Another lockdown delivery success

This is Get Living in Stratford
Specifically, this is their new marketing suite at East Village.

Our design saw us appointed from a three way pitch to deliver this amazing space in the heart of the Get Living East Village. Inspired by the surrounding space and the very values of the village, this is what Get Living have to say:

Space to play. Space to train. Space to dream. This is not the London living you know. With 25 acres of parks and wetlands, East Village is a place to breathe the air and get active. Even our gigs and gatherings take place outdoors. Inspired by the amazing facilities of London 2012 on our doorstep, and by the legacy that lives on in every building, life at East Village is on a bigger scale.

An amazing showcase
With it’s own set of challenges

From the high ceilings to the delay in raw materials and everything between, this project is testament to the resourcefulness of our onsite teams, our subcontractors and adaptable designers to deliver a space that boasts a meeting room filled with natural daylight, a private meeting pod set amongst plants from above and below, the apex lounge with furniture from our friends at Orangebox, Allermuir, Frovi and Rawside.

The main feature comes in the ford of a bespoke designed (by our team) Clarke Rendall reception and coffee bar, finished in Chromix Egger and topped with a glorious single piece Corian surface.

The return of the workplace: cultivating a new normal safely

Read about the considerations you need to make in the workplace for a happy, healthy and adapted professional environment.

Within a matter of months, the world changed…
The workplace as we know it, was no more.

Going to work was cancelled, and instead, it was replaced with pyjama video conferences, too many FaceTimes with nana and not quite enough 9am Instagram PE sessions to keep off those corona stones.

Can you even remember what the workplace was like before the pandemic?

As an employer, the chances are you have done nothing but think about not only how your workspace is, but how it is going to be in a post-pandemic world?

How can you ensure that staff are kept safe even with the new 1m distance rule?

How can you reassure employees and keep them feeling comfortable and able to do their jobs well?

Nothing yet, is certain. However, there are some key considerations you can make as an employer to be well prepared. Think about the following points to prepare your workplace and your staff as much as possible during such an uncertain time…

Reach out
How Are Your Team Doing?

You need to understand what your team’s feelings, expectations and experiences are. What have they been through during lockdown? What are their individual concerns? What vulnerabilities or challenges do specific employees have?

Setting up a way for your team to openly communicate with you is important. This could be done through 1-2-1 video calls or phone calls, or with a digital survey, depending on your preferences.

You may also wish to allow anonymous questions or concerns to be posed, so that staff aren’t worried about being penalised for voicing their worries.

Moving forward your staff need to be able to express their concerns freely. HSE and Citizens Advice have reported huge surges in enquiries about safe working practises from staff returning to work recently.

“At the core of healthy team relationships is trust and respect.” – Jim Highsmith

Staff should feel comfortable at work. For that to happen you have to first properly communicate how things in your workspace work now and maintain those rules across the board. Then, allow staff to continue to let you know if they have any concerns or worries.

Your work environment has to be safe to bring employees back into it
How are you going to overcome the practical challenges of hygiene and social distancing?

There is no getting away from your responsibility as an employer to ensure your staff can return to work safely.

You’ll want to assess how to:

  • Contact your building landlord about the shared responsibility of the buildings communal areas and ensuring they are suitable for use
  • Enable 1m social distancing within the workplace with options like: split rotas, lower maximum attendance capacities, physical barriers and single/ spaced desks
  • Implement remote working across the board where possible for workload and completion flexibility
  • Communicate how employees interact with the work environment with the changes using signage, helpful tools and equipment
  • Provide adequate hygiene facilities whilst enabling social distancing
  • Ensure any shared facilities like the kitchen comply with social distancing rules
  • Shut down any areas that cannot be deemed safe at this time

You can also find a lot of industry specific safety guidance from the government here.

There’s plenty of people to help
It may seem like a lot to get right, but it’s absolutely doable.

There are so many innovative solutions to ensure your office adapts to the necessary changes. If you are unsure, there are companies who can help you.

Office construction experts with agile expertise are able to work around any challenge, they have been doing that for years already.

