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Rio Designs helps UBC create stunning office space in Southampton’s Ocean Village

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2013-12-05 14:22:08 - Office furniture supply and design specialist Rio Designs has recently been working with leading serviced office provider United Business Centres (UBC) to complete the first stage of a major refurbishment of offices in Southampton’s prestigious Ocean Village development.

Enterprise House, a former dockside warehouse built in the 1840s, provides three floors of serviced offices totalling 15,000 sq ft. Derrick Dickinson from Rio Designs worked closely with UBC to select furniture that would complement its historic surroundings and yet be modern in appearance and make best use of the available space.

Richard Johnson, Operations Director for UBC said, “We presented Rio Designs with our initial CAD plans for the interior of the office. Derrick has many years’ experience in office design and he put a lot of time and effort into creating an attractive and practical environment for our clients. Little things like making sure people weren’t faced with a storage cabinet when they entered the office and creating attractive

comfortable breakout areas makes all the difference.”

Derrick recommended a French manufacturer, Buronomic office furniture, which had not previously been used by UBC and arranged for the team to visit the company’s showroom. They were impressed by what they saw and Rio Designs supplied all the desking and storage furniture from the Buronomic range. One important reason for choosing Buronomic was their willingness to manufacture desks measuring 1400 x 700 - built to Rio’s specification - rather than the traditional 1400 x 800. These give more flexibility and can be more easily configured to suit the available space and the client’s needs. Office seating - again built to Rio’s specifications - and furniture for the breakout areas completed the package.

Lheyton Warby, Regional Sales Director for UBC said, “The refurbishment programme we have undertaken in partnership with Rio Designs and the building owner has totally transformed the ground floor interior from dowdy and depressing to a totally contemporary and highly marketable office environment designed to attract and support ambitious businesses.”

UBC has serviced offices in most of the UK’s key business locations and plans to grow at the rate of four new locations per year. The next development is in central Birmingham and is due to open early next year. The company is keen to partner other building owners with property in suitable locations, including Manchester, Reading, Swindon and Cardiff.


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About Rio Designs
Rio Designs was established in 1998 and has provided a unique and personal service to businesses looking for new functional office furniture that makes their workspace work. With careful planning and ongoing consultation, Rio Designs works with its clients right from initial concept until completion.

United Business Centres (Midlands) Ltd with a head office in Solihull, currently operate 15 locations spread across the UK, overall providing over 500 businesses with an office base in professional quality buildings with supportive on site customer service team, all on an all-inclusive basis.
The company partners with property owners and developers and are committed to a policy of expansion in strategic locations around the UK.

• UBC provides:
• Serviced offices
• Virtual offices
• Meeting room hire
• Flexible working solutions such as hot-desks and day office hire

For property enquiries, please contact: Lheyton Warby:

Contact Information:
Rio Designs Ltd

Rio Designs Ltd
9 Barbers Mews
Neath Hill
Milton Keynes
MK14 6HS

Contact Person:
Derrick Dickinson

Phone: 0800 458 2682
email: email


Lisa Head
Phone: 01908695500

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