News / 22 Jul, 2021

New Edinburgh office on Princes Street

We are delighted to be working with a leading wealth management business that is moving to a new Edinburgh office on Princes Street. This is a flavour of the office in development at No. 40, but it’s the stunning view from the 4th floor overlooking the Gardens, Castle, and Arthur’s Seat, that’s the real star!

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News / 16 Jul, 2021

Transforming the office space and break out areas across five floors of a townhouse.

Anchorpoint Interiors is excited to be starting on another project in the heart of Edinburgh. Transforming the office space and break out areas across five floors of a townhouse in Rutland Square for Balmoral Asset Management.

We look forward to seeing the visuals transform into a completed project.

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Are you looking to transform your office space? Reach out to our team today on 0131 341 3066 or send us an email to hello@anchorpointinteriors.com

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Creating Collaborative Workspaces: The Anchorpoint 4-Step Process

Your office is more than just deskspace: it’s where your workplace culture is born. It’s true, shared workspaces bring people together, but if they’re designed with people at the heart they can do so much more. Anchorpoint is proud to design interiors that forge relationships, foster creativity and promote wellbeing through intelligent design. 

We understand the power of smart spatial planning, furniture placement, colour selection, lighting and all the tiny details that breathe your brand personality into a workspace. That’s why we’ve developed our holistic 4-step process to create vibrant zones that people love to spend time in. Here’s how we do it:

The Anchorpoint 4-Step Process

DISCOVER:

We recommend working with external business consultants to identify key areas that require change and set out tangible objectives to address them. That way, we can discover your aspirations and overcome any uncertainties or doubts you have about a redesign project. We’ll work diligently to achieve your goals and deliver a space that surpasses your requirements. 

DEFINE:

We assess your current environment and establish whether it can fulfil the ambitions of your objectives. Should you stay or move? Could we refurbish or should we find opportunities elsewhere to meet your expectations? We’ll come up with the right solution for your business and use our industry expertise to find the perfect premises for your people.

DESIGN:

Our experienced team will guide you through every step of the design process. We’ll take care of everything: from design visuals and spatial planning, to product selection, sampling and ergonomics. You won’t need to worry about a thing: safety is paramount to us and we guarantee all designs are developed with regulatory compliance at the core.

DELIVER:

We’ll never compromise on anything we design. That’s why we project manage the construction phase to ensure your expectations are exceeded and all plans are flawlessly executed. We supply and fit to the highest standard and hand over a workspace that has been transformed through intelligent, contemporary design.

Reimagine Your Workspace with Anchorpoint

We focus on what works best for your people. That’s why we’re here to help your business make design-led, smart choices for your space. If you have any questions, we want to hear them. Get in touch & we’ll find the right perfect solution for you. 

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How Intelligent Office Design Can Support Safe Working

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There’s no doubt about it: the appetite for secure, collaborative and imaginative working environments is growing. We know businesses are challenged with reintroducing safe, shared spaces for their staff and that’s exactly where we can help. Anchorpoint designers are experts in conceptualising compelling, functional workspaces that promote interactivity and a positive, balanced flow. 

What’s more, we know how to do it safely. We work diligently with clients to redevelop workspaces to find secure solutions tailored to the size, shape and requirements of the space. We’re passionate about bringing people together and here’s how we do it..

Smart Spatial Planning

Your workspace aesthetic should be a bold reflection of your brand. This can be achieved with welfare in mind, and modern style and comfort can continue to lead the way in a COVID-secure space.  We tailor plans to ensure every aspect of the design surpasses your requirements – from layout and structure, to facilities, furniture, colour, lighting, materials and more – we do it all.

We’re passionate about creating vibrant, shared zones that people love to work in. With that in mind, requirements for social distancing, hygiene and infection control can be planned to your specification to instil confidence in users of the space. Anchorpoint carefully considers every aspect of the environment to maximise potential, reinvigorate underutilised areas and promote comfort, functionality and sociability through clever design. 

Bespoke Workplace Studies

Put simply, we get to know you and your people inside out. Anchorpoint’s workplace consultants are specialists in really getting to grips with the dynamic of your workspace. Smart working environments are born out of understanding the requirements of teams and individuals. That’s why we invest time into workshops, surveys and workplace behaviour analysis to determine the optimal design for your people to thrive.

With lockdown restrictions easing, it’s critical for offices to be comfortable, reassuring and welfare focused spaces for staff. Anchorpoint’s commitment to employee engagement means we can understand the concerns, fears and worries that people may have and develop solutions to alleviate them. We’re proud to promote people-led design and we’ll do whatever it takes to get it right.

