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McCain HQ

McCain HQ: Chameleon behind the transformation

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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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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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Planet-U

Planet-U office space totally transformed in just six weeks

By News, Office Interiors

Planet-U Energy is the UK’s fastest-growing renewable energy company whose mission is to make renewable energy totally transparent. The team – which has been based in Leeds since it was founded in 2018 – instructed us to assist them with their move to a larger office space in 6 East Parade, Leeds!

We worked closely with their team to gain an in-depth understanding of their company values and vision for the future, in order to design and create a workspace that focused on natural colours and materials, bringing the outside in – in just 6 week.

Here’s what Fiona, our interior designer on this project had to say: “It was great to work with the team at Planet-U to really understand what was important to them and how we could incorporate their brand and values into the workspace.

“To capture their ethos of “better energy, pure and simple” it was essential to bring the outdoors in by using subtle tones, natural finishes and biophilic design to achieve a stripped back and honest interior.”

Working quickly and efficiently we were able to design, fit-out and furnish their project in just a number of weeks, all whilst negotiating tightening lockdown restrictions across the UK. The new workspace will provide Planet-U’s team with the much-needed room to grow as they continue with their recruitment drive and vision of being the UK’s first exclusively renewable energy broker!

Grant Nicolson, CEO of Planet-U Energy said: “Chameleon has truly helped us create a space that works for us. We’re a fast-paced ambitious company and after contracting Chameleon to help us move into our new office space, all within six weeks of signing the lease to moving in, we couldn’t be happier with how they met the challenge of the task. We’re really happy with the end result and can’t wait for clients and staff to see it!”

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flexible workspace

The importance of flexible workspace

By Chameleon, News, Office Design

Now more than ever it is important to have a flexible workspace. Whether the need for flexibility comes in the form of areas for staff to collaborative or the ability to efficiently socially distance, workspace proxemics are an important element to consider when designing an office space that can adapt to the demands of its users.

Proxemics is the study of human use of space and the effects that population density has on behaviour, communication, and social interaction. It goes without saying that a loud overcrowded office isn’t the ideal environment for communication and productivity! Since the outbreak of COVID-19 back in March many of us have seen the way we work drastically change, and with social distancing measures becoming mandatory we have all had to adjust. For many organisations, the number of employees safely allowed in their office drastically reduced overnight leading to staff working remotely from home. But global pandemic or not, the priority of a space should always remain the same, the people who work there.

At Chameleon we believe in designing for people, not a pandemic, and have been designing flexible people inspired workspaces for over 20 years. Each space we design takes proxemics into account and is tailored around our clients’ company culture and the well-being of the employees that work within it. By working to this mantra, we have created spaces that have enabled our clients to successfully adapt to the ever-changing guidelines relating to COVID-19 and allow for vital human interaction to continue safely.

Our designers Kev and Fiona have shared some top tips for designing a flexible space:

Multi-purpose Furniture

By introducing multi-purpose furniture you’re able to give a space a variety of uses, booths are a great example of this.  Booths not only provide the perfect space for a meeting or to take a break but they can also be used as an alternative working area should desk space become limited.  Booths also permit a natural, physical separation for social distancing providing the short-term solution for social distancing instead of acrylic screens. Our designers recently used the JDD Bob booth in a project we completed in Sheffield for First Group to add flexibility to their workspace, check it out…

Modern technology to provide better connectivity

Providing ample connection points throughout the space allows staff to work from a variety of locations, rather than just their nominated desk. By including sockets, USB points, server connections and additional WAP points in communal areas, staff can move freely and you can get more use out of the space. This also applies to AV hook-ups, providing these in areas other than your designated meeting areas you can create more space appropriate for presentations or larger meetings. having the right connections and technology available such as a Smart TV or Apple AirPlay for your staff enables you to transform breakout areas or communal spaces into flexible spaces perfect for collaboration and increased productivity.

Separate space with moveable dividers

Space dividers such as moveable walls and screens on wheels enable a space to be transformed. These are a particularly great addition to meeting rooms so that they can be divided into smaller areas or opened to create a large area for staff to collaborate. In July of this year, we handed over Victory Leisure’s new customer experience centre. Their team were looking for somewhere they could bring clients to impress, but also somewhere their team could collaborate and brainstorm ideas. Check out the flexible space we created for them…

Utilise all your space – even if it’s outdoors

Outdoor areas can not only be a great way to boost staff morale (especially on a sunny day when no one wants to be stuck indoors!) but also allow staff to effectively social distance due to being able to maintain closer working proximity in open-air. Whether you have land around your building or an unused roof space there are so many options for transforming it into a brilliant extension to your workspace. Check out this space we created for Hugh Rice

If you’re interested in transforming your workspace into a flexible hub for collaboration and productivity – get in touch with our team here

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EEI

Chameleon go green with three-year university contract

By Chameleon, News

Chameleon Business Interiors has been appointed for a three-year contract with The University of Hull, securing the first project to design and fit-out the new EEI at Hull University.

