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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.

Want to chat to our design team about your workspace? Click here to get in touch today! 

Chameleon behind the transformation of McCain HQ

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.

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

Say hello to David, our new Senior Project Manager!

By Chameleon, News

This week we welcome David Creek to team Chameleon as part of our latest recruitment drive. David joins us as our Senior Project Manager working alongside Richard and Harry to ensure the smooth running of our sites across the UK.

We caught up with David to ask him a few questions about himself and his new position:

Tel us about your new role! I will be working on the management of multiple projects across the UK. This will see me getting involved in the planning, organising of our sites and also directing the completion of specific projects, ensuring they are completed on time and we leave the client excited.

What are you looking forward to most about working for team Chameleon? I am really looking forward to the new challenges and learning more about the company’s culture and values. The team seem great and I am excited to be part of it as we continue to grow!

Tell me a fun fact about yourself! I enjoy long romantic walks to the beer fridge!

We wish David the best of luck in his new role and are delighted to welcome him to the team!

 

Spotlight on: Ideagen

By Chameleon, Office Design, Office Interiors

In the summer of 2020 we completed the design, fit-out and refurbishment of tech giant Ideagen’s 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.”

You can check out more of this project here: Ideagen

 

Welcome to the team, Tom!

By Chameleon, News

Yesterday we welcomed Tom to our project team as our new Estimator!

Tom will be working hard behind the scenes of our projects to ensure that we continue to provide the best service possible for our all clients across the UK.

We caught up with Tom on his first day to find out what he was looking forward to most about being part of team Chameleon, here’s what he had to say:

‘I am really looking forward to working with the wider team to increase the number of estimates we are completing as a business and ultimately bring in more work. Chameleon’s values and vision for the future really appealed to me, as did their track record of delivering excellent quality projects, but it was the focus on the people that I found really refreshing. Without the people, you don’t have a business!

As always we asked Tom to dish the details on what he gets up to in his spare time…

“I really enjoy walking and like most of us, am so ready for the return of pubs, socialising and live music! I am married with two children; Niamh and Holly, and so my weekends are spent with them on our allotment or visiting friends and family (when it’s safe to do so!)”

Welcome to the team, Tom!

 

Savills’ new workspace at The Lumen, Newcastle

By News, Office Interiors

Savills’ new flagship office based at The Lumen, in the heart of Newcastle Helix – is now complete!

Working alongside Fiona Collier at Bluesky Design and M J Phoenix & Son, our team sourced and installed the entire suite of furniture for the 3,000 sq ft space.

Stand out pieces from the relocation project included bespoke veneered boardroom tables in Birds Eye maple with a crown-cut maple border, the tables unique ‘domino’ design allows them to be reconfigured side by side and end-on whilst retailing the same pattern.

“It was a pleasure to be part of Savills’ relocation into one of the city’s newest and most notable addresses” said Pat, our North East Business Development Manager.

“The finished space is an incredible mix of flexible workspaces for employees. The designs for meeting booths, lounge areas, high benches, quiet rooms and formal meeting rooms, along with detailed specifications on textures and form, meant we were able to really get creative with our choice of furniture. We sourced and commissioned some beautiful and functional pieces, many of which were bespoke to fit with fabric specifications and dimension.

“Every interior design project has its own set of logistical challenges, especially during a global pandemic. Our team worked quickly and efficiently to ensure all social distancing guidelines were adhered to and the project was delivered not only safely but to our usual high standard. We worked closely with suppliers ensuring that the deliveries where staggered to keep contact to a minimum, without compromising on the project timeline. The finished result is absolutely something to be proud of.”

You can view more of the completed project here: Savills, The Lumen

 

Welcome to the team, Phoebe

By Chameleon, News

Today we welcome Phoebe to team Chameleon as our assistant administrator.

Phoebe will be working under our business support manager Sam to ensure our projects are delivered on time and will be based at our HQ on Hull Marina. Alongside her new role in the team, Phoebe will also be completing her Business Administration Apprenticeship in partnership with Hull College.

“I’m really excited to be starting my career at Chameleon and working with Sam to assist our design team and project delivery team with the delivery of our projects. As well as supporting Sam I will be attending training at Hull College to achieve my Level 3 Business Administration qualification. I can’t wait to get started!”

As always when we introduce new members to our team at Chameleon, we asked Phoebe for a few fun facts about herself. She said: “In my spare time I like to watch lots of Netflix. I am a huge comedy fan and love to binge-watch a good TV show – a couple of my favourites are Friends, Modern Family and Brooklyn 99. I am also a big Harry Potter fan and a proud Hufflepuff supporter. When I’m not relaxing in front of the TV you can usually find me online shopping, I can’t resist a good sale!”

Welcome to the team, Phoebe!

 

Congratulations Sam, our new Business Support Manager

By Chameleon, News

2020 was a fantastic year of growth at Chameleon, something that is continuing in 2021.

Sam has been working super hard behind the scenes for over 4 years to ensure that our projects are delivered on time and we think that deserves some kind of recognition.

We are delighted to announce that Sam has been promoted to our Business Support Manager. During her time at Chameleon she has completed a range of training in order to further her skills including a degree in Business Management and has become an integral part of our team. Her new role will see her take on the management of other team members, something we know she will be great at!

Congratulations Sam! Here’s what she had to say about her new role:

“I am really looking forward to the challenges that my new role will bring. Not only do I love what I do and the projects I get to work on but I honestly couldn’t ask for a nicer bunch of people to do it with, the team behind Chameleon really is great – here’s to the future!”