Each and every company is unique in their needs, and the coronavirus is just another new challenge to boost innovation within the world of agile working. Don’t underestimate the options available to you, and the many new products available to help make it work, and work well.

Even more importantly, using agile methods applied with the right expertise and ingenuity will ensure that your office is able to continue to adapt and remain flexible for the foreseeable future.

When will we return to normal?
There is no returning to normal

Instead a continued need to be consistently problem solving well. Times will remain changeable. The smartest companies will provide a safe workplace for staff whilst remaining forward-thinking at all times, ready to adjust accordingly at every new hurdle.

“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.” – Stephen Hawking

You have your people. As long as they remain at the heart of what you do, you’re golden. You have to adjust, you have to change, but the core of your business will grow because of this. Your post-epidemic business will strengthen.

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The importance of office branding

Find out why branding matters, especially when it comes to your office and how you inspire your staff.

Let us begin…
Branding means marketing your company using a wide variety of practises such as logos, colour schemes, symbols and tone of voice to differentiate your business from others.

Branding is important because it enables your brand to be remembered by all who interact with it in some way. It also tells the story of who your business is, what you stand for and what you offer. Good branding helps you standout from competitors, ensuring you are perceived in the way you truly want to be.

One area that many businesses miss the mark with when it comes to branding, is in their office decor. The focus of brand strength goes outwards, and the powerhouse where the ideas and inspiration, creativity and growth begin, is forgotten.

It’s not just for the “big boys”
Branding is about culture & connectivity

Anybody who has been to the Google or Facebook offices knows that there is a strong brand presence throughout, from the colour schemes and activity based working areas, to the culture of providing free food and drinks to staff.

There is huge attention to detail and that is what makes the leading brands stand out. These companies understand exactly how important the office decor is to those working in that environment, and those visiting that environment to potentially do big business.

Take a look around. Is your office currently somewhere positively oozing with your brand? Do you feel inspired when you walk around your building? Do you know for sure that any employee or potential client walking in instantly gets a strong overview of your company values without having to do anything but look around?

Find out why branding matters, especially when it comes to your office and how you inspire your staff.

Your Office Shouldn’t Just be Where You Are, But Who You Are
In the office you expect big ideas to be born.

You expect amazing business deals to be made. You expect staff to work hard and feel inspired by the company. They won’t get that from a few pot plants and some nice furniture to sit on. A branded work environment is a great way to create a visual representation of who you are so that anyone who walks through those doors gets a complete picture of your business.

Your office is more than a place, it is a helm and a hotbed of exciting ideas and growth. Show your imagination and aspirations for the future of the brand with all aspects of the office, from scent to sound, visuals to verbal – attention to detail in office decor will only reflect what matters to the business.

Office Branding Matters To Employees
These days, more than 1.54 million people work remotely from home.

Candidates no longer need to be local and can essentially be anywhere on the globe. That is fantastic for you looking for the best talent in the industry, but it also means more competition for your business as the best candidates can work for anyone they want to across the globe.

To be a more attractive prospect you can’t simply offer more money these days. Statistics tell us that the top priority for potential employees is career development and learning. The second priority though, is the organisation culture and work environment. To inspire the best talent to work for you, a fantastic branded environment to work in is a really great starting point.

Brand Consistency Should Begin In Your Office
Nearly 100% of consumers search for local businesses online, so it makes sense that increasing online presence is a priority for most companies.

However, that doesn’t mean that the physical space your company works in should be ignored. Your brand image and tone should be reflected in your office design. A workspace consultant can work with your business to creatively and effectively incorporate all aspects of your brand into your office space. It shouldn’t simply be a visual makeover, but rather, a refit that encompasses the past, present and future of the brand, nurturing the kind of culture and environment you truly feel reflects your brand and its values.

Inspiring Your Workforce To Drive The Brand Forward
At the very least, a comfortable and healthy work environment is important for employees.

A recent study told us that a massive 87% of workers would like a healthier workspace, including ergonomic seating. Employee productivity and creativity can also be deeply enhanced by an inspiring environment. You can find out more in this interesting article by Harvard Business, which looks in detail at the affect of a working environment on an employee. Data they look at, amongst many interesting finds, suggests that rather than reducing square footage that is wasted, companies are better off reworking the space. Creating an inspirational branded workspace will provide a strong base for employees to drive your brand forward.

