Many businesses throughout the UK have remained in their commercial premises for decades, carrying out minimal maintenance and decoration over time. When a business has been settled somewhere for a long period, updating their premises is a major commitment and can be a daunting prospect – not just financially, but also in terms of logistics and time.
For Premier Decorations, an office refurbishment was long overdue. The company, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year was incorporated in 1988 and has since operated from the its large commercial property in Ruislip, West London.
During this time the décor had become tired and dated. It was clearly in much need of a new layout, full decoration, lighting, flooring and more to give the property a new lease of life in its 30th year. Consequently, the company called upon JBH Refurbishments to fulfill their office refurbishment in London.
About Premier Decorations
Premier Decorations is an award-winning importer and distributor of seasonal decorations for retailers throughout the UK and Ireland and employs over 84 permanent staff members. Their West London premises is home to their purchasing, merchandising, marketing, packaging, sales, accounts, quality control and customer service departments.
For such a successful organisation with a large workforce, the Ruislip premises was not portraying the best first impression to clients and visitors. It needed a complete office refurbishment, one that would reflect the company’s professionalism and quality services.
As part of its 30th anniversary celebrations, Premier Decorations decided it was time to improve its working environment for the staff and provide a welcoming space for clients and visitors.
Where it all Began
Premier Decorations contacted a number of office refurbishment companies in London to quote on the project. After a review JBH Refurbishments proved the most competitive and reputable. Consequently, we were promptly awarded the project and work began.
Initially, we had to agree on a layout, styling, colour code and materials. Based on the scale of the project and the fact it was taking place in a live working environment, it was agreed early on that the London office refurbishment would take place in phases. This would allow the business to operate in one area, while work was underway in another.
We started with the ground floor level which incorporated a:
- Large open plan office with smaller partitioned offices around the edge
- Office Kitchen
Here, we stripped out the entire area of flooring ceilings, partitions and kitchen. In the reception most of the fixtures were retained and prepped to enhanced at a later stage with new finishes.
The second phase incorporated the stairwell to the first floor, further offices and a large boardroom with a tea point.
The Office Refurbishment London
Once the strip out had taken place, work could begin!
In the main open plan ground floor office space and the first floor offices, the walls were repaired and new partially glazed office partitions were installed where necessary. The bulk of the office partitioning installation took place on the ground floor, where we reduced and increased the size of the various offices around the open plan area.
The original suspended ceiling was marked with water damage and was beyond repair. Therefore, we installed a new white suspended ceiling with integrated LED light panels.
The office air conditioning was also upgraded with a far more efficient Mitsubishi Electric VRF system and a range of ceiling cassettes and wall mounted units to provide both cooling and heating solutions.
The walls were painted a pale purple and white, while the flooring was finished with a neutral grey floor tile.
Wall-mounted trunking was fitted to house data and electrical cabling throughout the office area. Sockets were also fitted to the central pillars of the ground floor open plan office to accommodate a central desk clusters.
The Premier Decorations Reception was dated, but the desk and flooring were still in good condition, so we simply updated the desk with a new front fascia in a complimentary grey vinyl.
The walls were decorated, and we fitted a new feature wall with LED lighting, complete with a recess for a television. Above the reception desk we extended the ceiling with more recessed LED lighting to bring this area fully up to date.
We also added a door and extended the wall behind the reception desk to create a tidy storage area. Finally, we fitted a glass partition by the entrance door.
As part of this major London office refurbishment, the once nondescript stairwell with its metal balustrades was transformed into a bright and contemporary space. The combination of the brushed steel handrails with the glazed balustrade allows natural light to flood the area and give the impression of space.
Look up and you will see a beautifully crafted suspended floating ceiling with a recess and LED lighting that frames a modern chandelier-style pendent.
Along with several of the office spaces at Premier Decorations, the stairwell window features frosted manifestation that replicates the famous London skyline.
Office Kitchen and Tea Point
JBH fitted two kitchens in this West London office refurbishment – the main kitchen and a tea point in first floor meeting room.
The main kitchen refurbishment took place in the first phase along with the open plan office. All the fixtures and fittings were stripped out to make way for brand new high-sheen cabinets, worktop, sink and appliances. The walls were plastered where necessary and acrylic splash backs were fitted to replace the dated tiles.
A clear window was installed between the kitchen and open plan office to replace the original textured glass.
The suspended ceiling and LED light panels seamlessly followed through from the office into the kitchen. And, to complete the look, the floor was replaced with a hygienic cap and cove high quality grey vinyl floor.
Upstairs in the meeting room we fitted white units and a contrasting black worktop to create a stylish new tee point, which will prove essential when entertaining guests. In true Premier Decorations style, the team opted for a bespoke splashback, featuring celebratory popping champagne bottles.
The upstairs meeting room required a full reconfiguration of the layout. We removed dividing walls to create an open plan meeting space. The ceiling was replaced with a suspended ceiling and a purple surround with spot lights to provide depth to the room.
The tea point is a key design feature within the room, along with the frosted window manifestation of the London skyline that also features in the stairwell.
To complete the major facelift of this Ruislip office, JBH Refurbishments painted the exterior of Premier Decorations to ensure the interior look was not compromised.
What The Client Said
Since the office refurbishment London, the Premier Decorations team have enjoyed their new office interior at a time when they mark their 30th anniversary.
Projects Manager, Ron Athwall said, “The result is an office environment that is now up-to-date and a pleasure to work in. We have received very favourable comments from members of staff and the colour scheme works very well.
“I enjoyed our working relationship and the “can-do” attitude from Harry and members of the team.
“I would have no hesitation in reccommending JBH to prospective clients.”
Congratulations Premier Decorations on 30 years in business!
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