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Trend Talks: Workspace Flooring edition

By Office Design, Office Interiors

Earlier this month our head of design Kevin caught up with FX Magazine to talk all things flooring design for their May/June edition. Here’s a snapshot of their Q&A…

Q: Which flooring materials do you particularly like working with and why? 

A: I’m keen on incorporating products that have a high recycled content. There are some plastics in their products, which is a fantastic form of innovation that I hope is the future of flooring materials. We all know we need to be more mindful of the workplace’s environmental footprint, and flooring materials have a role to play in this – both in terms of products that have been recycled and are recyclable. 

Q: How do you keep up to date with the latest flooring products on the market? Is there scope for using some of the very latest material technology in projects, or do clients tend to have a preference for more traditional solutions? 

A: We work with a range of flooring companies who we consult with regularly, and they do a great job at keeping us in the loop with the latest products. We regularly keep up to date with industry publications where we get a lot of our intel.

The short answer is yes, clients do often prefer traditional solutions. They look at the situation from their experience rather than the opportunity for creativity – but there’s a good reason for this, as experience tells them what works and what doesn’t, balancing aesthetics with practicality. So, this is completely understandable and we work with them to discuss the potential options and how we can make newer options work for them. 

We completed a project last year for tech giant Ideagen, during which the client was willing to let us flex our creative muscles, incorporating new material technology throughout the 30,000 sq ft space. This was a great opportunity, and has created a really inspiring space as a result.

Q: If budget was no object, what kinds of flooring materials would you love to use on projects?

A: With such a focus on wellness and bringing the outside in, I’m keen to incorporate more sustainable, up cycled materials into all of our designs. And if budget was no option, I’d create a whole new product that would make the truly natural flooring materials suitable for indoors. I’d create a product that would give the look and feel of real grass, chalk or bark – but without the maintenance headache of the real thing.

Q: How can designers look to exploit the potential of creative flooring – both in terms of design ideas and material choices – in a range of different applications?

A: LVT (luxury vinyl tile) has a huge range of colours and patterns that are interchangeable, and so gives us space to get creative. The range of finishes meant there are a numbers of applications, and it can be used in a variety of environments to create a totally different look and feel every time.

It also carries a lot of recycled material, which is great. A lot of the products we’re using now are recycled as standard – this should be the norm – and there are now an interesting number of options that enable designers to make environmentally-conscious decisions for clients, without them even knowing it. We have the opportunity to create not only a stylish environment but one with substance behind it as well.

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McCain HQ

McCain HQ: Chameleon behind the transformation

By News

We are delighted to be working with McCain, the UK’s number one frozen potato manufacturer, to redesign and upgrade their Eastfield Head Office in Scarborough!

The new 34,000 sq ft workspace will provide McCain with a cutting-edge facility designed to attract and retain the best new talent. The redesign responds to the effect the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the workplace and supports a new hybrid model of working from both home and the office, with the health and safety of McCain employees at the heart of the upgrade. The new office will implement the latest technology allowing employees to connect to the office from home and feature spaces designed to maximise social distancing meaning employees can work safely and securely from the office should they choose to.

Our design for the new space will focus on sustainability, ensuring that the upgrade has sustainable practices integrated throughout. This includes energy efficient lighting, carbon neutral flooring products and recycled furniture.

Since McCain opened the site in 1968 it has grown to become one of the area’s largest private employers with over 700 employees, and is heavily involved in partnerships with many suppliers and community organisations helping to boost local economy and employment. This latest office upgrade comes shortly after a significant investment into the production facility on site in order to meet increased customer demand.

Howard Snape, GB President, McCain Foods said: “Scarborough has been our home for over 50 years, and we are dedicated to investing into the community and our business to ensure the best for our employees both through our recent factory upgrade and this new redesign to our head office. The new design will ensure we are ready to accommodate new ways of working going forward whilst also being able to deliver broader sustainability benefits. We look forward to welcoming our employees back to the office so they can experience the redesign in person.”