“How do you change the world? Bring people together. Where is the easiest big place to bring people together? In the work environment.”
Adam Neumann

Branding in the work environment is an essential factor to consider when you plan your next office-refit. Speak to a workplace consultant who knows how to make your office decor truly represent your business in the way that it works, and looks. With an educated and experienced insight, the right office branding can enhance brand consistency, employee creativity and business growth.

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What does the office return look like?

A safe return to the office is on the forefront of everyone’s mind.
We are here to help offer advice and support to return your staff to the office safely.

After a global disruption that we have all experienced there is a need for a clear and decisive strategy for business leaders to begin to return staff back to the office, assuring them they are safe & their health & wellbeing is a priority in the office environment.

Our approach will look at the return transition from a practical, physical, mental, social & an emotional point of view. Here are some tips that form the basis for the support we are providing businesses to get return ready.

Consider the working space you have.
Re-space plan your office & establish flexible working:
  • Remote work options
  • Alternate shifts of A/B team schedules
  • Phase employees’ return to work in stages
Clearly document flexible space usage:
  • Assign seats and storage for individuals
  • Dedicate meeting spaces and neighbourhoods for teams
Other areas within your space.
Change how meeting rooms work:
  • Consider repurposing meeting rooms to desk space
  • Reduce meeting participants
  • Utilise technology more
Use technology:
  • Meetings can still have the right number of participants, you may just need to video conference two rooms at once
  • Ensure touch panels are regularly cleaned
Moving around your space.
Getting from A to B:
  • Enforce a one-way system where possible
  • Stay to the left in corridors and between desks
  • Stay alert – don’t walk whilst on your phone
One at a time:
  • Toilets should be used on a one in one out regime
  • Tea points should be used one at a time
  • Make your own food and drink
Homeworking is now more part of the office environment
Stay connected with your staff:
  • Provide more opportunities to collaborate through Skype for Business or Microsoft Teams
  • Introduce space for VC opportunities
  • Mobile screens to bring staff into the space
  • Morning scrums are now essential to not lose touch
  • Face to face time isn’t just for shop talk, emotional connectivity is more important when remote
Enhance what you have.
Furniture Solutions & technology:
  • Perspex screens for desks
  • Disposable desk mats
  • Power poles for working away from desks
  • Moveable space dividers
  • Mobile vc units to connect homeworkers
  • Floor standing screens for changing space usage
  • Mobile units to keep a distance whilst collaborating
Health & cleanliness.
Direct staff safety & support:
  • Supply your staff with disposable face masks
  • Screen staff temperatures upon arrival
  • Supply hand sanitiser stations
Promote good habits:
  • Implement daily cleaning & sterilisation protocols
  • Post visible reminders to wash hands
  • Supply hand sanitiser and disinfectant wipes
  • Provide personal mugs, water bottles and dishwashers with Sani-wash cycles
Support from our print partners
Reminders & guidance:
  • Hand sanitiser guidance
  • Social distancing reminders
  • Company policies
  • Support pamphlets
Wayfinding:
  • Taping out floors showing 2m spaces
  • Countertop sneeze guards for reception and cafes
  • Vinyl floor stickers for waiting points
  • Roll up banners
  • Mirror stickers
Furniture related:
  • Disposable desk mats
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Wellbeing.
Planning office layouts & changes:
  • Maximise daylight & exterior views where possible
  • Keep fresh air flowing
  • Specify fabric and finishes with antimicrobial properties
Add touchless tech & future furniture:
  • Doors, lighting, elevators, security systems
  • Audio/visual equipment
  • Height-adjustable tables, task lights
Let us help you get return ready

We can prepare specific guidance relevant to your needs

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The big come back: forward thinking offices are about to change forever

Read about the likely changes we will see in offices following the majority of the workforce working from home.
Covid 19 (if you haven’t heard of it by now…) has now forced the majority of the UK workforce to work from home, if they can.

