Decrease in rental market opens doors for Summertown Interiors

Published May 24th, 2009 - 06:42 GMT

Summertown Interiors, UAE’s international corporate turnkey design and fit-out solution specialist, has found that the economic downturn has a positive side for business. The design team has seen a trend in many corporations investing in new office fit-outs and refurbishments for their office space; using money saved as a result of the decrease in the rental market.
“In this current economic climate commercial rental properties have adjusted, at times falling by up to 40%, and this has opened up avenues for new business for Summertown Interiors. Some corporations have almost halved their rental costs and many have been directing this extra capital to new office fit-outs or office refurbishments or alternatively some decide to move premises as they get more value for their money in terms of location or square meters” said Marcos Bish, Managing Director, Summertown Interiors.
A market leader in eco-friendly design, Summertown Interiors is compliant with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, in the gold category. In a time of economic crisis the LEED certification is a further coup for Summertown Interiors as businesses are realising that they can actually save money with their new or refurbished office, whilst simultaneously minimising the company’s corporate carbon footprint.
“There has been a significant increase in the uptake of green initiatives in the UAE, as companies become more aware of cost-savings during the current economic climate. By incorporating environmental designs which are LEED compliant, Summertown Interiors can create an office which uses up to 35% less energy, 40-50% less water and can divert over 90% of its waste from the landfill.  When you add all this up on a yearly basis, it can be a considerable saving for a company,” said Bish.

Not only can Summertown help businesses work efficiently by cutting running costs but also encourage the corporate sector to become environmentally intelligent by following the lead of the UAE’s government initiatives by creating a green future for this country.
Summertown Interiors recently opened its multi-million dirham corporate headquarters and showroom in Jafza (Jebel Ali Free Zone), Dubai, implementing the international green standards already on offer to its clients. The new premises offer water efficient fixtures to reduce water consumption; usage of LEED certified furniture, products and materials with high recycle content and reduced energy consumption through sensor-controlled lights. The Summertown premises also incorporated into their design star-rated energy electrical equipment; indoor CO2 monitors; water usage reduction through sensor based systems and waste segregation for recycling purposes – all of which will save money for the company.
About Summertown Interiors
Summertown Interiors are established experts in design, planning and integrating flexible office solutions, designing creative and inspiring turnkey concepts.
The Summertown Interiors design team is made up of architects, planners, and designers who interpret client requirements and suggest solutions prior and during the design development stage. All projects are executed under quality standards and are ISO 9001 certified.
Offering superior quality and design solutions on a complete turnkey fit-out basis, Summertown Interiors’ design solutions are creative and inspirational within the framework of feasibility and budget, incorporating the latest technology and global trends. Each design reflects and incorporates the brand at hand and encapsulates the culture and philosophy of each individual client.
Summertown’s joinery company was the first joinery in the UAE to be ISO certified, and all facets of the company perform under the ISO quality management system. ISO 9001-2000 Certification from Moody International covers the design and execution of turnkey interior projects, manufacture and installation of joinery works, and the supply and installation of office furniture.
Summertown Interiors has made its mark as the first interior design and turnkey fit-out contractor to occupy a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Standard-compliant interiors in their new corporate headquarters and showroom in JAFZA.  The showroom showcases the company’s capabilities & social responsibilities in a fully-functional green environment.


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