Robert Goodwill, MP for Scarborough and Whitby said: “McCain is an iconic Scarborough business and has contributed a huge amount to the local area over the years, whether that’s through job creation or community initiatives, so it’s great to see this new investment into the Eastfield site.”

Michael Greene, CEO, Scarborough Council: “As we adapt into a new normal with hybrid working models it’s great to see that McCain are strengthening their commitment to the Scarborough area and its employees through the new redesign. We look forward to seeing the new design when it reopens at the end of the year.”

The redesign remains subject to planning permission but if approved phase one of the redesign will start at the end of May with the full redesign to be completed by the end of the year.

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Victory Leisure Homes

Chameleon creates contemporary experience centre for Victory Leisure Homes

By Chameleon, Office Design, Office Interiors

Victory Leisure Homes have been creating luxury leisure homes and lodges for over a decade and in the summer of 2020 they enlisted us to bring their customer experience centre vision to life at their head office in East Yorkshire.

The once empty and under-utilised reception area has now been transformed into a 140m2 showroom. The bright and modern space includes: a welcoming meet and greet area, a refreshments corner and an L-shaped seating zone, where customers can look through samples and discuss design options. There are also two meeting rooms included in the design.

Fiona, our interior designer said: “Victory wanted an experience centre that would be welcoming for customers but would also work for more corporate, formal meetings. Together, we developed a space that perfectly balances an aesthetically pleasing, relaxing customer area alongside practical, ergonomic meeting spaces.

“It’s a fantastic project and we’re really proud to have been a part of this impressive transformation.

“We developed a tonal colour palette, which has created a very relaxed feel to the experience centre. There’s lots of wood, planting and neutral accents that all naturally complement one another and create a really contemporary finish.

“The meeting rooms’ foldable walls mean that these rooms are very flexible. Victory wanted the option to transform the meeting spaces into VR rooms, so the ability to reconfigure the design via the foldable walls is a great addition.

“We designed a handleless storage unit, incorporating wooden slats to the front of the design, creating interest whilst incorporating the natural design elements Victory requested. The piece large enough to hold a variety of samples without being too bulky. It’s sleek and smart and ties all of the natural elements together perfectly.”

Gary Corlyon, MD of Victory said: “Our new customer experience centre is exactly what we were looking for. It’s light, bright and modern, giving customers a taste of what they can expect from one of our models. We’re extremely proud of the space and truly believe that it sets us apart.”

See more of this project here – Victory Leisure Homes

Ideagen

Spotlight on: Ideagen

By Chameleon, Office Design, Office Interiors

In the summer of 2020 we completed the design, fit-out and refurbishment for Ideagen and their new £2 million head office located in Nottingham, creating a modern, industrial feel in the 30,000 sq ft space.

Kevin, our head of design said: “We wanted to create a space that not only had a contemporary finish but also focused on wellness. Our designs incorporated biophilic elements to bring the outside in, providing a variety of areas for the team to relax and refresh.

“The office is split over two floors and includes a variety of workspace settings including collaborative and agile spaces On the ground floor, we have designed Ideagen its very own coffee shop – inspired by the independent group of coffee shops: 200 Degrees – that provides employees with free breakfast and unlimited coffee every day. The space aims to transport you from the office environment to a high street coffee shop allowing employees to take a break and socialise with colleagues.

“It is truly a workspace designed for the future.”

The project has been so successful, it has been nominated for the Mixology North21 Project of the Year: Workspace Interiors 30,000-70,000 2q ft Awards and shortlisted as a finalist for the award!

You can check out more of this project here.

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employee wellbeing

Why your workspace is an important tool for supporting employee wellbeing

By Office Design, Office Interiors

Employee wellbeing in the workplace is something that has been raising its head for some time now, however, the pandemic has raised concerns about people’s health and wellbeing to the top of everyone’s business agenda.

Employers play a vital role in not only protecting employees from the risk of COVID-19 infection, but also their mental wellbeing. As well as worries about becoming ill, many employees are isolated, others face income or job loss, while working parents have to juggle caring responsibilities and work. Ultimately, our workspaces will have to work harder than ever to support those working in them after the lockdown ends.

