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MixologyNorth21 Finalist

Mixology North21 Finalist: Project of the Year: Workplace Interiors

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Chameleon has been shortlisted for Project of the Year- Workplace Interiors sub 5,000sqft and 30,000-70,000sqft at the Mix North21 Awards.

We are excited to announce that two of our projects have been selected as a Mixology North21 Finalist at this year’s Mix North Awards. Our University of Hull Energy and Environment Institute project has been selected as a finalist for Project of the Year: Workplace Interiors sub 5,000 sqft. The project consisted of design, fit out and furnishing of the EEI in accordance with their focus to create an environmentally considered solution with an SKA accreditation. Through our knowledge and experience of design and materials along with our relationships with suppliers and contractors we achieved a Gold rating of the SKA accreditation.

The design included exceptional, sustainable and environmentally friendly design elements like biophilia to promote wellness in the workspace as well as using a large amount of recycled and reused materials. 80% of carpet and soft floor finishes were reused or 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. An strong emphasis was made on this project to work with natural materials in order to emulate the ethos of the University of Hull’s EEI team throughout the design.

Professor Dan Parsons, Director at the Energy and Environment Institute said: “We wanted to create a space which was both modern and stylish but which also showcased excellence in sustainability. 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.”

We are also proud to announce that our Ideagen Head Office project as Project of the Year: Workplace Interiors 30,000 to 70,000 sqft. We were appointed to complete the design, fit out and refurbishment of Ideagen’s 32,000 sqft UK head office in September 2020 to facilitate their expansion as a company and to provide a more suitable workspace post covid-19. Focusing on employee wellness and collaboration, our designs included biophilic elements and a variety of workspaces, designed to support the needs of Ideagen’s employees, encouraging productivity, flexibility, innovation and sociability.

Featuring their very own coffee shop and spaces that include natural elements such as a moss wall and carefully selected plants to promote wellness and sustainability, the new workspace supports employees to relax, socialise and worked effectively together. Delivered on time and on budget during a pandemic, the end result was a workspace that inspires confidences and showcases Ideagen as a company that invests in itself and people.

We congratulate our fellow Mixology North21 finalists on this achievement and look forward to celebrating our industry on the night.

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Office Redesign: Chameleon’s Top 6 Features

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What should you consider in your office redesign? We explain below our top 6 features that you should include in your office redesign and explain why they are beneficial.

Flexi or Agile Spaces

Flexi working

As a result of the covid-19 pandemic and most people having to work remotely, the way we like to work has changed significantly. Many workers now want a variety of spaces that they can use flexibly depending on the task at hand. While remote working is still a preferred option for some, when your staff come to the office a variety of spaces will be required for them to work productively.

Technology

technology

With technology fast becoming a major part of our daily working life, your workspace design needs to be able to provide for your employees technology needs whether that’s presentations, video conferencing and so on. For example, touchless operations systems, automatic lighting, proper ventilation, bookable meeting rooms and video conferencing facilities are all important elements to consider in your office redesign to ensure effective communications and operations.

Sustainability

Office Fit Out

Creating a sustainable office is essential as we all try to move towards the net-zero target. Using sustainable materials, ensuring your office is energy efficient, choosing eco friendly furniture or using reclaimed products are great ways to ensure your office redesign is sustainable.

Collaboration

collaboration

Collaboration has become one of the major things the office needs to facilitate since our return from the pandemic. Working from home has shown that often collaboration can’t be replaced by a video conference or online chat and instead working together in a physical space yields much better results. By providing a variety of different collaboration spaces in your office redesign, both formal and informal, will support your employees to achieve their best standard of work as well as build strong and sustainable relationships.

Wellbeing

Ideagen

On average, your work force spend 40 hours per person in the office a week. Ensuring that your office redesign focuses on their wellbeing is essential in order to maximise productivity, profitability and employee satisfaction. Including biophilic design elements and other design features that cater to your employees needs will create an environment that promotes creativity, collaboration and an altogether better output.

Community and Culture

Community and culture

After spending too long separated from each other through the covid-19 pandemic, it is fair to say people are looking to come back together and socialise. Your office redesign should create a space that brings your team together to collaborate and create relationships, providing a space for socialising and entertainment not only will you attract and retain great talent but also get the best results from your team.

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What is a Cat B fit out?

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Understanding industry jargon can be confusing, especially when there’s a lack of standard definitions! In short, a Cat B office fitout creates a custom-made space that suits the client’s needs and requirements including all the extra ‘frills’ like plants and artwork. However, there’s much more to a Cat B fit out so continue reading for more.

