increasingly in demand in 2008 and 2009. Particularly in the Central Belt, where the credit crush is having more of an impact than the oil-rich area around Aberdeen.”

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