Our proudest moments are seeing your first impressions as you walk into your new office.

Awards and Recognition

2017 FX International Interior Design Awards

2017 FX International Interior Design Awards

We have been shortlisted in this year's FX Awards under the category ‘Global Project 2017’! The winner is announced in London on 29th November.

The SBID International Design Awards 2017

The SBID International Design Awards 2017

We are delighted to have been shortlisted in the Office Design category of the SBID International Design Awards 2017. Winners will be announced and awarded on Friday 27 October!

Planet First

The Planet Mark™ 2017

We are delighted to be awarded with The Planet Mark™ Acre of Rainforest Certificate. This award reflects our commitment to building a sustainable future by protecting the world’s most endangered rainforest.

The 100 Best Small Companies to Work For 2017

The 100 Best Small Companies to Work For 2017

We have been voted one of The Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies to Work For in the UK.

SBID Visualisation Finalist 2016

SBID Visualisation Finalist 2016

Our visualisations for both Saranac and Black River have been selected as finalists in the visualisation category for the Society of British Interior Design Awards 2016.

Considerate Constructors Scheme Award 2016

Considerate Constructors Scheme Award 2016

We were accredited a CCS award for demonstrating the highest levels of consideration during the build of our new headquarters.

CN Specialist Awards 2016

CN Specialist Awards 2016

This award is based on the overall performance and quality of work contractors provide for their clients. We are proud to have been a finalist in the Specialist Contractor of the Year category.

The Building Good Employer Guide 2015

The Building Good Employer Guide 2015

Based on anonymous staff feedback, we were placed first runner-up for the best employer in Building’s Good Employer Guide.

Building Good Employer 2012

Building Good Employer

Based on anonymous staff feedback, we ranked among the very best construction employers in the UK in 2012.

Construction News Awards: Tomorrow’s Company 2012 finalist

Tomorrow’s Company Finalist

One of seven finalists, judged for innovation, project work, sustainability, growth and strategy.

Construction News Awards: Employer of the Year 2012 finalist

Specialist Contractor of the Year

One of eight finalists, judged for excellence and ongoing improvement in providing opportunities for our people.

Our Story

In the early 1900s we produced manufacturing equipment today, we design and build London's most iconic workspaces. We're proud of our heritage and while our work has changed, our philosophy remains the same: transforming spaces to innovate, outperform and inspire.

  • 1911

    1911
    The business opened in 1911, producing high quality manufacturing equipment and furniture for the thriving textile and clothing sector.
  • 1940

    1940
    During WWII a shortage of manufacturing materials forced the business to focus on the supply and recycling of office furniture.
  • 1960

    1960
    Emerging from the embers of WWII, the business evolved to compete in the growing electronic equipment market.
  • 1970

    1970
    The business opened showrooms in Euston Road and Regent Street and expanded into office design, construction and information technology.
  • 2013

    2013
    We rebranded as Oktra – meaning infinite transformation. While our work changed, our philosophy remained the same: transforming spaces to innovate, outperform and inspire.
  • 2017

    2016
    Today, we are a community of over 93 workplace specialists. Last year, we transformed the working lives of 17,500 and this year we hope to make that 20,000!

Our Growth and Financials

Oktra has a rich history and a record of sustained growth throughout the last six years despite the turbulent economic conditions. Starting as a small and mighty team of 12 we are now 93. Since 2006, the Group has grown by 4,400% and now turns over more than £135 million per year.

21 years in office design
Built 16 million sq ft of space
1050 happy clients
£135m Group turnover
Social Responsibility

Social Responsibility

More and more of our clients are achieving their energy, resource and conservation goals through design. From community enrichment to environmental sustainability, our aim is always to put back far more than we take. That includes helping our clients to apply the same principles in their new spaces and drive change.

Sustainable Workplaces

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