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The Green Office

Focussing on refurbishment, we look into the green office design trends predicted to sweep workplaces across the UK.

Experience-Driven Spaces

Experience-Driven Spaces have a connection to green office design trends and include a variety of traits that revolve around the “human potential” goals of space optimisation. These goals prioritise the employee experience and welfare at work. These areas are employee-focused and intended at fostering general wellness, nurturing happiness, creating a sense of community, and increasing morale for everyone from apprentices to top-floor executives.

Features include:

  • Plants
  • Branding
  • Shared spaces
  • Massage therapy
  • Meditation areas
  • Yoga studios and walking/jogging trails
  • Rock climbing walls
  • Espresso and cocktail bars
  • Games rooms and virtual reality gaming spaces
  • Theatre and music stages

woman in wall climbing

Nature in your Office

Introducing nature into the office is a very green idea in office design trends, literally! Design and evolution have shown the ultimate importance of implementing a creative work environment. Why not utilise plants and other green materials to connect your building with the natural world?

This ‘macro trend’ of plant-based, biophilic design brings a lively and unique workplace. Incorporating nature-inspired textures, as well as green walls, floor plants and decorative flowers, will move from a trendy fashion statement to a near-necessity for the office of the future.

Research increasingly shows that connecting your employees through nature has its health and wellness benefits, with business advantages including improved employee health and attendance and job satisfaction.

green leaf plant

Do you have a limited budget, inadequate lighting or a small office space? Don’t worry! We understand that smaller offices and businesses can be restricted or even unable to take part in this future design thinking, due to constraints beyond their control.

This is where we bring you Moss Walls – the perfect green wall alternative! Demand for Moss Walls will certainly be high in the future. Moss walls offer low and no -light solutions which are easy to maintain and offer significant cost savings on traditional office planting. They are even starting to prove popular for use in brand signage and event spaces.

Green Branding and Going Sustainable

Future-proofing your business will mean an even bigger push of environmental sustainability efforts and other green initiatives. The next step is to ensure that customers and employees are aware that the business is committed to making a change sustainably. There has been a substantial upturn in the use of green walls, plants and natural materials to highlight company branding.

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Have you got your cultural identity sorted?

Use greenery elements and materials to differentiate your brand with the greater usage of plants, containers and natural aesthetics. Need ideas to go green? Here are ways that you could differentiate your organisation:

  • Install green walls with your company logo and branding
  • Accent your office space with plants
  • Furnish your office space with sustainably sourced materials
  • Integrate biophilic elements into your design using wood, stone, clay and other natural materials, implementing these into your interior and exteriors of your offices.

Free-Range Cohabitation Spaces

Be greener with your technology and bring a free-range workspace to your future-proof business. Increase your resource efficiency and offer increased innovation throughout your workforce. Open office spaces can provide a more sustainable outlook for your business.

Closed-up office spaces are a thing of the past. Bring the walls down and evolve your business. Share your space and choose an open plan office design. Allow your employees to engage and interact with you, making them feel more valued and a greater asset to your business.

Share your goals with your team and maximise collaboration, creativity, flexibility and promote innovative ideas. Cohabitation spaces have evolved beyond the tech sector and are now being integrated into businesses of all shapes and sizes. What about free-standing desks?

Remember to include the following characteristics into your cohabitation spaces:

  • Open plan office design
  • Dynamic, multi-use meeting areas
  • Technology resource spaces
  • Unconventional creative spaces
  • Lots of glass
  • Plants and greenery
  • Portable green wall dividers
  • Lightweight, mobile furniture
  • Plenty of desk space/no cubicles
  • Comfortable seating and chairs
  • Coffee & espresso bars

Grean wall plants Biophillic office

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