Interestingly, before we were hit with this crazy pandemic, things were kind of going that way anyway. Statistics show that there has been a 74% jump in the amount of people working from their own home between 2008 and 2018. Entrepreneurs and startups are increasingly based online, and therefore, are growing at home and in coffee shops across the country. Then there’s the flexible workers, the remote workers, freelancers. Businesses are recognising that a worker doesn’t have to be present in the office, to provide the best results.

Regardless of how long you have been working from home, the fact is that as soon as those offices open again for business, things are going to be different. Or at least, they should be. They kind of have to be, actually. When we return to our offices, we will have been working from home for quite some time. Expectations will be different all round. Agile working practises are certainly a way to embrace this new desire for change.

Let’s take a closer look at the changes that happen when you work from home, and how that can be reflected in an agile office environment:

Technology is king
The latest technology makes working so much easier than ever before.

You can conference call, have a team meeting on a messaging app or virtual-meeting software. You can use social media to meet and organise meetings.

There are project management apps for milestones and messaging, calendars and shared information. Collaboration at home is so easy.

This can all be reflected in the office, with additions made to allow face to face meetings if that works the best. Inviting breakout areas, meeting zones or brainstorming zones work well. Glass walls and partitions can help connect people whilst zoning the space.

Technology connects you in more ways than ever before.

Autonomy to some degree
Working from home you are able to work where and how you know best.

People are a bit bored of neutrality and Scandi-minimalism, and that fatigue is reflected in the bright and popping office colour palette of 2020.

In an agile workplace, you can follow your instincts with this too, if the facilities and flexibility are there for you to do that. Agile working means being given everything you need to get the work done, including the freedom to work in the way you feel works best.

Health & wellbeing
Our homes are a space we have cultivated to suit our physical and emotional needs.

The window seat with blankets and books for those times your brain needs a break. The spa bathroom with a waterfall shower to pummel aching muscles. The snazzy coffee machine in the kitchen because you don’t form words until you’ve had that first cup of the good stuff in the morning.

You’ve been in that snuggly, warm womb of a workspace for the entire time isolation lasts. Only to go back to an office where none of those needs are met. A recipe for disaster? Too right. Agile offices need to start providing facilities for their employees that boost their health. From plants to beanbags, free fresh fruit and helpful events, employees need to feel supported in work in the same way they feel supported at home.

Commuting will always be rubbish
Commutes are one of the greatest bugbears of office workers.

Aren’t they hideous? They can take hours of sweaty, crammed public transport. Or if you’re lucky, hours stuck in traffic in your car.

Working from home removes that commute which can mean you’re gifted with extra time at home. More time to spend with your family, more time to enjoy your life. On your return to work, having to deal with the commute again is going to be awful. An agile office might offer various ways to overcome that commute angst, such as:

● Enabling you to work different hours, at least sometimes, means you get to avoid rush hour
● Remote working means you don’t have to commute at all on the days you can work from home
● How about work has cycles for use whenever you want to enjoy an eco-friendly ride to work?
● How about car-sharing for a commute that’s more fun?

Keep the good
Flexibility, hold on to it.

The virus has forced businesses to be imaginative, creative and adaptable when it comes to working around change. It’s forced everybody to be more fluid in how, where and why they work at any one time.

This fluidity is an essential part of an agile office and it should be treasured. It means problem solving creatively, and having the tools, the gusto and the skills to solve those problems quickly.

Workers and employers can take this amazing flexibility learnt and utilised throughout this crisis, and apply it to future operations and processes.

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”

Albert Einstein

The above are just some examples of ways in which working from home has paved the way for a new world in the office. Expectations are different now, and companies will be expected to have an agile working environment, in some respects at least.

The time for office transformations is now. And now is the time to start asking yourself, how will your workplace change for the better when you return?

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Key components of a well-designed office

You need to know about these key components of an innovative office fit-out to guarantee a design that truly works for your business needs.
An office fit-out is both an exciting and stressful event to organise. There’s a lot to think about, first and foremost ensuring that the results are ultimately worth the budget spent, and worth any disruption to day to day business.

