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

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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 expands it’s team with three new hires

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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

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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

Say hello to Sarah, our new Business Development Manager

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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!

 

Why your workspace needs to change post pandemic

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Our homes have had to work extra hard to support us over the last year, providing us not only with comfort, space to relax and refresh but also to work. It’s time for our workspaces to step up and do the same. With around 1/3 of our lives spent working it’s important to make sure our workspace is the perfect environment to support our team, inspire them and help them grow.

Prior to the pandemic offices typically consisted of…

• Fixed desks
• Focus on maximising capacity
• A small amount of circulation space
• Support for in-office workers

Workspaces now have to work harder to support their occupants, who over the past 12 months have become accustomed to working flexibly from home. A workspace for the future now needs…

• Flexible desking
• Focus on employee wellbeing
• Remote working technology
• Socialisation areas
• More circulation space

We spoke to our design team to hear their thoughts on the post pandemic office, here’s what they had to say:

“The pandemic has reminded us of the benefits of coming into an office: the opportunity for collaboration, socialising and idea-sharing. But our workspaces now need to give employees the freedom to work in a way that’s productive but also flexible.

“With many of us spending so much of our time at home this year, I definitely expect to see a shift in commercial interiors towards a more domestic feel, becoming commonly referred to as ‘resi-mercial’. We’ll be looking to designate a larger amount of floor space to breakout and collaboration areas, ‘pods’ and zones, as well as high benches to allow for standing desks, hot desking opportunities and further integration of technology.” Interior Designer, Fiona Thornham.

“It’s been a tough year for everyone. I think a lot of us have really seen the value in protecting our mental health and I believe that workspace design will really take this new appreciation on board. A lot of our recent designs have looked to bring the outside in with planting, exposed natural finishes and muted tones. This approach creates a space that inspires higher levels of concentration and lower levels of stress.” Head of design, Kevin McIntosh.

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Planet-U’s new office space totally transformed in just six weeks

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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!”

Interested in what our team could do for you? Find out more here

Chameleon achieve their first Gold SKA Rating for project!

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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.

Trend Talk: Commercial Interiors in 2021

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2020 has been an unpredictable year from start to finish and I think it’s safe to say no one really knows what 2021 has in store for us. One thing we do know for sure is that businesses have had to adapt rapidly to keep up with the changes in government guidance and the health and wellbeing of their employees.

The past few years we’ve seen many organisations making the move to remote and agile working, something that the COVID-19 pandemic has certainly accelerated for the rest of the industry. With social distancing, working from home and Teams meetings becoming the new norm, we asked our in-house team of designers what they expect to see in commercial interiors in 2021…

Our head of design, Kevin McIntosh said: “It’s been a really tough year for everyone. I think a lot of us have really seen the value in protecting our mental health and I believe that workspace design will really take this new appreciation on board, with a more honest approach to design.

“In order to evolve, employers need to seriously consider wellness principles and biophilic design in 2021. A lot of our recent designs have looked to bring the outside in with planting and exposed natural finishes including brick, concrete and steel and muted tones. With the thought of returning to the office causing anxiety for a lot of people, this approach creates a space that people actually want to spend time in – and inspires higher levels of concentration and productivity with lower levels of stress.”

Kevin added: “I’m noticing that more manufacturers are using recycled ocean plastics and environmentally conscious materials in their products, which is really encouraging to see. In a ‘nothing is lost, everything is transformed’ trend, upcycling or repurposing office furniture is something designers should always consider when creating a ‘new’ space.”

“I’m hopeful that next year, we’ll see a real commitment by companies to create sustainable workspaces designed for the future.”

Fiona Thornham, interior designer said: “This year was a huge wakeup call for a lot of people in the industry. Designing for people, not only a pandemic, with long-term sustainable considerations and a proxemics-based approach is certainly the way forward – into what will hopefully be a more stable 2021 for us all!”

“With many of us spending so much of our time at home this year, I definitely expect to see a shift in commercial interiors towards a more domestic feel, becoming commonly referred to as ‘resi-mercial’.” continued Fiona.

“The pandemic has reminded us of the benefits of coming into an office: the opportunity for collaboration, human interaction and idea-sharing. But our workspaces now need to give employees the freedom to work in a way that best suits them.”

 

Thinking of transforming in your workspace in 2021? Get in touch with us here!

 

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5 reasons why your workspace still matters

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With many of us back working from home after the new restrictions were announced in the UK this week, offices across the country are empty – providing the perfect opportunity to invest!

Here are just some of the reasons why your workspace is important, including benefits to your team’s mental health and productivity…

1. Communication

Getting your team together (even if they are 2m apart) encourages quick, creative and spontaneous idea-sharing. It also eliminates the miscommunication that often happens over email!

2. Balance

WFH can make it difficult to separate work and home life. Travelling to a communal workspace allows your brain to enter ‘work mode’ and when you leave ‘home mode’ which can not only prevent burn out but also benefit your mental health.

3. Culture

An office environment can be a great place to form friendships. Spending time with team members across your organisation helps build morale and team culture, encouraging productivity and engaging your employees!

4. Routine

Having a routine can have a number of health and wellbeing benefits. It’s not just about travelling to and from your workspace, but how it shapes your day for other activities including meeting with friends for lunch or going to the gym on the way home.

5. Focus

Workspaces provide the perfect environment for focusing on your work. Although working from home can sound relaxing, it’s not always the case, especially when working around family or young children who may be home from school.

Get in touch with our team to discuss your project today – HERE

 

Chameleon goes ‘back to school’ with latest project

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Over the last few months we have been transforming a 19th century building at Hull’s oldest independent school – Hymers College – balancing contemporary and classic design to create a fresh, welcoming new space!

The sixth form common room, headmaster’s office and reception area with accompanying offices needed a significant refresh, so Hymers enlisted us to provide full design, fit-out, refurbishment and furniture services.

Fiona Thornham, interior designer said: “The spaces just weren’t appealing, they were looking a little tired and needed a new lease of life – so that’s exactly what they’ve been given!

“We’ve worked hard to create a bright, modern feel, celebrating the heritage and character of the Grade II listed building while also bringing in comfortable, practical and aesthetically pleasing elements that ‘lift’ the spaces.

“The sixth form space has seen the biggest transformation and looks absolutely fantastic. There’s now a contemporary kitchen area with vibrant tiles and a high bench area – perfect for students to gather at lunch or break times.

“We’ve broken up space with a variety of workspaces and collaboration areas, as well as a selection of different industrial-inspired lighting designs, flooring and partitions. This has added real dimension to space and makes it feel really young and modern.

“We incorporated screening to breakdown the space but also maintain visibility. Additional power points were added to provide the extra space needed to charge students’ all-important devices – such as mobile phones, iPads and laptops”

“We started the project in July, so were careful to negotiate all that lockdown threw our way! But we always design for people first, keeping ‘proxemics’ in mind at every step of the process. So all of our decisions are made to create timeless spaces that ‘work’ whenever they’re developed – whether that’s pre, mid or post-pandemic!

“We’re incredibly pleased with the outcome. Students will be wanting to stay at school for longer!”

Justin Stanley, headmaster of Hymers said: “The students were blown away when they first saw the new common room. It’s been completely transformed and we’re delighted with the new look.”

“My new office and the revitalised reception area now feel refreshed and fit for purpose, as we reopen for a new academic year.”

You can check out more of this project here: Hymers College