Studies have shown that light and room acoustics have an undeniable impact on productivity, human interaction, and wellbeing.  Washington State University found people working indoors with plants in their view complete tasks 12% faster, have improved memory retention by up to 20% and are better able to concentrate than those without.

After spending so much time indoors many of us are craving human connection and socialisation – something that the workplace usually provides for people on a daily basis. Giving your employees space to do this is a great way to not only boost morale, but encourage friendships.

When it comes to creating a space for your team to thrive, it is important to consider how that design will affect their wellbeing, including elements such as:

  • Colour
  • Privacy
  • Biophillic Design
  • Fabrics
  • Zoning
  • Agile working

We’ve spent the past 22 years working with businesses to understand exactly what their employees need from their space. By conducting employee surveys we are able to understand exactly how your team work and what tools they need to thrive, always putting employee wellbeing, flexibility and collaboration at the heart of our designs.

Is your workspace ready to step up and support your team post lockdown? Or has time stood still whilst you’ve been working from home?

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JR Rix & Sons

Chameleon appointed to deliver JR Rix & Sons new HQ

By Chameleon, News

We are delighted to announce that JR Rix & Sons have appointed us to deliver a collaborative, inspiring new workspace for their team in their new head office at 2 Humber Quays!

The space will be designed with people at its heart placing emphasis on the wellbeing of Rix’s team. Group collaboration spaces, open plan café and bar areas as well as a work-out lounge are just some of the design features being incorporated into this space following feedback from the workspace analysis we carried out. The finished result will be a vibrant and modern office space that not only complements the building and its surroundings but also reflects Rix’s values of trust, safety, ambition and continuity.

“Having already worked with the Rix Group to deliver its new customer experience centre for Victory Leisure Homes, it is great to be working with the team once again,” said Harriet our BDM for the reigon.

Our chair, Shaun added: “It is fantastic that such a well-established Hull business has made the decision to support local businesses by appointing us to carry out the refurbishment of its new headquarters.

“We’re really excited to be creating a space to bring Rix’s people together again after such a long period of remote working, with the team looking to move into the new space in early summer.

“We are absolutely delighted not only to be part of Rix’s next chapter, but also to have the group as our new landlord at 2 Humber Quays – where we have been based for the past 12 years.”

Rory Clarke, MD of JR Rix & Sons said: “Having worked with Chameleon to design and build the customer experience centre for our holiday home business Victory Leisure Homes, we knew we could count on them to deliver a fantastic space for the Rix team.

“Not only does Chameleon have a strong portfolio of previous work, but the team always enter into a project with inspiring ideas that really get the whole business involved in the design of their new workspace.

“The office is the heart of a company, the culture and its soul. Culture is very important to the Rix Group, and we have no doubt that Chameleon is the perfect choice to deliver a space where our team can reconnect and our culture can thrive.”

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Gold SKA Rating

Chameleon achieve their first Gold SKA Rating for project!

By Chameleon

We are delighted to announce our design and fit-out project for Hull Universities Energy and Environment Insitute has achieved the first ever Gold SKA Rating in the region!

Achieving the highest rating in the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) environmental assessment scheme, the hub boasts 84% of the 86 strong criteria set up as part of the SKA assessment – making it officially one of the greenest educational hubs in the UK.

The SKA rating is an environmental assessment scheme that measures fit-out projects against a set of sustainability ‘good practice’ criteria. ‘Good practice’ measures cover everything from responsible sourcing of materials, reducing waste and diverting materials from landfill, to CO2 emissions, lighting design, energy efficient hand dryers and biodiversity.

The announcement also marks the first SKA Rating for our team at Chameleon. Shaun Watts, Chairman, commented: “We are delighted with the Gold SKA Rating achieved for the new Energy and Environment Institute. At Chameleon, we work with sustainability front of mind on every project. It was particularly important during this project, given the nature of the hub, to showcase the building as a leader in global environmental resilience and energy sustainability.