Choosing the right company to design and fit the new office can make the process much easier. A forward-thinking business will make the process extremely convenient and most importantly, they will collaborate with you to ensure that the most important aspects of the fit-out are fulfilled. To get a head start on exactly what your workspace consultant will focus on, take a look at the key components of a transformative office fit-out:

Activity based working
Agile is a forward-thinking way to work. 70% of studies suggest there is a positive effect on productivity and workplace performance with ABW compared to standard office layouts.

Any forward-thinking workspace consultant has their eye on activity based working styles, because they offer the opportunity for businesses to enjoy a more dynamic and effective working environment. The basic principle is that any employee does not have their own desk, but rather the office has various innovative workspaces for any employee to use depending on how and where they want to work. Each employee has total autonomy over finding the best workspace for their task whether it is collaborative or independent.

Workplace wellbeing
A healthy workplace supports the physical, mental and social well being of the staff who work within it.

Work related stress and mental illnesses now account for over half of lost working days in the UK. Work related musko-skeletal disorders are also a huge problem, with over 35% of all work related illnesses being MRMSD and 24% of work related absences being because of MRMSD. So on a practical level, there’s a huge reason for any business to place emphasis on the workspace they provide being a healthy one for employees. In addition, any brand who truly appreciates their employees wants to ensure they are providing the most emotionally and socially nutritious environment possible for each and every member of staff. Supporting that environment with furniture that is ergonomic in design, carefully designed lighting and sound-proofing ensures that employee physical health is also supported.

Embracing technology
An advanced office is a modern space that is utilising all possible technologies to enhance current working practises and possibilities.

Cable management, communication rooms, supported networking systems, cloud and audio-visual systems and more, can free up employees to work more efficiently and productively. In addition, technology can actively enhance communication and employee humanity. Take a look at this interesting Forbes article about how technology can transform workspace humanity for a deeper insight into how tech can facilitate a better workspace for employees.

Bringing the outside in
Plants in office decor have been in style for quite a while.

Outdoors inside decor stems from a greater eco-consciousness and health consciousness across the board, as style and decoration reflects societies greater awareness of the deepest human and environmental needs. In many basic re-fits, this addition of decorative plants is often highly simplistic and treats plants like ornaments. Whilst plants are aesthetically pleasing, it is a deeper connection to health and nature that is recognised by savvy workspace consultants who understand the true benefits of using plants in workspace design.

Did you know some of the key benefits of using plants in workspace design are: Plants naturally clean VOCs and other indoor air pollutants, Seeing ‘nature’ in some shape or form is known to make humans happier & just one plant in the office can reduce stress in the workplace by up to 60%.

Plants and living office design features are an intelligent addition to an agile fit-out.

Lighting, acoustics & functional furniture
Lighting is transformative in decor, and it is no different with office decor.

The look, feel and practical use of a space can be totally transformed with the right lighting. The acoustics of a space can also transform its feel and use, particularly if noise pollution is an issue and a noise reduction could enhance the quality of that particular area.

Furniture should always be beautiful and fit in with the visual theme of the business and branding. It can be easy to think that to have ergonomic, functional furniture, you have to sacrifice the looks. This isn’t the case. The most experienced workspace consultants will be able to source exactly the kind of furniture that your business needs to suit both aesthetic and functional requirements. There really is no compromise with agile office design.

Talking spaces
Talking spaces are spaces that say everything you want them to say about your brand to ensure that employees are able to live and breathe your business mission statement, values and visions each and every day.

Talking spaces spark conversation and thoughts, creativity and inspiration with employees and any visiting clients, who can see exactly what you’re about without having to ask a single question.

“An approach to getting work done with maximum flexibility and minimum constraints.” – Unilever

The above key components of a truly innovative office design should be at the forefront of any truly forward-thinking office fit-out company. By investing in an agile office that is beautiful, inspiring and functional, you’re investing in a more productive, happy and healthy future for your business.

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Coming soon… Extreme E & their new London office

This is the next stage in motor racing
This is a new, radical, intense and utterly mental concept for racing, and it’s coming soon

Extreme E is a competitive platform for accelerating the development of electric vehicles, to help create a low-carbon future powered by renewable energy. Extreme E are committed to supporting and partnering with organisations working to restore the degraded environments in which they race, the precious ecosystems within them and the people who live there.

