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UK: London-based The Interiors Group set up its UAE operations in Abu Dhabi in 2009, and since then has acquired and completed several new projects.

They include: the office of legal firm, Herbert Smith; design and construction of offices for Hogan Lovells; a fit-out for real estate investors Pramerica; and a new marketing suite for Aldar in Trust Tower, Abu Dhabi.

Herbert Smith’s office in Abu Dhabi’s Central Business District, is on the 23rd floor of the Mubadala development in Sowwah Square. The Interiors Group is working with designers Woods Bagot, Chapman Bathurst and CS Technology with project management handled by Arcadis Middle East. The work is expected to be completed this month.


“The design, as you can imagine, is very high-end using specialist materials sourced from around the world. We have managed to ensure that the building restraints are adhered to, but the designer’s and client’s intent is kept,” said Jonathan Milner, general manager, The Interiors Group.

The firm also partners with other design companies while working on projects. Milner said it has consciously chosen to do this to maximise the elements of design.

“Traditional design and build companies produce the same look for clients — everything is off the shelf and doesn’t push boundaries anymore. They know a detail works, why change it?” he added.

According to Milner, this was a boring way of carrying out a project and doesn’t give value-added designs to the client. “By utilising the capabilities of different designers, we ensure that they are in cohesion with what a client wants and how they work,” he said.

The firm also won the contract for Hogan Lovells’ offices in Sowwah Square, which comprises a heavily cellularised floor space arranged over the 20th level of the building. For this, it teamed up with Pringle Brandon for the architectural elements and Wallace Whittle for MEP.

For the fit-out of Pramerica, the company partnered with architects and designers, HLW and Wallace Whittle again for the MEP.

The firm also delivered a marketing suite in the Lord Foster-designed Trust Tower in the Central Market Development in Abu Dhabi. The suite designed by Gensler, uses new-to-the-market Optima Partitioning systems, bespoke joinery and flooring systems, Herman Miller furniture and specialist AV presentation systems.

“The floor space complements the building’s unique design and illustrates to Aldar’s potential tenants what can be achieved. The space uses a system recently brought into the market by Optima, the glass partition specialists, complemented by bespoke furniture systems from Herman Miller. It also uses LEED carpets from Standard Carpets in the UAE,” said Milner.

“Our growth, innovation and expertise in the UK fit perfectly with what is happening in the UAE,” added Andrew Black, CEO, The Interiors Group.

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