Skilled Project Management

Anchorpoint will focus on what works best for you. Our experienced team takes responsibility to guarantee exceptional results are delivered on time. We take care of drawings, documentation and calculations required for certification and building. You won’t need to worry about regulations, we have everything covered. 

Our commitment to workplaces extends to keeping them safe and ensuring suitable infection control measures are in place. In addition to the smart placement strategy of our furniture, we provide protective screens, PPE and sanitation equipment to ensure all bases are covered where necessary. We know how important workplace safety is and we have everything needed to protect your staff. 

Transform Your Workspace with Anchorpoint

We’re bringing people together in safe and imaginative ways and we’re here to help your business make design-led, smart choices for your space. If you have any questions, we want to hear them. Get in touch & we’ll find the right perfect solution for you.

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Why Anchorpoint office design delves deeper to get results

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As a leading specialist  in corporate and commercial workplace design and build, our clients might expect us to start pulling out colour charts and furniture examples as a first step.

But the Anchor Interiors design process goes far deeper than that. We have a four-step process that takes you from initial feasibility and design through to completed project.

Step one of the Anchorpoint Interiors design process

The first step alone includes a site survey and information gathering process, along with a client brief. We work with our clients to develop the brief as it becomes clearer what they need as the process continues. Step one will also include a concept design, project programme  and of course an outline cost.

Any design begins with looking at the very heart of the business. We find out how the business runs, what its vision is, what happens in the workspace, and any future plans.

This enables us to conduct a design and feasibility study, so that we can create an office space that really works for you and your employees, increasing productivity, encouraging collaboration – even improving staff engagement and retention.

Our aim: to create an office space that your employees look forward to spending time in. This is important because it’s estimated that disengaged workers can cost their employers anywhere between £3,400 and £10,000 in wasted salary each year. Your new office should also be able to grow and transform with your business, and offer your team opportunities to work in the most creative and productive ways.

During the design and feasibility process we will consider:

  • Numbers of staff: this includes staff who work full time in the office, those who come into the office part time, and those who work remotely.
  • What happens or will happen within your office: do you need breakout areas and collaborative areas for brainstorming and spontaneous meetings? Perhaps your team needs meeting rooms with teleconferencing facilities, or flexi areas or hot desking facilities for workers who do not spend all their time in the office.
  • The psychology of how you use your space: this can affect the flow through the office, where you might place social areas, storage, partitions and breakout areas.
  • Your business identity: If your office welcomes a number of  visitors and clients, it will also need to convey your business identity and vision.
  • How much space you need: once we have completed our site survey and information gathering process, our expert team can calculate just how much space you need.
  • How your business might change: we can make the office space flexible enough to suit your growing needs, whether that means more employees or a pivot in the activity that takes place in the workplace.
  • Use of light: making the most of available light will have a positive effect on anyone working within the office. Our expert designers know how to maximise its effect within a workspace.
  • Rules and regulations: whether they are regulations related to suitable working environments, or specific guidance related to returning to the office during the pandemic, our experienced team will ensure they are adhered to within the project.
  • Your budget: we can help you make a business case for the outlay of an office design, and work with you to make the most of the available budget.

While there are many factors to consider when planning an office transformation, Anchorpoint Interiors has more than 21 years of experience in corporate workplace design and build. Our team of experts can guide and advise you to create an office that not only looks great but will also prove to be a productive workplace for you and your employees.

To make the first step towards a new workspace, call us today, without obligation, on 0131 341 3066 or supportteam@anchorpointinteriors.com.

We’re here to help.

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News / 31 Mar, 2021

The hybrid office – the future of work space?

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Recreating your office space as a hybrid working environment allows for flexibility for all

As we start looking at returning to the office after a year of lockdowns and working from home, this is the perfect time to consider how your working environment may look in the future.

Lockdowns have shown that there are benefits – and downfalls – to working from home, and capitalising on the highlights of each could help you and your employees be more productive than ever.

So what does this mean for your office space? Well, even before the pandemic, many companies were turning their physical workspaces into hybrid working areas. Flexibility is the key to modern working and while some staff may choose to work mainly out of the office, others will have to be in the workplace. This is the time to change how the office space works for you.

According to a survey by the British Council for Offices (BCO), [https://www.bco.org.uk/News/News46982.aspx] more than half of white-collar workers at all levels – be they trainees to executives – want to combine days in the office with remote working.

