Our renovations mini-series: keeping it local

Our renovations mini-series: keeping it local

In December of last year, renovations began in Capital’s head office in 101 McDonald Road, Edinburgh.

In our previous blog, we spoke of the secrets behind our refurbishment. Now we take the time to see how we have been keeping our renovations local, and staying Scottish.

Capital's renovations 2017-2018

Work begins in the showroom

The investment is seeing an update to the lighting, walls, carpets and furniture, with a general focus on the environment and safety, on reusing and recycling. Many local traders are being used, selected in part due to their own health and safety standards.

Work done so far

New lighting in the Edinburgh showroom

Our showroom’s Ansell lights were provided by Scottish firm, SM Electrical Supplies. All the lighting fixtures were replaced with LED bulbs by CableCom. Capital have used CableCom in the past, and they therefore know the buildings, and have ISO 14001 and 18001 accreditations.

Our showroom now features a border of royal purple to suit our well-known branding colours.

Carpets in the head office’s back building, and ground floor of the front building have so far been replaced, and were fitted by Forth Furnishing in Edinburgh, and supplied by Forbo.

We went with a plush patterned purple, which gave the buildings a massive boost. A paler purple colour went on the walls, with the skill of Edinburgh decorator, WL Forrest.

Renovations in the workshop

Carpets in our workshop

The furniture was supplied by Senator Group, who are one of our Inverness office Highland Office Equipment‘s main suppliers of the office furniture they sell. Senator are Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified, and therefore use sustainable sourcing.

The recycling centre

As Capital is serious about reusing and recycling, our back building will also become a new recycling centre, with components being reused so 80 sq m can become 250 sq m.

This means that we will have three times the amount of space to to work on devices and store recovered components ready for use in the field.

To ensure that the devices remain in optimum condition whilst in storage and to minimise building heat loss, we are looking to re-clad the stores sheds in insulated composite panels by leading manufacturer Kingspan.

As with everything, project safety is of the utmost importance and we are working with experienced architects, contractors and City of Edinburgh Building Control to ensure that the design ensures best available technique and offers the very best environmental conditions to store devices for recycling.

The process of reusing things makes a great contribution over all of Capital’s resources.

For more information on Capital’s reuse and recycling policy, have a read of our recent blog about our environmental commitment.

You can also see our renovations underway in the video:


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