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“Strengthening design into the upturn”

Business Times, October 2009

Following a prolonged period of stagnation, the demand for construction services at long last appears to be on the upturn. Whilst many projects still have their origins in downsizing, amalgamations and dilapidations, genuine signs of more progressive demand are becoming evident.In response, local design & build interiors specialist BC Workspace have invested in upgrading the IT capabilities of their design studio. In addition to drafting 3d visualisation expert, Claire Lammiman into the company, the latest versions of AutoCAD and 3D Studio MAX have been introduced.

Alison Parker, Director and Designer, reports that ‘We are seeing an increase in serious enquiries for the type of projects where clients are making genuine investments into their businesses . Yes, there is still much caution out there. Companies are more stringent than ever in scrutinising the long-term value of every pound spent, but there are strong positive signs that the worst is over. Commenting further, she says ‘ A try before you buy mentality exists and few Directors are prepared to sanction expenditure without a strong understanding of how the project will pay them back. This is where this investment in the new technology meets this raised criteria. Not only can 3d images and realistic representations of finished workspace be created, the software allows the designer great dexterity and speed in adjusting and altering to suit the client’s requirement. The assurance that the completed project will work and will match all expectations is better than ever. This is greatly improving the conversion rates of proposals to physical construction.’

‘Without doubt, there is still a long way to go before we can say that the recovery is truly here and many enquiries are still driven from some of the negative factors in the economy. The project mix has changed though and these new technology investments are timed to help those willing to invest in building for the future of their businesses make their decisions with greater confidence than ever before.’

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