“Day-to-day, we paid careful consideration to of all the materials used and constant monitoring of onsite activities from an environmental and sustainability perspective. It was a pleasure to be part of a larger team, all of whom were dedicated to delivering a world-class, planet-friendly project.”

Amongst the environmental design elements in the project, 80% of carpet and soft floor finishes were reused/recycled, 50% of vinyl finishes were recycled through a closed-loop scheme, and 80% of the timber flooring was reused – with the remaining percentage diverted from landfill.  

Paul Batchelor, Partner at RLB, said: “Delivering the SKA Gold Rated academic hub for the pioneering Energy and Environment Institute at the University of Hull was a fantastic project for the team at RLB to lead. Sustainability was at the very core of this project and the collaboration of the entire team was key to its success, achieving the first SKA Gold in the region is a brilliant credit to everyone involved.”

Professor Dan Parsons, Director at the Energy and Environment Institute, added: “When we secured funding to bring our multi-disciplinary team of experts under one roof on the University campus, we wanted to create a space which was both modern and stylish, but which also showcased excellence in sustainability.

“It’s only right that an Institution centred on tackling the global climate crisis be based in a building which is environmentally fit for purpose.

“With the support of our Estates team at the University and the contractors Chameleon Business Interiors – who deserve an enormous amount of credit for this project – we have created a space which truly practices what it preaches.

“This SKA Gold award is recognition of the hard work and dedication of all those involved in the refurbishment.”

The Energy and Environment Institute at the University of Hull brings together the skills and capabilities of leading researchers to tackle global challenges related to climate change and a low carbon transition, and their consequences for society and livelihoods.

Now home to over 100 staff and PhD researchers, the Institute is leading research in some of the areas of the world most at-risk from climate change, including flood prone areas such as Vietnam’s Mekong and Red River deltas, the Congo River in Africa, as well as locations much closer to home.

You can see more of the 2019 project for Hull University here.

Office space

How much office space do I need?

By Office Design, Uncategorised

There’s nothing worse than working in a tiny office that feels so small you can barely think. Working in too close proximity to your colleagues can cause a number of different issues.

That being said, being so far away from your teammates that you have to take a small hike to chat to them about your latest project can make things pretty inefficient, too.

It’s easy to miscalculate how much office space your business really needs, and if you do get it wrong, it can negatively impact productivity, employee satisfaction, and your plans to expand in the future.

To make sure you get it right first time, here’s our guide on working out exactly how much space your business needs.

How much do I need per employee?

Generally, we’d recommend around 100 sq ft per employee.

This can vary, however, depending on several factors. Those factors include plans for your business’ future, the sector you’re working in, and what kind of workspace design features you want to prioritise.

Businesses in certain sectors can get away with a smaller office, whereas some will need a bit more space. If you’re working in a sector that generally does most things online, such as a digital marketing agency or solicitors, you’ll be able to cope in a workspace that isn’t so roomy. Generally, creative businesses such as architects, or those that need to file a lot of physical papers, should be looking for a larger sq ft per employee.

If you’re struggling to visualise what 100 sq ft per employee looks like, a king-size bed is approximately 40 sq ft.

What else could impact the space I need?

When choosing an office space, there are factors other than your staff that you’ll need to take into consideration.

For example, if you’re planning to grow and hire more people, it’s no good choosing somewhere that’s the perfect size for the staff you currently have. Instead, work out how much you’re planning to expand your workforce in the next couple of years, and account for that instead.

Additionally, look at the layout of the square footage you’re working with. An 18,000 sq ft open space is going to be much easier to fit your staff in than somewhere that’s an odd shape.

The extras

After you’ve figured out how much space your workforce needs, you’re going to need to add in some room for the extras.

From meeting rooms and co-working spaces to individual offices, a kitchen, and even somewhere to relax, depending on your workplace culture, you’re probably looking at including at least a couple of these features.

It’s also important to think about what furniture you might want. If you’re planning on squeezing employees into less than 80 sq. ft. per person, it’d be a good idea to think of some clever ways to save space on things like storage and meeting rooms. For some examples, take a look at our work to see how we have used space to maximise employee comfort and productivity.

