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Refresh the office with out spending a fortune.

When considering doing an office refurbishment there numerous ways of  possibly saving money still achieving a marked improvement.

As part of office refurbishment project, furniture tends to  come onto the radar. A simple way to freshen up an office is to replace the desks but this can be costly so an alternative solution ( system allowing ) is just to replace the tops with new in a different colour. If you wish to be even more environmentally friendly and also follow the trend of more earthy/industrial finish we can supply reclaimed timber tops which are sized to the required desk foot print.

Swapping the tops can save a huge amount of money and give the desired affect if your unsure if your current furniture will allow you to do this get in touch and we will hopefully be able to advise.

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Is relocation the only option ?

Before considering relocation what are the key things that you should take into account?

Could changes to our working methods help improve our current issues?

What are the terms of our existing lease?

Will relocation improve our image?

How will relocation affect our fellow workers?

What is our I.T. Strategy and will our existing premises accommodate it?

Do we have enough room for future expansion?

What is the cost of relocation V refurbishment?

Can we extend our existing building or take more space?

All of the above will enable you to have an informed and considered view on which way you should be thinking of moving forward and if a relocation is the right choice.

 

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Aspin Foundations

Aspin foundations are a fast growing civil engineering business who were looking to create a comfortable, modern workspace that didnt cost a fortune to achieve. Robert Palmer-Shaw was the lead on the project and approached MBS for some help, this is what he said:

“When we were looking to relocate to our new headquarters in Hemel Hempstead we wanted to create a modern, affective working environment which reflected our corporate identity. MBS helped us to identify the right products for the job that didn’t cost the earth but still achieved the aesthetically pleasing affect we desired. The installation of the new furniture took place on the date agreed and was finished within the allotted time frame to enable us to move in without any difficulty. I would highly recommend MBS to anyone considering moving office as their service, products and knowledge have been exceptional.”

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Visionary Accountants

When Visonary accountants were looking for new premises it took them quite some time to find a space that gave them the location they desired. This Wood framed office building in St Albans was the perfect place but needed quite a bit of work doing to get it to a state that reflected the professional modern environment required whilst maintaining the character of the building. MBS came up with designs and ideas which delivered the desired effect and here is what the head partner Chris Wallace had to say:
“From the beginning of our project Paul and his team were extremely helpful and patient. They came up with good ideas and solutions and guided us through the whole process delivering the concept we had envisioned from the outset. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them in the future and are delighted with the complete office fit-out they delivered for us”.

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What HR managers should consider when choosing an office chair

A recent Blog from Kieran Dowling

The role of an HR Manager is to look after the welfare and wellbeing of their staff. This can also include choosing the most appropriate and comfortable office chair.
If you have ever had to put up with a cheap, uncomfortable and non-adjustable chair you will already know the reasons why; a poor chair makes for an unhappy team member. Problems such as back ache, neck trauma and pain in the shoulders can become common-place, affecting both health and happiness. As far as the HR Manager is concerned this can equate to days off work, lengthy periods of sickness and even a decline in performance.


Things to consider

So given all of this, we can see that selecting the best office chair is crucial, but what elements should HR Managers consider before they make their final decision? They need to take time to do their research and focus on key factors. After all, having a good chair to sit in can result in increased productivity and, long-term, the success of the company.


There are really four key factors that come into play; durability, comfort, mobility and adjustability.
Three of these are all pretty easy to assess when examining a range of chairs as robustness, types of adjustments and ease of movement can be ticked off a check list. But what about comfort? This is a much harder element to judge, so we have broken this down into several key areas that HR Managers need to examine:

Backrest for back support – This is absolutely essential as the lumbar support needs to be adjustable to provide a good structure for the curve at the base of the spine to rest against. It needs to be curved to match the spine and easily adjustable to suit different heights. It should also not be too narrow; a width of anywhere between 12 – 19 inches is fine. Ideally it should also tilt so that as you move in the chair, the lumbar support follows you.

Seat – This should be sufficiently wide enough to be comfortable when you sit in it with a least a one-inch gap on either side. As far as depth is concerned, there should offer between 2 and 4 inches of space when measured from the back of the knee to the chair edge when your back is right up against the backrest and feet flat on the floor. Make sure that there is a seat lift to give correct height; when sat in the chair, your thighs should be parallel or with a gentle slop from the hips to the knees. A waterfall edge also gives better comfort while reducing pressure on the blood flow.

