This FAQ is designed to be helpful in answering some questions you may have about the services we offer at Aspect. We would also be happy to speak with you and explain our services or offer a free no obligation consultation.
However, if you have a question or enquiry not listed below please call our offices and one of the members of our team will take your enquiry.
Typical question and answers
How much will it cost?
How long will the work will take?
When can you start?
Can we just change the ceiling tiles?
Do you also do …?
Is the glass used in partitioning safety glass?
Can we match the existing partitions?
How good will the partitioning sound proofing be?
How noisy will the work be?
What are Building Regulations and do we handle it?
Do mezzanine floors require Building Regulations?
Do you install the furniture?
Q. How much will it cost?
A. This is probably the most asked question and one of the most difficult to answer, as it’s usually asked during the initial visit when measurements and details are still being taken. The answer is of course “I don’t know yet, do you have a budget in mind?” The risk now of course is that if a budget is given, we’ll charge that much. Whilst we’re not able to guarantee this for everyone, we’re in an industry far removed from buying a second hand used car. We won’t charge that much if in fact it can be provided for less but on the other hand, there’s little point in creating a design scheme that costs two or three times what you had planned to spend. A budget helps everyone, but if you really don’t have one then all we ask is for a little time to gather all the information and give you at the very least an accurate guide.
Q. How long will the work take?
A. Probably the second most asked question in the initial visit. Thankfully, a reasonable guide to the length of time required for most projects can be provided before we leave.
Q. When can you start?
A. Typically, smaller projects can begin in 2 – 3 weeks, sometimes sooner, but more complex projects may require a greater lead time. A mezzanine floor for example may take 4 – 6 weeks for the plans, calculations and installation. Then of course there’s Building Regulations to consider. Work can commence prior to approval once a notice has been given and accepted, typically 5 days.
Q. Can we just change the ceiling tiles?
A. Yes, for virtually all ceilings. If the ceiling grid is relatively new and clean, new ceiling tiles can be installed throughout or within confined areas, without being obvious. On the other hand, a ‘tired’ grid that’s a little damaged, dirty or discoloured can often look worse by installing just new tiles, shown against their clean white surface.
Q. Do you also do …?
A. The answer’s probably yes. Aspect Interior Concept Ltd covers virtually all aspects of commercial interior fit outs (see Products and Services). If it’s something we don’t do, we’ll let you know.
Q. Is the glass used in partitioning safety glass?
A. All the glass used within our glazed partitioning systems complies with regulations for safety glass and is either 6.4mm laminate or toughened glass, typically 10 – 12mm. We’re also able to supply fire rated glass where required, both Georgian wire and clear.
Q. Can we match the existing partitions?
A. It may be possible to provide the same system or at least supply one that will very closely match the existing partitioning within a building. The metal components can be powder coated to match and if walls are decorated with a wall covering, a match will depend on whether the same product is still available. We can always recommend an alternative system, one which may provide additional benefits or savings.
Q. How good will the partitioning sound proofing be?
A. This depends on the system used and if sound is of real importance, the partition wall should be considered as only part of the solution. If the construction suggests to us that sound may be an issue, we’ll discuss this in more detail and advise accordingly. For most instances however, standard partitioning performs quite adequately.
Q. How noisy will the work be?
A. Noise levels during the majority of partitioning work are relatively low in most cases and if an area can be set aside away from the work area for the machine cutting of the aluminium profiles, can often proceed with little disruption. If on a concrete floor, there’ll be some drilling but not continuously. As with partitioning, the noise level in suspended ceiling installations is also relatively low and there’s no need for machine cutting. Dependent on the fixings used above, once again there may be drilling though. Electrical and IT cabling is a little more awkward to answer, as much depends on the nature of the work and the location. It’s fair to say though that the running of cables is reasonable quiet, except perhaps the occasional drilling if necessary for routes. Other items that may require drilling is the fixing of associated equipment, such as distribution boards, sockets, wall-mounted data cabinets, etc. The laying of new flooring is also relatively quiet, but lifting the old may not be. In the past we have encountered some unbelievable installations, such as a carpet stuck onto the previous carpet, which in turn was stuck to badly fitted tongue and grooved boards all of which had to be removed, the concrete below prepared for fitting new vinyl.
Q. What are Building Regulations and do we handle it?
A. Building Regulations are quite simply an approval from an authority to state that an installation of a given plan or layout is deemed safe and practical for those work there. This covers a vast range of issues, such as the glass used for the partitioning, the design of the workplace in connection with exiting the area in an emergency or the provision of wash rooms for the amount of personnel In commercial premises, alterations to the layout virtually always require approval, either from the local authority or an approved inspector and the fire service. Charges are based on the nature of the work and size of the project. Aspect Interior Concept Ltd can provide the Building Regulations service.
Q. Do mezzanine floors require Building Regulations?
A. Yes. Whether used for storage or as an extension of any workspace, they require approval to ensure it’s structurally sound and is safe for those who work on it. The location and use within the building may also include approval required for many of the reasons in the previous question. As part of our mezzanine floor service, Aspect Interior Concept Ltd can provide this approval service.
Aspect Interior Concept Ltd provides commercial refurbishment which covers more than just office fitting and office refurbishment. A building refurbishment may include an office fit-out with office partitioning in solid or glazed partition walls, the glass partitioning enhanced by manifestation using a glazing film. In the design of an office alteration, it can form part of the decoration within office interiors. Our partitioning service covers all aspects of partitioning, including folding partitions and moveable walls. Using CAD and our project management helps ensure our associated services such as air conditioning, ventilation, electrical installations, suspended ceilings, lighting and flooring all comply with Building Regulations.
Commercial interiors can involve mezzanine floors, raised access floors and network cabling. Suspended beneath a mezzanine, ceilings fitted with the correct ceiling tiles can offer fire protection. Access flooring and computer floors may assist electrical and Cat5 cabling, which in turn can assist space planning for desks and office furniture. Each project could be considered bespoke, from choosing Cat2 or LG7 compliant light fittings, to installing generators and HVAC, from the choice of joinery to the decorating, Aspect Interior Concept Ltd covers it all.
Areas we cover include: Swindon, Marlborough, Chippenham, Trowbridge, Malmesbury, Cirencester, Cheltenham, Witney, Abingdon, Oxford, Wantage, Newbury, Devizes, Reading, Basingstoke, Andover, Salisbury, Winchester, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Hampshire