Located in the Chemical Engineering Building, the university is looking to provide an innovative and modern open-plan workspace to further drive the successful institute, placing a strong focus on the health and wellbeing of the team.

Chameleon will work on all aspects of the design process, to ultimately provide a modern, functional interior that is immediately ready for use.

With sustainability being a key element in the design, 100% recyclable carpets have been sourced from carbon neutral business – Interface, alongside eco-friendly fabrics from Camira Fabrics. Plants will be a focal point within the design, which will help to purify the air within the Centre. The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of September this year.

Once finished, the Energy and Environment Centre will be used as an example of what can be achieved at the university – showcasing the benefits of open-plan working. This is the first step in creating a more agile working environment across Hull University, as they look to remove the cellular offices across the campus.

Established in 2016, the Energy and Environment Institute gathers leading scientists together to conduct impactful research into the global challenges that currently surround climate change, and its potentially devastating consequences. This includes focusing on predicting how the world’s climate will affect communities to ensure that people can carve out a sustainable future.

Kevin McIntosh, Head of Design at Chameleon Business Interiors, says about the project: “We view this as a fantastic opportunity to work with the university and the EEI department in creating a tailormade solution to support their needs, enhancing their productivity and enabling them to grow with a design centred towards sustainability and wellness in the workplace.”

Professor Dan Parsons, Director of the EEI at The University of Hull, says: “The Energy and Environment Institute is at the forefront of innovation and research in some of the biggest challenges our planet faces today.

“We are a hub for research across campus, working with businesses, organisations and communities across the world to seek out ideas, systems and solutions that will tackle a range of issues – from flooding and cutting carbon emissions to renewable energy and waste management. It’s important that we have an inspirational collaborative space to do that and we are delighted to be working with Chameleon Business Interiors to achieve that.”

 

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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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Perkopolis

Chameleon Business Interiors expand overseas portfolio with Perkopolis

By Chameleon, News, Uncategorised

We have collaborated with perks company Perkopolis on the relocation of their head office to celebrate our joint 20-year anniversary.

 

The refresh, for which employee health and wellbeing was paramount, has seen Perkopolis move into an office space that was designed for the company’s needs and brand personality. With a rapidly growing workforce, it was essential to provide the team with an internal meeting space that sparked creativity when working on new projects and exciting new initiatives.

 

Perkopolis

The perks company also prioritised the importance of incorporating as much natural light as possible within the office. The aim was to keep the team feeling refreshed, boost creativity and increase concentration levels, as to provide a space for staff to take a break from their desks in a café type environment that encourages socialising and conversation. This focus on health and wellbeing aligns with both Chameleon and Perkopolis’ key values – reflecting how they provide services to clients.

 

Morgan Marlowe, Founder & CEO of Perkopolis, said:

Perkopolis

“Refurbishing our office has been a huge milestone, and was the perfect way to celebrate 20 years in business. It’s such an opportune time to have our brand showcased in a space that fits our personality, and we look forward to hosting our vendors, suppliers and partners, as well as business events in the future.

“The whole process with Chameleon Business Interiors was seamless. They offered us an all-inclusive solution, and it was wonderful to avoid working with multiple suppliers. It was such a relief to still be able to run my business and not worry about the small details.

“Our new space is so inviting – the best part is that when guests walk in, they all love it!”

 

Perkopolis is Canada’s leading provider of fully managed perk programs, currently used by over 2,000 organisations. Continuously sourcing exclusive, high value offers, rewards and benefits, all offers are exclusive and only available to members of their partner businesses.

Founded in 1998, we are specialists in office design, office refurbishments, office relocations, office redesigns and fit-outs. We provide a complete range of interior design & contracting solutions for commercial office interiors; including space planning, workplace analysis, furniture supply and installation. As well as our office in Toronto, we also have UK offices in the cities of Hull, Birmingham, Leeds and Newcastle. Like Perkopolis, we are celebrating 20-years in business this year, undertaking a range of charity activities, team building experiences and celebrating our success. 

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