Armrests – should support both arms and be fully adjustable, not getting in the way when the chair is against the desk. If they are too high or low, you will end up with neck and shoulder problems.
Base – look for a five pointed star shape as this gives the most stability; metal and wood will be sturdier than plastic. Casters should be chosen for the type of floor where the chair is placed.


Conclusion


Finally, you should look at things like weight capacity, a nicely padded seat and back, a robust fabric or leather cover and a good pneumatic or mechanical lift for the seat. Controls should be easy to access when seated. You may need a chair that swivels if the user will be using a traditional office desk. Finally life expectancy and manufacturers guarantee are very important as these influence the true cost of the seating solution chosen.
Pay attention to all of these factors, choose a well-designed office chair and have happy staff that are comfortable all of the time – from 9 ’til 5!

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New Acoustic Panel System

Introducing the new acoustic panel system from MBS.

The panels are also designer-friendly, available in over 10 eye catching designs (Wave, Prism, Technics, Tetris, Cubism, Linear, Twig, Celeste and Splat) and over 15 colours (Tropical, Glade, Citrine, Tango, Candy, Claret, Bronze, Tan, Festival, Amethyst, Ocean, Sky, Black, Charcoal. Ash and White) that will enhance the interior of any project. In addition, these can be painted to match any corporate or design requirements.

Using 70% recycled polyester, the panels are a 3rd generation product which began life as a PET bottle.

Easy to clean, please use soap and water on specific carpet cleaner to remove stains or marks. The panel should be blotted first to remove surface spills and then cleaned gently with a soft clean cloth taking care not to rub excessively or use excess water.

Tests for Fire and Acoustic Performance have been performed.

To find out more about the designs and colour options please contact jordan@mbsltd.com. An optional acoustic panel brochure can be sent containing in depth information including a six step installation guide!

It is suitable for the following environments:

  • Restaurants
  • Schools
  • Reception Areas
  • Sports Halls
  • Swimming Pools
  • Offices
  • Instrumental sounds
  • Home Cinemas
  • The list goes on!

With the panels being easy to stall, find out how by watching this short and informative video:

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Why Our Preconceptions Can Lead Us To Fail The Bench Test by Mark Eltringham

The office furniture design scene certainly came alive in the early 1990s. New ideas and new technologies wove themselves into the grand narrative of new ways of working. Everything was possible and there was no longer one best way of doing things. In New York, Chiat Day’s offices featured touch-down desks, garish crimson floors and walls and a reception framed by a huge pair of plastic, glistening lips. In Helsinki, Sol Cleaning Services did away completely with ideas as outmoded as desks and working hours. In the UK, British Airways gave their staff olive groves and indoor streams to work alongside. And in London a small media company called Michaelides and Bednash had offices that consisted of a room furnished with a single 20m long serviced table for its 20 staff to share.

Such workplaces were surely one-offs, mere footnotes to the grand narrative. So, while workplace design has almost beyond recognition since that time, plastic lips and olive groves are still a rarity. Little wonder that the eminent workplace theorist and designer Frank Duffy wrote the following of the Michaelides and Bednash office in his 1997 book The New Office: “The Michaelides and Bednash table would not work for many of the companies featured in this book. The office space is very specific to the business it houses.”

And that should have been that.

Except for one thing.

The long table with a core of data, comms and power servicing favoured by Michaelides and Bednash – now commonly known as a bench desk – has become one of the great office design success stories of the last decade or more. Pretty much all furniture manufacturers have a bench system as their standard offering.

But why should this be? With all the space planning and product options now available to us why should such a product have taken off in quite the way it has? Designers are free to create whatever working environment and recommend whatever products they think best meets the needs their clients. It’s also apparent that the bench desk is a good solution in many environments.

We should also be aware of the advantages of benches, including the arguments about teamworking, space efficiency and simplicity. But what seems to be less apparent is why they are specified in environments where they are clearly not the best solution. Benches can be inflexible, impersonal, often make overly intensive use of space and can be too regimented. They fly in the face of the notion that the workplace is an organic environment that must respond to and encourage complex flows of people, information and ideas.

The real shame is that they have come to dominate so much of what office furniture manufacturers assume as an ideal workplace solution when there are so many opportunities to innovate. Contemporary facilities managers have a wider range of planning models, finishes and products than ever before. The office furniture market offers a wide range of solutions so while the bench desk is a useful element in the overall picture, it can also become counterproductive when it is selected as a default rather than chosen as the best solution.