Category Archives: Commercial Interiors

What Is Hybrimercial Design?

In last week’s blog post we spoke about Resimercial Design, what it is and how it is having a positive affect on the working environment. The word itself sounds like it’s made-up, and in a sense it is. It is a combination of Residential and Commercial, which neatly sums up what the design concept is about.

This week we bring you Hybrimercial; now this really is made up, by us here at 20six HQ, but we think the concept behind this will be something we will be seeing on a high street near you in the not so distant future.

We’re using the term Hybrimercial as the two words, hybrid and commercial, combined and it’s based upon an article we read about a new marketing firm, Buzzbar, that has set up “shop” in London. The idea behind the company is to allow drop-in marketing sessions for cash-strapped start-ups and they have taken the best elements from commercial design and thrown them all into one commercial property.

Taking ideas from a retail establishment, based on a similar design to the Apple stores, they have that fresh, open feeling with staff hovering able to assist you in your marketing journey. Then they have the best co-working design ideas to give the office feeling to the environment, with spaces for people to mix and to work individually while they wait. Then there are the Juice bars one would associate with an on-trend café, and the Wellness sessions of the likes of Yoga classes.

This marketing firm has taken all the elements of successful modern commercial properties and made a space where individuals are welcomed and are more than happy to return to again and again. We foresee this type of evolving design concept as being a way forward for several industry types.

We would like to lay claim to our own terminology for it but are pretty sure that someone out there will come up with something even better than Hybrimercial to sum up a working environment that takes elements of retail, office, fitness studio and cafe and makes the whole thing into a great space for all.

What is Resimercial Design?

Having an office that you enjoy being in helps get the best from all workers, and one design concept that is addressing this need for a welcoming work space is that of resimerical design.

Resimercial design has been a trend in new offices for some time, but since NeoCon17 it has moved from being just another design trend to a more legitimate design ideal. The word resimercial is a combination of residential and commercial, and the idea behind it is to make commercial property less sterile and standardised by introducing fixtures, furnishings and layouts that brings the homey feel of residential furniture into the workplace.

It makes complete sense that if your staff feel comfortable in their working environment, they will be more productive. Some of the Big Boys have embraced this form of design into their global offices, the likes of Google, Microsoft, Yelp and Uber for example have all invested in resimercial design and have found that it has increased employee retention, productivity, and creativity. Having an office that people want to be in increases the time spent at work and increases the connection people have with their company.

Bottom line for employers, creating a working environment that is both welcoming and comfortable means gaining maximum productivity from employees. By incorporating resimercial design elements in your office you have the win-win situation of happy, productive staff, enabling your company to flourish and grow.

Fair Priced Fit Out?

What is the right budget for an office fit out? It should be based upon size, scope of work, and location, all of which you would consider to be a fair reflection of the costs involved in refurbishing your offices. But not all is as it seems in the world of office fit outs.

Five office fit-out companies based in London and the Home Counties, have just been hit with a whopping fine of over £7 million collectively for confessing to participating in “cover bidding” in competitive tenders.

Being dubbed as 'cartel behaviour', the five companies have admitted that they colluded with one another on quotes for office fit outs, with some putting in bids they knew were unreasonable to ensure they would not be in the running for the work and that another amongst the group would have less competition to secure the deal.

Office fit-out is deemed part of the construction sector, and following the investigation covering allegations of offences during the period of 2006-2017, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) stated that:

“The CMA is concerned it is seeing a lot of evidence of anti-competitive conduct in the construction industry, and we have already taken a number of cases in this sector. Today’s fines reinforce the message that the CMA will not tolerate competition law being broken. As shown by the total of £7 million in fines agreed today, we will not turn a blind eye to illegal behaviour and we will impose penalties where we find laws have been broken. This can include seeking disqualification of company directors.”

Whilst the majority of us in the commercial fit-out, design and refurbishment industry do not wish to see our market sector come into disrepute, we are glad to see that illegal and immoral practices like this are being punished accordingly.

An Office Fit For Spring?

Spring is almost upon us officially, and from the flowers blooming by the roadside and the buds bursting to life on the trees, it feels like it has already arrived. One advantage of this change of season is more hours of daylight, but the sun streaming in through your office windows can also show how neglected your workspace has become.

An Office Fit For Spring?

Whilst the ideal solution may be a total office refit, that's not possible for everybody. So what steps can you take to ensure that your office is fit for spring?

Three Ways To Spruce Up Your Office For Spring

I Need It: There are some items we all need to complete our daily work routines, and those that you need to use regularly should be close by.  As we outlined in our post The Three Zones Of Ergonomic Desk Design, keeping the objects that are classed as your primary necessities close to hand enables you to work more efficiently. On the other hand, items you aren't using on a regular basis may be better placed further away to free up some space.

I Want It: The long held belief that a cluttered desk or office leads to a cluttered mind doesn't hold true for all people. A survey carried out a couple of years ago by Yell Business found that the majority of the UK’s most successful profit making business owners, that's 94% of them, admit to having an ‘extremely cluttered desk’. With profit being the biggest sign of a productive business and work ethic, we can dismiss clutter having a negative impact upon success and profit. That being said, there is always room to keep on top of what’s in front of you so that it’s at least an organised chaos, thus contributing to efficiency and an overall reduction in stress levels.

I'll Change It: In our article last week, Green Office Fit Out, we advocated recycling and re-inventing aspects of your office fit out rather than binning the lot and replacing with new. This isn't always possible, but there are solutions for refurbishing your work space and leaving a minimal carbon footprint. Rather than look at throwing out all the items of office furniture and fittings that look as if they are past their sell-by date, why not check out an experienced commercial property specialist who can advise on getting your offices looking ship shape within a sustainable parameter?

Spring is the ideal time to spruce up your work space and ensure you have the most productive environment that you and your fellow workers are proud to call your offices.