Above all, Extreme E hope to raise awareness and inspire action to encourage every individual to come together and play their part to safeguard the future of the Earth and all its inhabitants.

Read more about Extreme E
An amazing basecamp
Based in Central London

Immediately adjacent to the London offices of Formula E, the stunning new Extreme E offices are themed to perfection. The new space has a host of features that include unique lighting, rope walls, on brand (colour wise) sprinkler systems, container style meeting rooms and even a DJ booth.

A true visionary
Meet the founder of Extreme E

Alejandro Agag is a businessman, entrepreneur and visionary. Founder & CEO of Formula E – the electric street racing series – Agag has a knack for seeing what’s on the horizon and getting on board, and this time it’s RMS St. Helena and Extreme E.

Agag was born in Madrid and enjoyed an international upbringing in Paris and across the pond in New York – gaining fluency in English, Spanish, French and Italian.

Read more about Extreme E

Five key office fit-out trends to expect in 2020

Find out the five key 2020 office trends to get ready for the exciting year ahead.
Towards the end of the year, businesses often reflect, and then look ahead at what can be achieved in the upcoming 365 days of brand-new exciting opportunities.

Part of forecasting your business potential involves your working environment and understanding how it can be improved in regard to productivity, employee health and company culture. To inspire you, take a look at the five key office trends of 2020:

Number one
Fashion – cafe culture lands in the workplace

A true fashion trend to look out for in offices in 2020 is the reflection of coffee culture within the working space. The value of the coffee industry is over 17 billion, and 80% of those who enjoy coffee shops visit them at least once a week, with 16% visiting once a day.

 Coffee has always had a place in the office but, in 2020, the coffee culture sweeping the UK will find its way into the workplace too. At the very least, employees expect better quality coffee than the watery offerings of an old dispenser, or the chalky granules of a cheap instant. At the most, mini coffee chain outlets are working their way into buildings, and in some instances, artisan coffee stations and even coffee shop working spaces will not be surprising additions to see in 2020 professional buildings.

Number two
Colour – bye bye neutral hello brights

People are a bit bored of neutrality and Scandi-minimalism, and that fatigue is reflected in the bright and popping office colour palette of 2020.

You can see that change straight away in the highly textured colourful fabrics being used in office soft furnishings and upholstery. Patterns and tones are playful and exciting, with mint, creamy blues, ambers and peachy pinks all making a strong appearance. Coral is also making a strong comeback for braver designers.

Natural tones provided by living plants comes with the continued wave of biophilia popularity. The trend is less plant walls and more dangling hanging plants like string of hearts and string of pearls suspended from the ceiling or on shelves. This natural trend extends further into patterns to be seen in the more playful office, such as exotic leaf prints.

Image Sii Offices – Nantes

Number three
Furniture – 2020 looks soft & sustainable

Geometric shapes and patterns have been on trend in both the home and office for quite a while, and although that trend hasn’t totally died off, in furniture, it’s been pushed aside to make space for curves. Along with more colourful upholstery, the furniture will have softer lines and curved accents. This plays nicely into the fluidity and flow naturally provided by agile working spaces taking centre stage next year.

When it comes to the build of office furniture, sustainability is at the forefront of priorities for both businesses and manufacturers. Businesses want eco-credentials to let customers know that they care about the environment. 88% of consumers want you to help them make a difference, which is why they want to support brands who are ‘doing their bit’.

Sustainable design is key in 2020 and it can mean including less non-recyclable materials being used in fit-outs, more sustainable materials being used such as cork flooring, as well as talking spaces presenting a greener brand overall. So, instead of a natural veneer, furniture and office materials will have deeper green kudos and build.

Image of Radiology Partners Offices – El Segundo

Number four
Ways of working – collaboration is key

Conscious co-working is another way to describe agile workspaces, or activity based working and it is going to be seen everywhere in 2020. Co-working involves well-designed zones and areas that encourage collaboration and teamwork, as well as focus areas and solo working spaces. You can also expect designated desks to be out, and instead, a wide variety of seated and standing options to use how and when you want to depending on the work that needs doing.

