Explore the latest projects from the UK’s commercial interiors industry, featuring the best of workspace, hospitality, residential and public sectors.

Prague’s Maximilian Hotel reopens following redesign by Conran and Partners

One of Prague’s most established boutique hotels, Maximilian, has reopened after a refurbishment programme by Conran and Partners.

14/01/2020 3 min read

Interviews, opinions and profiles from industry experts

Mix at 20: 20 years of projects, products and changes

An awful lot has happened to the interiors world since the inception of Mix Interiors. Here, we've asked a selection of industry friends to tell us their favourite projects, products and major changes in the workplace over the past 20 years.

22/01/2020 5 min read

Key industry articles and insights looking at the latest news from the world of commercial interior design

Build-to-Rent: Baby steps but big ambition

The build-to-rent apartment business is still in its infancy. But it is learning fast. David Thame hears how design and amenity are already being rethought.

14/01/2020 7 min read

Discover the latest and most innovative products curated by Mix Interiors.

Material Matters: January

This special edition of Material Matters focuses on some of the materials and surfaces that stole the show at this year’s Mix Design Collective.

15/01/2020 2 min read


View all companies

Discover the latest news and company profiles from the companies shaping the UK commercial interiors industry.

Company Profiles

View the latest company profiles from the commercial interiors industry

View all

Your single source for all commercial interiors events throughout the UK

Industry Events


Vacancies available within the Commercial Interiors sector

View all

Advertise a job

Advertise your company vacancies on our site to attract the best candidates

Create a job advert

Senior Pitch Designer



Specialising in commercial workplace design & build this studio is an established, creative and exciting place to work. You will need to be able to use your initiative to work without close supervision and reach tight deadlines, primarily working on your own projects. You will be presentable, confident with good client skills as you will […]

University of London from Spacelab

We talk to Spacelab about the University of London project

21/06/2019 2 min read

Name of Government Department: Department of Education   |   Completion Date: March 2018   |   Location: London

Project Team

  • M&E Consultants


  • Structural Glazing


  • Contractors

    Collins Constructions

  • Structional Engineer


What part did you play in delivering the scheme? 

Spacelab carried out in-depth research, developed the workplace and design strategy, and acted as the interior designers and architects on the project. Based on the outcomes of our research, we have completely transformed the previously dark and underused space on the lower ground floor, into a light, welcoming and modern workspace that fully supports ‘activity-based working’ and reflects the building’s rich history in every detail.

What were the key objectives set by the client? 

The University of London was looking to re-envisage the function of its home in the Grade II listed Senate House, and turned to Spacelab to formulate the design strategy. The brief was to consolidate non-teaching teams from across the organisation (over 250 staff) into one space within the lower ground floor – an underutilised space previously used for storage. The project represents a milestone in the development and use of Senate House as an academic hub for the university and its member institutions.

The key objective was to create a unified and future-proof space that would facilitate ‘activity-based working’, to provide choice, and increase productivity, knowledge transfer and collaboration within and between teams.

The new space also needed to work in harmony with the existing fabric of the historic Senate House, maintaining the integrity of the building to ensure it met the strict requirements of English Heritage.

What was the biggest design/cultural challenge? 

Previously teams were segregated across the campus, with no sense of ‘togetherness’ and nothing connecting them together. One of the key aims of the project was to bring all the teams together into one space, helping to increase productivity, knowledge transfer and collaboration within and between teams, as well as creating a sense of community. To achieve this, and help the shift towards agile working, we engaged with the teams throughout the process, involving them in the design as well as helping them to rethink their traditional behaviour patterns and siloed working. 

Can you sum up the greatest transformational element? 

We used our unique spatial analysis tool to bring to light the current – and potential – spatial qualities of different areas of the lower ground floor. From this we identified an opportunity to open up and transform the external, non-utilised courtyard into the buzzing heart of the workplace, feeding into and connecting the surrounding spaces. A faceted structural glass roof covers the courtyard – snaking its way from one side to the other and making a key architectural statement, which is visible from all floors of the building, seamlessly marrying the historic building with this modern intervention. 

Related Articles

Inspiration for your next read

Back to top