Cat B fitouts are where interior spaces are shaped into the requirements for the end user. This can involve creating additional rooms, adding art to the walls and more.  Essentially, during this type of fitout floorplans come to life, finishes for furniture, walls and flooring are chosen, branding and company culture is added to the environment all creating a bespoke environment for the client, tailored to their needs and requirements.

A Cat B office fitout makes the space functional for the end user, as well as bringing the space to life. Essentially, this type of fitout is perfect for those who want a personalised workspace and are able to take the time for a commercial fitout company to understand their company culture, ethos and future plans.

What is typically included in a Cat B office fitout?

  • Partitioning
  • Doors
  • Finishes and branding
  • Carpets
  • Meeting rooms, conference rooms and break-out areas
  • Reception areas
  • Lighting
  • Kitchen facilities
  • IT, audio and visual equipment
  • Furniture

Interested in finding out about a Cat A fit out? Click here.

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Office Design Companies: Why do you need one?

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Professional & Functional Design

On average you spend around 40 hours per week in the office which equates to around over 2000 hours a year. While we may have all got used to working from home during Covid-19, many are returning to the office and realising how different the atmosphere is to working from home. Previously office were much more formal, rigid spaces that didn’t exactly promote productivity and collaboration. Recently, there has been a clear move towards an office that provides a variety of spaces so that employees can choose working environment most suited to the task at hand. Office design companies have the expert knowledge to create a professional and functional design to suit the needs of your business and your employees.

Save Time and Money

While you initial thoughts may be the office design companies will be more expensive than doing it yourself, this is not necessarily true. Office design companies have the experience that enables them to deliver exactly what you require without having to do any trails or make any mistakes. Not only will this save you time, as you wont have to try options to correct any errors but it will also save you money too as the process is very efficient.

Maximise Your Resources

Professional interior designers know what products and materials are available and which will be best for the design you want to create. They will also know which of those are high-quality but also budget friendly which can be very helpful to ensure longevity.

Clarity

Office design companies have the experience needed to understand your needs as a business and create a clear vision from that. It can often be overwhelming looking at design options and possibilities and seeing the wider picture can be difficult. They will help you to create a clear office design that supports your requirements.

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How to Create a Covid Secure Office

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The covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for touch to be reduced in order to create a Covid secure office. There are many things within the traditional workspace that need to be rethought in order to look after our health.

From shared to personal

Reducing the dependence on shared devices such as laptops and phones by making these personal items will support the office to become Covid secure. While this is not a high technology approach and can incur additional costs for businesses, it will reduce touch and as a result improve office safety.

Other ways to create a safe office are introducing Bluetooth entry systems and encouraging employees to have their own belongings such as keyboards, stationary etc in order to reduce sharing.

Actions

Replacing touch with actions is an easy way to create a Covid secure office. For example, rather than touching the soap dispenser, opting for one that is automatic based on gesture control is a better solution, this can also be replicated in door entry systems too.

Voice

We all have voice control devices at home whether that be for your lights, heating, radio and more, but have you considered bringing this into the workplace? Simple instructions such as ‘turn on the lights’, ‘open the door’, ‘order my lunch’, ‘turn on the radio’ are all possible by using voice controlled technology and will help to make your office Covid secure.

Face

Face recognition is another great way that you can reduce touch in your workspace. Many devices now have this function such as phones and laptops. This technology can also be used in door entry systems, booking meeting rooms or to create your perfect work space by having personal lighting, heating, or chair etc settings.

Essentially, the possibilities are endless in using technology to create a Covid secure office and it is likely that over time this will become ever more popular.

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Hotdesking: Tips to success

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While hotdesking has become very popular in workspaces post covid-19, it is not always favoured by all and requires planning to implement it successfully. Some employees can feel put out by it which has knock on effects in the work place so it is important to get it right.

How do you add hotdesking successfully?

Balance & Variety

Finding a free desk space when the office is busy can be a daunting experience for both new and old employees which means you will need the correct balance of hotdesking spaces to traditional desking areas as well as enough for the amount of employees you have. Not everyone should be using a hotdesking area – if the employee spends over 80% of their time in the office an assigned desk will be more appropriate. Understanding employee’s habits will be key to getting the right balance.

Providing a variety of different areas will also make it much more successful. Employees much prefer to choose their workspace depending on their task so a variety of areas will increase productivity and collaboration. Areas like private meeting rooms, collaboration areas, comfort spaces, private phone booths and break out areas are all very important to your employees.

Necessities

Providing your employees with all the small things they need to do their role successfully when hotdesking will make a massive difference. For example, ensuring each workstation has its own Bluetooth keyboard and mouse along with a monitor to plug into will make a real difference to how your employees feel. Extras such as wipes and stationary can also be provided to create a special touch.

