Leicestershire fit out firm complete office contract

AFH Wealth Management appointed Ashby-de-la-Zouch-based workplace consultants Blueprint Interiors to complete the interior fit-out of its newly opened office in Bank House on Cherry Street in Birmingham.

AFH wanted a particular standard of fit-out that reflected the values, quality and integrity of the firm, and Blueprint Interiors was selected to help them achieve this. AFH was keen to move away from a traditional open-plan office, whilst also maximising capacity and space usage to encourage collaborative working.

Blueprint Interiors worked with AFH to plan, design and fit-out meet and greet areas, meeting rooms, and workspaces that made the best use of the available space, allowing users to choose from a palette of places to match the task at hand; whether it be focusing on a report, exchanging information with a colleague, or meeting a client.

The new offices had already been equipped with the base technical set up expected of a leased office but needed the company’s own personality to be reflected through the furnishings and décor.

The newly transformed areas have been designed to encourage and inspire thought leadership, provide a welcoming feel for staff and clients, and to convey AFH as a professional firm of wealth management advisers.

Commenting on the completed project, Stacey Costar, Head of Operations said: “At Bank House, we wanted a unique space for our advisers and support team to work, as well as an environment that enabled and encouraged team members from the Bromsgrove office to hot-desk and arrange meetings with clients in Birmingham.

“Blueprint Interiors listened carefully to our brief and have delivered on all counts. Prior to going ahead, we were provided floorplans, furniture specifications, a 3D walk-through, material boards and the opportunity to see design in action. We are very proud of our new offices. The space has been utilised well with everything fitting together and spaced out perfectly. Our offices now positively reflect our values and enhance the client and employee experience of our brand.”

Blueprint is celebrating its 18th anniversary this year and WorkLife Central, the Ashby-de-la-Zouch headquarters of the workplace consultants and interior fit-out specialist was transformed as clients and staff gathered on Thursday 11 July.

Over 75 people attended an afternoon BBQ during which each guest was presented with a commemorative biophilic planter as a momento of reaching this milestone anniversary.

Founded in 2001 by Chairman Rob Day, the business has grown to a turnover of £4m and now employs 15 designers, project managers and experienced support staff. The management team now comprises; Rob Day, Managing Director, Rachel Biddles, Creative Director, Chloe Sproston and Head of Business Development, Andrew Hobson.

The re-location and million-pound investment in WorkLife Central in 2017 to create a showroom in which customers can try out and view the latest cutting edge office design products and technology has been a major catalyst of recent success.

Commenting, Rob Day said: “2019 has been a momentous year for many reasons. Not only are we celebrating our 18th year in business, we have been shortlisted or won four business awards and have also achieved our objective of becoming renown for workplace consultancy and design across the Midlands region. I would like to thank all the clients and staff that have assisted us on this journey and hope they enjoyed being part of our celebrations.”