Companies will also make the most out of outdoor spaces, recognising the regenerative benefits of being outdoors and having access to a natural space. Did you know that science confirms that creativity can be directly improved by access to the outdoors? Office design consultants will increasingly see requests made for hardwearing outdoor furniture and outdoor spaces that can work for business use all year round.

Image from coworker.com

Number 5
Technology – smart learning & smart buildings

There will be a sharp rise in remote and flexible working in 2020. Technology like laptops, global servers, video calls and teamwork apps all provide the ability for company employees to work together, from anywhere in the world. Offices are likely to have video-call and digital conference capabilities built-in to meeting areas. As it stands, around 70% of the global workforce work remotely at least once a week and realistically, that means the competition for the best employee talent is higher than ever. Integrated online learning systems are likely to rise in popularity as employees expect to grow within their role, otherwise, they can easily seek new work remotely.

Smart buildings are also set to take offices by storm as AI takes centre stage. Sensors and integrated technologies will help with energy management, security, space use optimization, wellbeing, collaboration, productivity, ergonomics and more. There’s some clever tech on the way to forward thinking businesses in 2020.

In summary
How will your office work in 2020?

As this year draws to a close and your thoughts drift towards your 2020 office design, it makes sense to recognise all the ways your business can benefit from the exciting design innovation on its way. Could your company benefit from biophilia? How about some beautiful textured bright fabrics or tropical patterned walls? Do you need to be more agile? There’s a lot to think about. If you’d like some expert help, consider getting in touch with an experienced office design consultant who will be able to design and re-fit your office based on your specific business needs. It could be exactly what your company needs to achieve better productivity, creativity and wellness in 2020.

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Welcome to the White Building

From initial feasibility to the full delivery
FSL Group provided initial feasibility design and budget costing advice on the building then followed up with full planning drawings, prepared the design and access statement, met with the local councilors and heritage association and drove through to a successful approval.

The build project was awarded as a full turn-key design and build contract with FSL responsible for the internal conversion, external renovation and construction of the associated new part underground car park and landscaping.

Mechanically a central plant room with full district heating system running individual HIU boilers with wet heating to each apartment, full MHRV throughout, removal of the internal lift shaft and creating two new lift shafts, provision of new corridor smoke ventilation shafts have all been provided.

Heritage approved
With a clever use of space

Externally new openings for doors, windows and roof lights were created, heritage approved fenestration fitted and full repair and redecoration carried out. An adjacent part underground car park in a matching style to blend has been designed.

Luxury apartments
All covered with an NHBC guarantee

Internally a mix of one and two bedroom apartments complete with fitted kitchens and integrated appliances, bathrooms and en-suites.

Each apartment is planned with veneered doors,  energy efficient lighting and electrical appliances along with all floor finishes to every room. Every apartment is to be to a high standard with the development being covered by an NHBC 10 year structural guarantee.

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Thinking office refurbishment rather than office move?

You’re not alone, it’s time to make the space work for your business
Your current office doesn’t have to remain stale with inflexible working arrangements that don’t help business growth.

The average length of a commercial office space lease is between 5 and 10 years, with many businesses choosing to avoid the upheaval and disruption of a move as long as they can. In addition, the uncertain political climate has certainly had even the strongest of industries battening down the hatches and staying put in their current premises until it’s clearer exactly how the economy is going to be affected by change.

An uncertain future for the country though, doesn’t have to mean putting up with stale, dated office interior dynamics that hinder business growth, dynamics ,productivity and brand image.

It’s true, the UK work environment is providing lots of challenges across the board, but there’s also some exciting opportunities for change too…

Inefficient working styles?
Do you need to be more agile?

Agile working is a combination of working differently and utilising new technology to aid those changes. Therefore, it makes logical sense that a change in furniture and decor can help aid this transition for businesses. If you’re looking to cultivate a more productive environment where the team can work where and how they want to, consider reaching out to one of our workplace consultants. We have extensive experience in designing innovative office changes that make a big impact and enhance agile working practices specific to your business needs.