Storage

One of the biggest concerns employees have with hotdesking is where do they put all their stuff? Files, paper, stationary etc are all important to getting your job done effectively so it can be a worry when hotdesking. Having filing systems, locker spaces and draws to put things in will help employees to enjoy the experience more.

Feedback

Once you’ve tried hotdesking for a period of time, it’s essential you are aware of how your employees feel about it. Speaking with employees to understand how it is affecting them, positively or negatively, and understanding any feedback they may have on how to improve hotdesking will be very useful.

Essentially, the purpose of hotdesking is to empower your team to make their own decisions on where they work to suit their needs. Giving options will support your employees to be productive, collaborate and be innovative in their roles.

 

To see examples of hotdesking spaces we have designed, click here.

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Why hire an office refurbishment company?

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While we all love to get involved in DIY and save some money, its probably not the best idea when it comes to a workspace refurbishment.

At Chameleon, we specialise in commercial interior design, office fit outs, furniture supply and installation, offering you a turnkey service. With over 22 years of expertise, we have helped some companies recover from renovation disasters and supported others to grow and develop.

Choosing an office refurbishment company is very important for a number of reasons, so here is why…

Design

Being supported with creative direction is a massive benefit of hiring an office refurbishment company. While you may already have a clear vision of what you require, extra help is always advised so you can consider alternative options ensuring you find the best one.

Quality

While we all like a good deal, ensuring quality and durability in your workspace is very important in order to get longevity out of your office refurbishment. An office refurbishment company will be able to provide you with valuable insight into the best products and materials suited to your needs while also budget friendly.

Communication

Have you considered what it would be like to be the middleman among multiple contractors while trying to do your day job too? Probably not ideal… Project managing a refurbishment is not ideal if you don’t have the time, knowledge or expertise required and you will likely incur issues and errors if this is the case.

Time

Clear and accurate time frames in your office refurbishment will be very beneficial to you and your staff in order to plan effectively and reduce uncertainty. By hiring an office refurbishment company, the responsibility is on them to deliver the project on time, meaning you can relax knowing it is not on your shoulders.

Costs

When it comes to costs, this can be a daunting part of an office refurbishment. An office refurbishment company will support you to determine a budget by analysing your requirements for the project and they will be able to outline any costs that you may not have considered.

If you’re considering an office refurbishment or have a questions to ask us, don’t hesitate to get in contact with us.

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Hybrid Working Office: What does it look like?

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Post the covid-19 pandemic, hybrid working has become a popular model of working supporting the needs of employees transitioning back into the workplace full time. However, it is likely to continue long after covid-19 meaning the traditional office must change into a hybrid working office.

The way employees use the office has massively changed. Working from home showed how, for solo tasks where concentration is required, it was a much more preferable option, but for problem-solving and innovative tasks, the office and the community at the office was greatly missed. As a result, post pandemic, the office took on a new role as a place to provide community, collaboration, sociability and innovation for employees.

How can we create a hybrid working office?

·       Collaboration Spaces

·       Meeting Rooms

·       Focus Areas

·       Comfort

·       Acoustic Solutions

Collaboration Spaces

It is likely that your employees will want to use the office for collaboration purposes. Working on group projects, finding solutions to problems or getting input from team members will be popular ways that employees will want to use the office as the same results can’t be achieved from remote working.

It is important that hybrid office caters to the needs of collaboration through specifically designed areas that will be useful for a variety of tasks.

Meeting Rooms

In the majority of businesses, meetings are very common and while we have all got used to online meetings over the past 18 months, it is more commonly preferred to hold meetings in person. The hybrid office needs to facilitate a variety of different meeting types – small, large, formal, informal, online attendees and so on.

Understanding your own meeting needs such as whether acoustic privacy is needed, whether visual privacy is needed, the size of the meetings, the length of the meetings, what additions are needed such as presentation facilitates or people being able to dial in to the meeting will all help to determine the variety of meeting spaces you will need from your hybrid working office.

Focus Areas

While some employees may prefer to work for home in times where they need to focus, this doesn’t mean that focus areas in the hybrid working office are obsolete. Focus areas provide calming spaces that will be useful to employees for a number of reasons such as the ability to escape when everyone else is collaborating, to go to when peace is needed or to have private conversations.

Areas such as single telephone booths, dedicated quiet rooms or seating booths will help to create a quiet and calming space perfect for focus and concentration.

