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Is your workspace ready to attract and retain the top talent in your industry?

By Chameleon, Office Design, Office Interiors, Uncategorised

Flexible working is becoming a major consideration for professionals seeking a new role post pandemic…

New research has shown that more than half of UK professionals consider flexibility of hours or location to be more significant when seeking a new role than it was before the pandemic, whilst 38% thought that workplace culture would play a greater role!

While the majority (68%) said flexibility about work location had improved during the pandemic, and more than half (57%) said flexibility of hours had got better, attitudes towards workplace culture were less positive – only a third of respondents said the quality of their company’s culture had improved in the pandemic, with 20% saying it had declined.

Workspaces now have to adapt to suit the changing needs of their users, including introducing technology to make flexible working more accessible for everyone.

Find out more about how we can transform your workspace into a flexible hub that encourages collaboration and inspires team culture here!

 

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 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

 

Chameleon expands it’s team with three new hires

By Uncategorised

We are growing our team again with the appointment of three new hires!

In case you missed their intros earlier in the month here’s a quick recap for you. Tom joins us as our estimator, Sarah as business development manager for the Midlands and Phoebe is setting out on her career, joining us as part of an advanced apprenticeship.

Shaun Watts, chairman, said: “We’ve had a really good 12 months at Chameleon, securing projects across the UK for prestigious clients across a range of sectors. There have been pandemic-related challenges, of course, but we’ve continued to build on our reputation of great results to deliver even more fantastic projects.

“As a consequence, the business continues to expand, and I know Tom, Sarah and Phoebe will bring yet more knowledge to the team. I’m particularly delighted that we were able to welcome Phoebe on board, allowing us to support the next generation of industry professionals through a specialist apprenticeship.

“The next 12 months are looking even better – so much so that our recruitment continues and we’re now looking for another interior designer and a buyer to join the team. It’s an exciting time to join the business and I wish Tom, Sarah and Phoebe the best of luck in their new roles.”

Phoebe Barbour, our new apprentice, added: ‘I’m most looking forward to seeing Chameleon’s projects through from start to completion. As part of my apprenticeship, I’ll be learning how the business works and runs effectively, including a focus on admin, finance and sales. The team have been so welcoming, and whilst the majority of my time will be based out of the Hull office, I am really looking forward to getting out to some site visits across the country.”

Thomas Wormleighton, estimator, commented: “I’m joining Chameleon with over 15 years’ experience in the construction industry. It was Chameleon’s vision and track record for delivering excellent quality projects that really attracted me to the role.

“I’m confident my experience in estimating and project managing will be a valuable addition to the team as they continue to land and deliver some really inspiring clients. I’ll be focussed on increasing the number of estimations we can deliver and using my background in IT to streamline a number of processes. It’s a pleasure to be working with a team whose focus rests so heavily on people.”

Sarah Lister, who will be looking after our growing presence in the Midlands and East of England, added: “After just over five years working with and for manufacturers, I was well aware of Chameleon as a leader in the interiors space. I’m delighted to be joining the team and in my role as business development manager, I’ll be focusing predominantly on securing larger scale projects and clients in the Midlands and East of England.”

If you are interested in joining the team at Chameleon drop us an email at info@c-b-i.co.uk with your CV and why you’re up for the challenge!

From redundant factory space to fun and functional workspace

By Uncategorised

Work has now completed at Groupe Atlantic’s new office space at its Ideal Heating premises on National Avenue in Hull.

Our team provided the design, fit-out and furniture services, transforming a storage space of the factory into a fun, flexible and inspiring work environment for their operations team. Here’s what our interior designer, Fiona had to say:

“I am so pleased with the result of this project! We chose a range of light colours and materials to keep it looking as bright and vibrant as possible. By adding the mezzanine floor we have given the team some much needed space for meeting and training, whilst also providing the perfect view into the factory where they manufacture over 3,000 boilers per day.

“It was really important for us to work closely with the team at Groupe Atlantic to understand what was missing from their current space. We incorporated two modern kitchen facilities into the design that also double up as a socialisation and break out area for their team.

“Originally they were working in separate spaces that had become crowded overtime. We are so pleased we have been able to provide them with a space that will bring the team back together again, especially after many of them have been working remotely for a number of months.”

Kris Spivey, industrial engineer at Groupe Atlantic added: “Chameleon has created a space that will really bring our teams together again. Chameleon paid careful attention to our brief, delivering a space that not only looks fantastic but gives our team everything they asked for. We couldn’t be happier with the way the space has turned out and how their team managed the restrictions imposed by working so closely to our manufacturing line. We can’t wait to get the team back in to enjoy it!”

You can check out the completed project here: Ideal Heating

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

 

Say hello to Sarah, our new Business Development Manager

By Chameleon, News, Uncategorised

This week we welcome Sarah Lister to team Chameleon as our new Business Development Manager for the midlands. Here’s what she had to say about her new role:

“‘It’s great to be joining Chameleon at such an exciting time for the business. Having already worked in the industry for a number of years I’m now looking forward to getting to grips with fit-out on a much larger scale. I was super impressed by the projects Chameleon have delivered and I can’t wait to get involved in some great projects with the rest of the team!”

 As always when we introduce new members to our team at Chameleon, we asked Sarah to tell us a bit about herself: “I’m a dog lover, Frenchies are my favourite as I have a cutie of my own at home. In my spare time I like to focus on my fitness and jet off on sunny holidays (when Boris lets us obviously!)”

Welcome to the team Sarah!