News / 03 Mar, 2022

The Importance of Lighting in the Workplace

 Lighting is incredibly important in office spaces. Take a midday walk on a sunny workday and you’ll experience first-hand how lighting can affect your mood and productivity. While ambient lighting can influence the atmosphere and affect mood, task lighting is essential to ensure employees are always working safely and comfortably without straining their eyes.

In fact, a full one-third of workers would be happier at work if they had better lighting in the office, (Staples Survey 2018).  Finding the best office lighting has, with good reason, become a top priority for design teams and office managers.  Recent trends include pendant lighting in kitchen and canteen areas, circular lighting in meeting spaces and the industrial look remains on-trend and timeless because of its versatility.   

Also, energy efficient lighting has become increasingly important, setting up motion-sensored lights in areas that are used periodically, like bathrooms, basements, and supply closets. Putting lights on a timer and  installing dimmers allows you to turn down the lights when your work doesn’t require maximum brightness. 

Vintage lightbulbs give off a warm glow and bring a sense of retro character to a space, brilliant for modern offices looking to create a unique, charming design that is still functional

The industrial look remains on-trend and timeless because of its versatility. While the industrial aesthetic can be sleek, refined and professional, it can also be a playful style that indulges creativity and personality – perfect for the demands of a modern office!

Get in touch today to see how you could redefine your workspace and brighten up your day!

hello@anchorpointinteriors.com or call us on 0131 341 3066

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News / 27 Apr, 2021

How Intelligent Office Design Can Support Safe Working

office scene with booths and chairs at desks

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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News / 20 Apr, 2021

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 / 21 Feb, 2022

Introducing the New way of Working : Hybrid Office Design

As the pandemic has changed the way we live, work and conduct business, moving away from the traditional workplace to an inclusive culture environment is ever more prevalent.  With businesses closed and employees forced to work from home, the office sat empty, only in use for specific meetings.  Now the dynamics of the office should adapt and change to embrace the new working culture.  Hybrid offices offer everyone a collaborative space for working, learning and adapting. 

From a design perspective, the hybrid model combines the home environment with open desk spaces, away from the traditional offices and desks, into an intelligent, tech-driven, socially engaging work culture. 

These key design layouts outline the necessary steps to successfully adopting the ‘Hybrid’ way of working.

Social Anchor

Employees during lockdown lacked social engagement, and virtual meetings became the only source of interaction. Designing a functional, social space for meetings or group hangouts is a vital step to employee wellness, inclusion and cohesive support.  

Home away from Home

Introducing relaxing areas for rest allows people to relax at certain points in the day or even bring pets to the office to ease the stress of employees’ lives as they return to the workplace 

Redesigning the Board Room

As the world operates digitally, a high percentage of meetings are still virtual. A boardroom redesign to adapt to tech-heavy environments and inclusive technology-driven boardrooms demands more space, attention, and thought in the layout. 

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

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