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Gemco Contracts: an emerging green talent in the centre of London

In the heart of London’s Soho, Gemco Contracts are practicing what they preach.

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16/11/2022 2 min read

Gemco Contracts’ new home on the edge of renowned Soho Square is a sleek, modern culmination of recycled materials and furniture that the company has picked up along its way since entering the office fit-out world in 2018.

The new office overlooking Soho Square is a sustainable haven; the parquet flooring was discovered perfectly preserved underneath several layers of the previous tenant’s carpet which, with a little bit of love and hard graft, was restored to its original splendour. The inhouse joinery company provided leftovers that would otherwise have been thrown out, resulting in a freestanding kitchen bar and tea point with everything down to the handles and shelving refreshed and reused. Furniture and all the lighting fixtures are rehomed from previous projects – the rest waiting in storage so as little goes to waste as possible.

Gemco are combating the industry wide problem of material waste, often rescuing brand new furniture and fittings from going to landfill. This is the perfect example of the ethos behind the company, says Managing Director Greg Carr – creating the new without creating the waste. But it isn’t just what the office is made of that makes their home unique. The company uses recycled consumables, encourages cycling to work, and even the plants were rescued from a client installing a green wall who didn’t need the extra leaves.

“In the post-COVID landscape the workspace has shifted to focus more on employee wellbeing than ever before,” comments Carr. “Gemco’s designers are passionate about modelling spaces made for people – they all have a professional background of working for the big corporations and recognise that there is a space to be filled between making money and making people happy. A people centric, relationship led business that looks after clients and the planet. The future for Gemco sees a small tight knit group of people, working towards a greener world.”

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