Leeds Set to Become Digital Capital
Leeds Set to Become Digital Capital
Stylish Interior Solution for Comms Experts as they Move in to City’s Tech Hub
The digital sector in Leeds is growing fast, with one industry expert recently claiming that Leeds could reposition itself as one of the main digital capitals of Europe. It is reported that 25,400 people are employed across the Digital, Information and Creative sector in Leeds in roles like digital marketer, website promoter and SEO strategist.
With current and upcoming developments in Leeds such as the South Bank – which has plans to double the size of Leeds City Centre – it is envisaged that this is only going to keep growing with 5% more jobs in the sector predicted by 2024.
Holbeck Urban Village has built up a reputation for becoming a destination in the city for digital industries. It has benefited from over £250m investment since 1999 and is now home to over 150 businesses. One of the businesses within the Holbeck Urban Village is We Are Boutique, a communications agency who specialise in Media, Digital and PR. We Are Boutique recently enlisted the help of office fit out and refurbishment company Ultimate.
After We are Boutique moved into a new two-storey office in the city, Ultimate were asked to design, fit out and supply furniture for the agency, whose clients include E-buyer.com, Costcutter, Superbreak and Safe.co.uk.
Leeds Set to Become Digital Capital: “Excellent spaces for relaxed meetings”
With a project duration of four weeks, Ultimate set out to create an office space with a unique cinema/boutique hotel-themed design. With film-set-style lamps and a cinema-style lightbox, Ultimate certainly provided a space which met the design brief.
Steve Smythson from We Are Boutique was certainly pleased with the final result: “We are chuffed to bits with our interior solution that Ultimate provided. From the first moment that we saw Ultimate’s visual for our office it was immediately apparent that they totally understood our brief. We knew we had chosen the right company to partner with and turned our vision, through skillful design, construction and procurement, into reality.”
Part of Ultimate’s task was to create a working environment which would be both practical and welcoming for their employees and visiting clients. It was important that the office space reflected the business and it is the result of careful design and planning that this was possible. The positioning of lighting, exposed brickwork, the inclusion of sofas, chairs and coffee tables and the grey, black and purple colours in the decoration and furniture upholstery gave the office space a smart appearance which is friendly, cosy and offers excellent spaces for relaxed meetings and team discussions. The design also incorporated a more formal meeting setting with a modern boardroom which is a great area for We Are Boutique to hold client meetings.
Leeds Set to Become Digital Capital: “Keeping up to date with the latest trends”
Ultimate’s work didn’t just stop with visual appearance. Beyond the stylish furniture, Ultimate’s work included the installation of solid partitions, feature MF ceilings, glazed partitions with glass door and manifestation, wall panelling, electrical reconfiguration, installation of feature lighting and interior and exterior signage.
When it comes to commercial offices and methods of office working, Ultimate pride themselves on keeping up to date with the latest trends. Their experience has included working with Quaker Oats, Skipton Building Society, Mott MacDonald Bentley and The University of Hull.
With its Head Office based in Yorkshire and a skilled team which includes designers, furniture installers, electricians and joiners, Ultimate’s services include consultancy, planning and design, refurbishment and fit out, audio and visual, office moves and the supply of furniture.