A hybrid office must work for employees who work from home, those who go into the office daily, and others who divide themselves between the two spaces. Others may come in as and when they need to.This freedom to work where and even when you want will be beneficial to many businesses – and will widen the talent pool for recruitment, to include working parents, those who live further away from the office and others who have commitments that make a 9-5 commute stressful or even impossible.

So your office needs to be adapted to cater for all your employees. The focus will move away from individual work spaces to shared workspaces. Office time might be allocated on a rota system, to allow everyone to come into the office for at least part of the week or day. The areas for solo workers should be versatile, to allow for different kinds of working – think cubicles, or private offices, or soundproof rooms for phone calls.

Collaborative space is key. One of the most important parts of in-office working is being able to collaborate and network in person. According to a report by Xerox {https://www.xerox.com/en-us/about/future-of-work-pandemic-era] 95% of respondents stated that in-person, face-to-face communication was important when it came to personal development and talent assessment. So having a joint workspace that allows collaboration between employees and between employees and managers is still key to the success of many businesses. So consider breakout areas and meeting spaces. They can take many forms – a lounge, coffee shop, or open-plan areas.

While considering the possibilities of a hybrid office – and it’s quite an exciting possibility – we must also remember Covid-safety precautions. Considering that the vaccination programme may well not have reached the majority of working-age staff by the time we are heading back into the office, it’s pertinent to make allowances for regular and routine sanitisation of joint working spaces, allowing enough spare room for social distancing and ventilation in collaboration areas, and ensuring there is space for employees to move around while keeping their distance from others.

Talk to us about how your office could become a hybrid workspace. Call us today, without obligation, on 0131 341 3066 or supportteam@anchorpointinteriors.com

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News / 29 May, 2020

Mental Health & Staying Connected

Mental Health Awareness

Last week was Mental Health Awareness week and it is particularly important to recognise this at a time when the Covid-19 pandemic sweeps across the world and many of us have been in isolation now for over two months.  There has been an impact on many of us in terms of mental health, an increase in stress or anxiety, levels of loneliness and a sense of disconnection from our work teams. Taking care of our mind as well as our health is really important while staying at home. We may feel bored and frustrated, but it is important to remember that it is OK to feel this way and that everyone reacts differently. Remember, this situation is temporary and, for most of us, these feelings will pass. Staying at home may be difficult, but you are helping to protect yourself and others by doing it.

We have put together some tips and advice here are things you can do now to help you keep on top of your mental well-being and cope with how you may feel while staying at home.

Stay connected with others – think of unique ways you can stay in touch with friends and family.  If you used to enjoying meals with them, why not do them over a video call!

Take care of yourself  & take time to relax – our physical health has a big impact on how we feel, and at times like these it can be easy to fall into an unhealthy pattern of behaviour. We have been enjoying some lovely summer weather recently so make use of spending time outside if it is safe to do so. Spending a few minutes relaxation can help with difficult emotions and worries, and is extremely important to our overall well-being.

Don’t stay glued to the news – try to limit the amount of time you spend watching reading or listening to the coverage of the outbreak on news and social media platforms, and consider turning those notification alerts off on your phone.

Look after your sleep – with different routines in place, many of us have found our sleeping patterns change. Remember good-quality sleep makes a big difference to how we feel, so its important to make sure we get enough.

Staying connected whilst working from home

For many people, co-workers are their main source of daily human interaction, but with Covid-19 disrupting daily life, and sending millions home to work remotely, office workers across the country are having to navigate new ways of connecting with colleagues they no longer see in person every day. Here at Anchorpoint Interiors we get together for a quick morning catch up on Microsoft Teams, to say hello to each other, share any exciting news and to help us stay connected as a team. Below we have put together some simple ideas on staying connected with you team:

Recreate morning coffee breaks – just because there are no break rooms to hang out in with colleagues doesn’t mean morning coffee catch ups have to stop. Why not have a video chat room link set up for workers to join in the morning to chat over coffee?

Encourage friendly competition – those games you use to play in the office, move them to a digital platform to enable you to continue the competitive fun.

Team messaging apps – sending group emails is not the same as having direct conversation, so this is where team messaging apps are very useful.  Why not set up a group WhatsApp chat as a quick and easy way to communicate with your team, send pictures and share good news!

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What Type of Working Environment Best Fits your Company?

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Office layouts can significantly impact a business – affecting morale, efficiency and talent retention, and consequently the success of the business. By understanding how people work, we can identify beneficial work environments in order to achieve maximum productivity levels and allow staff the best space to do their work.

So, what type of working environment best fits your company?

 

 

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