Tim Holmes, the director of Endurance Estates, has a background in chartered surveying and was able to come up with some ideas on how the space could be used more efficiently, and Optrys helped develop those ideas into practical solutions.
The building itself was once a printing press and a residential property where the manager lived, so the building is not a standard build, which meant it would be quite a challenge to apply the ideas that the team had.
Previously the boardroom was upstairs, which was inconvenient for visitors, and downstairs was a large kitchen that wasn’t being utilised. Endurance, needed the board room to be moved downstairs and wanted the kitchen to be made smaller and modernised.
Once Optrys met with the team, we were able to offer opinions about his vision on how to transform the space, which is the direction that Endurance ultimately decided to progress.
A new entry access system was installed, a wall removed to create a more inviting and welcoming area. Throughout the building, the décor looked tired and outdated, so the team installed new flooring and redecorated the entirety of the building to create a more modern, welcoming experience.
The large kitchen was condensed into a smaller, contemporary kitchenette, so when visitors come for meetings, they can sit comfortably before entering the new board room.
As well as all the cosmetic changes that have been made a more efficient lighting scheme has been installed as well as air conditioning to the offices.
All of the support staff have now been moved upstairs, and refurbished, which means that visitors no longer need to go upstairs for anything, and the benefit of the team all seated together.
While the refit was taking place Endurance Estates were also undertaking an extensive rebranding project, which meant new logos and colour schemes, which were utilised as part of the new décor.
Tim Holmes’ family have close connections with the plighted Shackleton expedition at the turn of the century on the Endurance ship, therefore the whole interior decoration scheme followed a sympathetic nod to the resilience of the Endurance crew and their expedition in Antarctic – this was reflected in vinyl wallcoverings of icebergs and the design of the boardroom in terms of décor and lighting .
Overall, from start to finish the process for Endurance Estates took place over two years, but once Optrys were hired the entire overhaul took only six months.