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When London and Scottish Property Investment Management (LSPIM) moved into their new offices last year, incorporating plants was central to the interior design plan.

LSPIM, one of Scotland’s largest independent property asset managers, relocated it’s 60 staff to a newly refurbished, open plan space on Glasgow’s Bath Street.

Caroline Hammond, office manager and executive assistant to Stephen Inglis, said: “Stephen Inglis, our founder and CEO, was very keen to ensure that our new offices were as healthy as they possibly could be in terms of air quality, especially in these COVID times, and planting was very much at the forefront of his vision for the new office.”

The light and airy main workspace presents an ideal environment for the inclusion of interior plants, which not only add greenery to the interior design but also act as natural barriers, affording an element of seclusion to colleagues. Planted with aglaonema silver bay, meter long barrier troughs create luscious screens along the main thoroughfare, reducing distractions from those passing by, while the noise absorption qualities of the plants help to lessen any sound disturbance.

Strategically situated shelving units segregate meeting pods from the general workspace, combining a variety of foliage in built in planters and simple, timeless fiberstone bowls. The use of rhipsalis, a tropical succulent, in the display creates a tactile carpet, while trailing scindapsus bring vibrancy and character to the unit.

Caroline said: “The driver behind positioning of the planting was mainly to give people some extra privacy without building walls and the planting has achieved this both at the end of banks of desk and around our many collaborative meeting spaces.”

As we emerge from the pandemic, face to face meetings are slowly beginning to replace some of the virtual calls we have become so accustomed to and having an impressive reception area is once again emerging as a priority for many business.  Visitors to LSPIM are among those now being treated to a memorable welcome, greeted by a bright, contemporary space, surrounded by greenery. The reception desk is flanked on one side by a row of sansevieria top dressed in a natural bark, while a beautiful foliage bowl adorns the countertop at the other.  As guests are shown to the seated reception area, they pass a stunning ficus lyrate – commonly known as the fiddle-leaf fig and on trend in terms of indoor tropical plants. Bowls of rhipsalis, dotted around the welcome zone further emphasise the importance LSPIM have placed on adding natural elements to the decor throughout the office space.  

While making a first impression is extremely important, the extent of the plant displays throughout the office area at LSPIM reflect the commitment by management to provide a ‘healthy’ workplace for staff to enjoy. ‘The planting has had a very positive response from the staff as it brings a more natural feel to the office,’ says Caroline. To the rear of the office a luxury breakout area, complete with coffee machine, well stocked fridge and foosball table features plants displays throughout, right down to live wall hangings in the cloakroom.

We have been delighted to deliver a project which has involved such a diverse selection of plant material to a client that recognises the deeper value of nature in the indoor environment and its impact on wellbeing. 

Caroline said: “We have worked with GP for many years as a business therefore it [selecting a supplier] was a natural selection and the service has been excellent.”

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“GP Plantscape provided a professional service from start to finish. the service was top notch through and through.”
Kevin Stewart, Facilities Manager , Registers of Scotland
“We have worked with GP for many years as a business therefore when selecting a supplier it was a natural selection and the service has been excellent.”
Caroline Hammond, Office Manager , LSPIM
“If a contractor turns up and they are not booked in it makes my life very stressful and difficult, but with GP we know when the team is arriving, we know what day they are arriving, what time they are arriving and its normally always the same people, but if it has to change, we know in advance.”
Sandy Fraser, Facility Management , Glenmorangie
“Nine out of ten people comment on the displays. The plants are simple but effective. Elaine [contracts manager] is very efficient and very knowledgeable and the installations guys were excellent, so helpful and particularly pleasant. We deal with delivery guys every day and it’s good to find quality guys like that doing deliveries and a really good job.”
Gordon Anthony, General Manager , Park Hotel
“Incorporating biophilia in a recent hybrid pilot workspace for a client in Glasgow was such an important part of the jigsaw. The project included large trees, standing planters in various designs, shelf planters and two bespoke moss walls. The exterior courtyard also underwent a transformation including power washing the paving, sanding and painting of the exterior furniture, new gravel, a new Astro turf putting green and various planters with lovely biophilia displays. The feedback has been fantastic and people have been raving about it from a senior level. A big thanks to all the team at GP who were a great support and pulled out all the stops to ensure completion on time.”
Susan Houston, Sales Support Manager , Apleona
“We pride ourselves on being a very culture orientated company where employee’s welfare is at the forefront of every decision. I want the office to be a welcoming and happy space for everyone who comes in and getting plants put in was the next obvious decision for this. We love our plants and couldn’t be without them now.”
Nikki Thng, CEO & Founder , Class for Kids
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Mette Møller, Urban Designer , HarrisonStevens
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