At Amspec, great design is at the heart of everything we do. From refurbishing dilapidated buildings to designing and constructing brand new ones from scratch, our onsite design team are never short of projects to help them show off what they do best – develop innovative, functional designs that our clients love.
We caught up with one of our designers Abbie, in her own words ‘the younger half of the design team’ to find out more about her and her role within the company:
Tell us a bit about your background, did you always want to work in the building and design industry?
I completed my Foundation Diploma in Art & Design in my home town of Shrewsbury – I always knew I wanted a job in design but actually had a slight meltdown during my foundation after a panic about not getting a job and applied (and was accepted!) on a course for midwifery! Thankfully I got over it before I started studying babies and went on to study at Manchester School of Art for a Ba(Hons) in Interior Design.
Thank goodness you changed your mind! How long have you worked for Amspec, and how did you first come to work for the company?
I’ve worked for Amspec for two years now, I joined back in June 2013. I was invited for an interview after Jess visited the Manchester School of Art’s Degree show and liked my work. My first day working at Amspec was actually the day after my Graduation – it was certainly a crazy June for changes!
Can you briefly describe a typical ‘day in the life’ of your role at Amspec?
My daily routine is very busy and very varied, including meeting clients to discuss their requirements and ideas and then developing designs to suit those needs, their budget and the type of building.
After a client meeting, I prepare initial sketches for the client to approve and advise on colour schemes, fabrics, fittings and furniture and so on.
From there, my time is spent creating detailed drawings from the initial sketches on ACAD then sourcing fittings, furniture, fabrics, and wall and floor coverings.
What is your favourite thing about working at Amspec? What makes it such a great company to work for?
The Team!! I am continually gaining experience/knowledge/information from all of the team members, they’re great people and it’s a fun working environment.
I love getting to meet new people too – both clients and suppliers. Oh, and the northern accents!
What’s the most exciting Amspec project you’ve been involved with to date?
We recently completed a project in Manchester for Elucigene Diagnostics which was really interesting. They were great clients to work for and I especially enjoyed working with their team on such a fantastic space.
Outside of work, what do you love to do to keep busy?
EATING! And spinning and walking my dog to balance things out. I also love travelling, I’ve recently been to Jamaica and can’t wait to go back!
My colleagues would probably say I enjoy moving house – I’ve moved 3 times since starting at Amspec but have settled now back in Manchester!
If you have a project coming up that needs top quality designer input, please do get in touch to see how we can help. Whether you’re refurbishing an existing space or designing a brand new one, we can offer design ideas and inspiration that will make your ideas a reality.