“Agile is an attitude, not a technique with boundaries. An attitude has no boundaries, so we wouldn’t ask ‘can I use agile here’ but rather ‘how would I act in an agile way’ or ‘how agile can we be here?’.”
Alistair Cockburn

Communication is key for every business
Where’s my desk gone?

97% of employees believe communication has an impact on tasks performed daily, and 1 in 3 projects are thought to fail because of bad communication. We’re old hats at what we do, and we know that it is unacceptable for any business we work with to have to face unexpected changes and adaptations because of bad communication on our part.

Instead, we use effective change management using staff user groups and communication to ensure there are no nasty surprises, only plenty of great ones.

It’s more than a lick of paint
An office refurbishment based on insight and ingenuity

An insightful Forbes article discussed how over 50% of employees aren’t engaged in their work with nearly 20% saying they are actively disengaged. The write-up continued to explain how innovative office design is the best way to actively engage workers and encourage dynamic, productive teamwork. Simply put, offices that are collaborative and utilise activity based working are happier, because employees are free to redefine where and how they work.

We know that’s what modern business owners really want to achieve. Savvy business owners aren’t looking to adapt their office space to simply ‘look’ good. It’s an empty investment to get a few nice looking banners, some edgy looking chairs, some glass walls and the odd cacti dotted around for ‘outdoors in’ chic. It’s style without substance, and sometimes, there’s not even any style. To establish ourselves as industry leaders, we work in a way that ensures each and every office adaptation made is made for a distinct reason. We design an office based on:

  • Workplace consultancy and study
  • New furniture acquisition & recommendation
  • Space reinvention
  • Interior revitalisation
  • Recommending and supporting new types of space usage

We have carefully created a way of working that is as innovative and flexible as the offices we design and install.

Are You Cashing In On Every Square Foot Of The Office?

Every business welcomes additional income, especially when it comes with a need for no additional equipment, training or staff. Have you considered setting up a demise wall, so that the space you pay for, but you don’t use, can be utilised by those looking to sublet? Freelancers, startups, smaller businesses and anybody needing temporary professional space to work in have money to give you, just for using a space that you already have.

We take care of the legal side of things
Skip the legal headache of office adaptations…

The average business owner works nearly 46 hours a week, usually including weekends. If you just read that through a yawn, and following a glug of coffee, the chances are you already know exactly how little time you have. We understand that modern business owners and management staff are extremely busy. We know you are unlikely to want the headache of the legalities behind a new office fit, despite wanting the benefits of getting a better working space. We take care of the Building Control, License To Alter packs and landlord approvals, so that you don’t have to. We value your time.

We’ll project manage the refurbishment
Project management comes as standard

Maybe you would love an office refit but you just don’t want the hassle of having to manage another project when you’re already so busy. Would you change your mind if an effective, professional team made the entire experience a breeze for you? No need to chase anything up, no nasty surprises, no rubbish communication, just an easy process that results in a phenomenal office designed to suit your business needs. If you work with the best, you get the best experience.

Zero disruption during the office refurbishment
It’s oh so quiet shh, shh…

There’s no blowing a fuse, and certainly no WHAM BAM with the way that our experienced team works in offices. No extensive disruption, dust or noise. We know that modern businesses are looking to avoid all of that upheaval, that is one of the reasons why you haven’t moved right? Instead, you can expect easy-to-use swing spaces to use whilst the renovation is done. Any loud and messy work that needs doing is completed strictly out of hours.

Let your space talk your brand
An office refurbishment palette to enhance brand culture

Using colour, furniture, imagery, layout and a wide variety of suggestions and ideas, we can actively enhance your brand culture with a well-thought out office design. The mission and values of your brand should be reflected in the place you work, creating the kind of working environment that truly reflects who you are as a business.

“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will.”
George Bernard Shaw.

Modern businesses like yours can benefit from a complete change in workspace, without having to change location. Businesses can benefit from our extensive experience, insight and creative working processes to help cultivate the kind of office environment and culture that actively enhances productivity, happiness and collaboration.

Get in touch with the office refurbishment experts

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