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Bondholder, legal firm Smith Partnership officially announced its move to a new 14,000 sq ft office in the heart of Derby city centre at this week's  Derby City Embassy at the Royal Automobile Club on Pall Mall, London.


Following an extensive search for quality office space in the heart of the city in 2017, and not wishing to relocate away from the historic Cathedral Quarter, the regional solicitors firm opted for a derelict space with high street frontage. With guidance and advice being provided by fellow Bondholder Three Hundred & Sixty Degrees on the design of the space, the firm now has a unique and bespoke space for its 120-strong Derby team, providing excellent access for customers whilst giving staff a modern, high-quality environment and a more agile workplace.

Claire Twells, Business Development Partner at Smith Partnership told Embassy guests, “The economic strength of Derby has allowed our business to grow the commercial side significantly over the years we have been based here. That means a city centre presence is important to us, especially one that can provide parking and access to shops and cafes in the area for our clients and staff.”

“It was difficult to find what we wanted in the office space readily available and we had to be more creative in our approach to the space. Our new home in Norman House is an office we are proud to work in. We are invested in Derby and the growth of the city and our new office is a clear visual marker of our intentions going forward.”

Claire Twells and Howard Barnes, Managing Director of Three Hundred & Sixty Degrees will be hosting a breakout session on the future of city centre offices at the Derby Property Summit on Tuesday 17th July at Derby’s iconic Roundhouse on Pride Park.

Design Trends for 2018

Bondholder Three Hundred and Sixty Degrees share their 2018 design trends. 

The end of the conventional office

Just as dress codes at work have relaxed over the years, so too has the paradigm of what an ‘office’ should look like. The stuffy conformism of corporate interiors is giving way to a more personalised, home-like and people-centric feel.

This informality probably began with the increase in start-up businesses where eclectic was a budgetary necessity, a different work ethic prevailed and a sense of identity has been important for rapidly building a brand.

Since its inception it has been accelerated by Millennial's and Generation Z and is now a recognised and accepted element of workplace styling. It is also seen as a great way to make work spaces work smarter and staff feel more at home.

The rise of activity based workplaces

Although this isn’t a new trend, activity based spaces (also known as dynamic workplaces) are on the up.

We’re seeing a rise in the number of companies who need a more flexible approach to how their workspaces can be used, and we predict that 2018 will be the year when this, along with the decline of the conventional office will dramatically reshape the office landscape.

Bringing the outside in

Having plants in the workplace may not be a new idea but progressive workplaces are embracing them in a new way and accepting that there is need to connect with nature.

The ‘one plant in a statement pot’ schemes are now considered part of the old office order and biophilia is the new style in town.

Planting is being used creatively to make screens and wall dividers, and artificial grass is an acceptable floor finish these days. Plant pots, terrariums, hanging baskets, plants on the ceiling…
Almost any surface is seen as fair game in the plant offensive.

Just as important as greenery is light. In offices, especially those that don’t have abundant natural light (like high rise offices and city centre locations), designers are creating artificial sunlight with rooflights.

Textures as well as colours

While colour will always be important in office design, texture is increasingly playing a part in shaping our workplace experience.

The industrial design trend of the past few years has led to an affinity for all sorts of finishes, such as metal panels, textured timber, concrete and brickwork.

They have been adopted to add richness and interest to wall finishes, ceiling designs, flooring and bespoke furniture. Even the mainstream furniture providers are getting in on the act and experimenting with raw metal, driftwood laminates and more varied textures.

Concrete is a great example and has made a massive comeback in recent years. It combines modern and industrial and is used increasingly as a final finish for floors, sinks and shelves, as well as appearing in more unexpected places, like desk accessories, meeting pods, clocks, tables, chairs and lights.

Open Plan - Out; Focus Space - In

Many column inches have been devoted to the argument around the open plan office and whether it is beneficial for employees or the source of all productivity woes.