If you’re planning on moving into a new workspace, let us know, and we can help you figure out how to effectively use your new office to maximise productivity and make sure your employees are happy at work!

Hull & East Yorkshire People In Business Awards 2019

Hull & East Yorkshire People In Business Awards 2019

By Chameleon, News, Uncategorised

We are celebrating a hat-trick of successes after three of our team members have been shortlisted for an award at the 2019 Hull & East Yorkshire People in Business Awards.

Competing against the best talent in the region, Head of Design – Kevin McIntosh, and Design Co-ordinator – Sarah Williamson, have made the shortlist for the Team Impact award. Additionally, our Assistant Project Manager Harry Gamble, is a nominee for the Rising Star award.

The awards encompass companies from all areas of work, and across all industry sectors. The Team Impact award celebrates a team of unique, determined individuals who consistently produce great work. The Rising Star award recognises individuals who have made a notable difference to the workplace within their short time in the business.

Shaun Watts, chairman of Chameleon Business Interiors, said:

“We believe Kevin and Sarah’s contribution to the working environment of so many people across the region through our projects should not be underestimated.

“Their ability to interpret the needs of our clients and convert that into a workspace that not only looks amazing, but addresses the issues surrounding health and wellbeing in the workplace deserves real recognition.

“I am also delighted that Harry has been shortlisted for the Rising Star award. He has made an outstanding contribution to the business, receiving notable recognition from our clients in respect to his approach and ability to manage an interior design project, and taken the lead role in the ongoing development of our health & safety procedures both internally and externally.

“Harry has a great future with us and I’m so pleased he is getting the recognition he deserves.”

Founder of the Hull and East Yorkshire People in Business Awards, Jo Fleming, said:

“There have been some outstanding entries from businesses of all shapes and sizes, and everyone who entered should be really proud of themselves.

Narrowing down the shortlist was a difficult task, but we believe that we’ve chosen the best of the best that have the potential to be worthy award winners. Supporting talent in the workplace is essential, and the Hull & East Yorkshire People in Business Awards give both individuals and businesses as a whole the chance to gain recognition for their hard work.”

Kevin, Sarah and Harry will now compete against five other finalists in their respective categories with the winners due to be announced at a ceremony in July.

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Clerkenwell Design Week 2019

Clerkenwell Design Week 2019 Highlights

By Chameleon, Office Design, Uncategorised

This year our Design Team attended Clerkenwell Design Week 2019. As well as hosting an abundance of furniture and interiors showrooms, Clerkenwell is also home to a variety of other creative practices including architects, branding agencies and craft studios. Clerkenwell aims to push the boundaries of design, in terms of concepts, process and material capabilities., and invites industry leading professionals to explore these possibilities. Take a look below at what we thought were the running themes of showrooms around Clerkenwell.

Living Coral…

…was a prominent theme throughout many of the showrooms this year. Mainly used in fabrics, the colour with its natural depth gave a warmth to the surrounding commercial environments. Living Coral embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting work environment.

 

 

 

Biophilia…

…was a clear trend with many commercial environments incorporating the natural world into the workplace. With its obvious health and wellbeing benefits such as improved air quality and reducing stress levels, biophilic elements where typically seen in breakout spaces. This included everything from small desk plants to large moss walls.

 

 

 

Acoustic panels…

…were heavily featured this year at Clerkenwell. With the rise of open-plan office environments, and a boost in collaborative working there has also been an increase in the need for zones which offer a quiet space away from the busy office environment. This year we saw acoustic panels with equal levels of aesthetic appeal and acoustic qualities, therefore ideal for any commercial environment.

 

Palisades…

…were spotted in almost every showroom we visited this year at Clerkenwell. With undeniable benefits, the palisades allow you to create different zones instead of walls, therefore providing areas of separation within an open plan environment. Typically seen with metal frames, palisades offer a great storage solution and allows you to be creative and flexible with the design and structure.

 

 

 

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