Interior Quality, a Johannesburg-based interior design and space planning company, recently helped Barker Insurance Brokers move from their current office to their new corporate office at the Oxford & Glenhove Office Development situated at 114 Oxford Road, Houghton Estate in Johannesburg. The company specialises in creating functional spaces with a definite flair for individualised design creativity. They assess, survey, design, cost and manage full installations, allowing clients to focus on their own key business.

One of the important elements of the brief that Interior Quality received was to make sure that the staff experienced a “home away from home” at their new office space.

“For 20 years, the insurance brokerage had been working from a house that had been converted into an office. At the beginning they were a bit nervous about the move, so the company, which is very staff-oriented, wanted to ensure that the layout, design and interior elements would make their employees feel comfortable,” says Belinda Hughes from Interior Quality.

The development is an exciting, modern building with an angular face and glass façade. Interior Quality set out to make sure that the new office was homey, calm and inviting. The flooring products that they specified included carpets from Belgotex Floors.

“The office is approximately 800 square metres, with 55% of the surface being carpeting. We selected carpet planks from Belgotex’s Forces range in Natural Bark, colour Sapwood for a number of reasons. Not only does the NexBac backing of the carpet meet the acoustic goals that we set out to achieve, the look and feel also fit seamlessly with the natural, bush lodge interior aesthetics that we were going for. We wanted to bring the outdoors, indoors, and the carpet in this specific colour created the perfect look and feel,” says Adam Kotze, from Interior Quality.

The carpeting was specified in planks instead of tiles, as this matched the linear layout of the office space. The carpeting was installed in the open plan section of the office, while ceramic tiles and timber flooring products were installed in the boardrooms and other closed-off areas.

The result is a space that staff members are excited about. The feedback that Interior Quality has received has been overwhelmingly positive, with employees saying that they are inspired at work and that they enjoy coming to the new offices every day.

Belinda says their company has been specifying Belgotex products for many years.

“The staff at Belgotex are always very helpful. They are willing to bring samples at the drop of a hat and are always ready to offer solutions to any project-related issue that we may face. The affordability of the products, the fact that new and exciting ranges are continuously being added to their already expansive product range, and the after sales service we receive from the company means that we will continue to work with Belgotex for many years to come,” concludes Belinda.

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