It is unlikely we’ll see a return to the cubicle culture but there is a continuing trend towards providing quiet space where people can focus without being distracted. Collaboration is wonderful but everyone has activities where they need to get their heads down and focus on just one thing — reading something or writing up a report.

Technology has created freedom

The recent advances in broadband, VoIP and cloud based resources have cut the final ties that prevented employees from true remote working.

Now the only thing stopping them from being able to work effectively from anywhere is trust. Yet,as the benchmark for measuring employee productivity and effectiveness has changed, so too has the level of autonomy.

2018 is the year that co-working and telecommuting will see offices transform into ‘hives’ where workers come together to share what they’ve been working on outside the office.

The workplace of 2018 will have to support employees’ technological needs, with ports, docking stations and interactive whiteboards, so that when workers converge they continue to be as productive as possible.

Start the conversation

Workplace design is adapting and evolving as employees’ needs change so it is vital the businesses take a collaborative approach to the workplace requirements.

It is important that businesses talk to their staff about what activities they do and how they like to work.

For instance, they may need a quiet space to concentrate; more informal areas for collaborating; dynamic spaces that encourage productivity; or facilities and technology that support flexible working.

Bondholder's £150k Project

Bondholder ThreeHundredandSixtyDegrees has completed a £150,000 refurbishment programme at one the Midlands’ leading research facilities.

 The fit-out specialists carried out a six week refurbishment programme on Midlands On View in Sutton Coldfield. 

The project included creating new office space to enable staff to relocate from nearby premises into the facility in Midland Drive.  It also focused on refitting and updating the viewing studios complete with two-way mirrors so that clients can watch the in-depth one to one interviews and focus group market research taking place.

Midlands On View owner Jack Adkins explained: “The refurbishment project has been a significant investment for the company – not least that we were not able to operate as a research facility during the work due to the confidentiality and noise issues.

“The design and operational teams at ThreeHundredandSityDegrees did a fantastic job and we are delighted with the results which were completed on time and within budget."

Helen England is Business Development Manager at ThreeHundredandSixtyDegrees which works across the UK on a wide range of corporate fit-out programmes.

She said:  “This project is the perfect example of how innovative design, translated into high quality fit out can breathe new life into a work space and support clients with their business growth ambitions.

“We are extremely proud of the work that our team here and local suppliers have achieved and are confident that this design and fit-out will stand the test of time and serve Midlands On View for many, many years to come.”



Bondholders' Collaboration

Bondholder Threehundredandsixtydegrees has teamed up with award-winning digital marketing agency and fellow Marketing Derby bondholder Burnthebook to create a new website for the office refurbishment specialists.

Threehundredandsixtydegrees has recently invested in a re-brand and refocused its operations to a corporate market.

Business Development Manager Helen England explained: “As a design-led company operating in a fast moving industry it is vital that our website reflects our expertise in providing a full service to project manage office fit outs from conception to completion and handover.

“I met Burnthebook at a Marketing Derby networking event and there was a great synergy between us as fellow Bondholders, family owned and of a similar size.

“I particularly benefited from Burnthebook’s clarity in the process so I knew exactly what I needed to provide.

“We are delighted with the results.  The website has already attracted new visitors and we have received very favourable feedback from clients and suppliers on social media.

“I am confident that this will prove to be a very effective marketing tool with a substantial return on investment.”

Phil Newson, Director and Co-owner of Burnthebook concluded: “As with all our clients, we have worked closely with Helen at Threehundredandsixtydegrees to identify their goals and objectives, which in turn enables us to help them achieve their requirements through our agile driven processes.

“This included ensuring that the site reflected their brand values; had the flexibility for them to update themselves via the CMS, was search engine friendly and responsive for mobile and tablet views.

“Part of their KPIs was to set up several tracking mechanisms to enable us to report and measure the success of the website and any future marketing initiatives, so that we can make informed decisions in the future based on real data.”