Comfort

Creating a comfortable environment for your workforce is important. Many employees over the last 18 months have become used to working from their kitchen table, sofa, bedroom and so on and as a result of this have become used to working from comfortable spaces that suit the task they are doing.

Having a variety of different areas that range from the traditional types of workspaces to the more informal spaces will allow your employees to choose an area most suited to their task and needs.

Acoustic Solutions

Noise control in the hybrid office is very important. Over the last 10 years there has been a move towards a more cellular designed office space rather than completely open planned due to the noise ramifications. In a hybrid working office, noise can be a problem due to the amount of collaboration happening so considering acoustics is essential.

Acoustic baffles, wall panels, biophilic design and flooring are all ways that the acoustics in an office can be managed effectively creating a productive workspace.

To look at some of the hybrid working offices we have designed, click here.

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You Need an Office Refurbishment Company to Attract and Retain Talent!

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The average person spends around 40 hours a week in the office. That equates to around 2,080 hours a year. Research shows how workspace design significantly increases the attractiveness of an organisation for potential employees, especially when combined with an attractive company culture too. The workspace environment directly affects overall wellbeing and productivity making it an essential part of employee attraction.

What is a well designed workspace?

As an office refurbishment company, when we talk about a good workspace design what we mean is creating an office space that allows your company to function efficiently, effectively and supports your employees to be collaborative, innovative and productive.

Why do I need an office refurbishment company?

Workspace design can both increase or hamper success which directly affects your workforce. Employees now look to work from an office that supports their needs like wellbeing, comfort, success and collaboration. Essentially, the workspace design needs to provide more than a work from home office in order to attract and retain talent.

One study found that when salary is removed as a variable, an attractive workplace culture is the most influential factor in determining whether an individual is likely to accept a job or not, followed by workplace design, and then technology. It also found that an appealing workplace facilities consistently doubles the likelihood of a candidate choosing an employer regardless of the combination of other variables.

It’s not uncommon that candidates judge a business based on their first impressions of its workspace and they are naturally more inclined to choose a company that has a well designed workspace. As the battle to attract the best talent in your industry increases, good design can make a real difference when recruiting.

Good office design highlights to new and existing talent that your organisation cares about the needs and values of employees as makes your business something they want to be a part of.

To see some of the workspaces we have designed, click here.

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Climate Change: From a Commercial Interior Design Perspective

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The Chairman of Chameleon Business Interiors discusses how the commercial interior design industry needs to take responsibility for sustainability as the climate change crisis worsens.

Climate change has already had serious, observable effects on the environment. More frequent and extreme droughts and storms have been experienced along with wild bush fires, intense heat waves, unpredictable weather patterns, rising sea levels, warming oceans and more. Just as the scientists predicted, we are now experiencing these effects of climate change which are expected to worsen if change doesn’t happen.

The construction industry is responsible for 23% of air pollution, 40% of drinking water pollution, 50% of landfill waste and 50% of ozone depletion, according to a study conducted by Willmott Dixon, which is disturbingly high. Being part of the construction industry, it is important that we try to influence and lead change towards becoming a more sustainable industry as a whole.  Every single choice we make as commercial interior designers impacts climate change. Whether that be the materials, furniture or construction methods we choose, it all effects the environment.

I have always believed that what we put into our workspaces, influences health and well-being. Finishes, furniture, lighting and spatial arrangements all influence how you feel which carries, through into the work you do. With both sustainability and wellness at the forefront of our minds when designing spaces, it makes for a better quality of life for both humans and nature.

Sustainability in design is no longer an option, it is a necessity. With public engagement in climate change increasing, and the crisis itself worsening, it is becoming ever more important for the industry to take action towards becoming more sustainable; both the world needs it and the public expects it. As an organisation, one of our core values is integrity, meaning all of our decisions are based on strong moral principles which feeds into ensuring sustainability is at the forefront of our work.

Workspaces now need to focus around sustainability as well as employees. They need to have a low carbon impact as well as catering to the human needs of variety, collaboration and comfort. It is inevitable, especially after the Covid-19 pandemic, that workspaces will needs to change, accommodating cultural, societal changes and evolving organisational needs which incurs a carbon cost. I recommend that it is carefully considered how you ‘spend’ your carbon and whether it is as sustainable as possible.

Designing with longevity, flexibility and a low carbon impact in mind, will ensure the most ethical and sustainable ways of redesigning your office interior. Additionally, interior designers have power through specification. Checking that suppliers are sustainable, using sustainable materials or making changes towards becoming more sustainable will help to promote change within the industry.

What are you doing to become more sustainable and drive the industry towards change?

Shaun Watts, Chairman of Chameleon Business Interiors