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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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Press and Journal and Business 7

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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