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A complimentary addition to any desktop,

Punto provides USB Smart Charging and

single power outlet with choice of two

peripheral connector ports.



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3 New to OFAS

4 Industry News

15 Clerkenwell Design Week

18 Events

19 Services

19 Situations Vacant

20 Sit-Stand

25 Storage


14 IOSH Managing Safely in your LMS

14 Support the Furniture Makers’ Welfare Campaign

20 Improve Posture and Wellbeing in Your Office

21 Danger at Your Desk: The Hidden Health Issues

25 Mobile Shelving - Features and Benefits

27 A Change for the Better

29 Storage at The Heart of Office Design

30 Hotelympia satisfies appetite for innovation



30 Hospitality *


35 Spring Quiz

* Hospitality section editor –

Greg Rhodes –Speed Media One

Email: greg@ofas.org.uk


Who said that moving office is a nightmare? Thankfully for us, the OFAS move

went very smoothly indeed, without incident.

I wish I could have said the same when I last moved house; that wasn’t so smooth

at all, in fact a total nightmare!! I’m sure many of you can relate to this! Have you

updated your records to our new address? Albany House, 14 Shute End, Wokingham,

Berkshire RG40 1BJ?

Before the move, during and currently, we are

getting ready for Clerkenwell Design Week

2018, where we are media partners for the

6th Year running. We love this event, as it’s a

perfect opportunity to engage with our

members and fellow contacts who share the

same interest within the contract furniture


This year, Edge Design based at 21 – 22 Great

Sutton Street, Clerkenwell, have kindly offered their showroom

as a ‘rendezvous’ point to catch up for an informal ‘Nata’

about your company, OFAS and the industry. Whilst at their

showroom, please feel free to take a look at their great

products, especially the ‘Rendevous’ and the ‘Nata’!!

We continue to welcome new members to OFAS, both Tula

and Diane Butterworth have joined us; we look forward to

working with you both going forward.

Don’t miss the informative articles throughout the journal,

together with our spotlight sections focusing on sit/stand,

hospitality and storage.

We hope you enjoy the read.

Kind regards

Alan Boyle, Director

31 Alderley Edge Hotel Reinforces Boutique Status

33 Gym Change Uplift “A Breath of Fresh Air”

34 Beyond Escapes Launch Devon Leisure Destination





Tula is celebrating its 20th anniversary with the

launch of numerous new products. These will be on

display in Clerkenwell during the Tula takeover of

the Edge Design showroom in Great Sutton Street

on the 18th, 19th and 20th of April.

Tula now has over 30 product lines showcased

on the company’s new website and in a fantastic

collection of new brochures.

Tel: 01525 722 233


Diane Butterworth Ltd is a highly regarded CAD

resource team that specialise in space planning,

3D visualisation and BIM content creation within

the workplace industry. They support furniture

manufacturers and office interior suppliers in

creating tangible and realistic design proposals.

Tel: 01908 534 204


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Express Bench Desking

• 3-5 Day Delivery

• 1600 & 1400 Tops with Scalloped Back

• 15mm Floating Top

• White, Light Grey, and Arctic Grey Tops

with White Legs

• White 3 Drawer Under Desk Pedestals

Tel 01489 892 111



Czech Republic, No 1 Office Seating Manufacture is

now here in the UK.

Tel: 07951 244 836



Exciting times at ABL!! Jayne Richards is their new National

Accounts Manager, contactable via jayne@abl-uk.com

or 07908 289242. They will soon be launching Microsoft

Dynamics Navision 365 – enabling them to greatly improve

their customer service alongside a new price list and

brochure which will be available from late spring 2018.

Tel: 0800 082 1444



London based Agua Fabrics are leading

producers of performance upholstery

fabrics for the Commercial sector. Agua has

an impressive portfolio of 30 collections

covering soft fabrics and faux leathers. All

Agua collections are fire retardant, hard

wearing, impervious, anti-microbial and

supplied with a stain resistant finish to

maintain appearance.

Tel: 020 8205 0050


BOX15’s new VT3 Motorised revolving through-desk modules offer the perfect power, data &

AV solution for desks, meeting tables and conference rooms. Wide choice of configurations

available as standard including Power, CAT6 Data, USB Smart Charge, USB Transfer & HDMI.

Premium Italian design and finished in Black Glass, White Glass or Stainless Effect. Contact

BOX15 today for full details and pricing.

Tel: 01295 565 001



Brand New for 2018: The LEXI

Featuring a tilt mechanism, weight

tension control, built in lumbar support

and 3D adjustable arms.

Fully tested to: ANSI/BIFMA

X5.1-2017 (type I, II), they can

supply the LEXI either boxed to

assemble yourself on site, fully built or

re-upholstered with your choice

of fabric.

Tel: 01422 231 300


Established in 1963, Ace Office

Environments Ltd is one of

the UK’s leading independent

providers of Business Supplies

and Equipment.

Using their 24hr delivery

service, you will find their

specialist teams are able to

supply you with everything

from staples to t-shirts,

safety wear to stationary and

furniture to fit-out your whole


Tel: 01202 240 000




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Office Logistics

at its Best

Installing new furniture

Reconfiguring the office

Relocating to new premises

Disposing of redundant furniture

or electrical products

We have the solution to meet your needs.

If you want to find out more just give us a call...

you won’t be disappointed.

London Tel: 01708 550405

Warrington Tel: 01565 777418

Perth Tel: 01738 447090


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Javelin New Bench Design by Century Office

The Javelin bench desking system and boardroom solutions are stylish,

comprehensive and flexible, designed for today’s IT dependent office

environments. It’s a cost-efficient bench, engineered to adapt easily to the

ever-changing needs of any business. It has a height settable frame and

sliding tops allowing access to the cable trays for quick and easy cable


Tel: 0800 0929 301


Burland Technology Solutions have now completed the integration process of

Electropatent International which is still sold under its own brand. Recent major

project wins in the Far East and UK have vindicated Richard Vass’s decision to acquire

the business. Order books and project funnel are all growing at an encouraging rate.

Tel: 01473 858 214


This latest version of Porthole has been designed to

support a range of UK and international sockets and

comes complete with integral 4A USB power supply.

The 2 port USB power supply, which can charge all

leading mobile phones and tablets, is designed to share

the power when two devices are connected but can

deliver a maximum 4A to a single USB socket when

only one device is connected.

Tel: 01709 829 511



Contact Cobal Signs for

more information on their

comprehensive range of

workstation accessories,

including nameplates, pin and

dry wipe boards and letter

trays, all available in a range of

colours to fit any workstation.

Tel: 01635 570 600



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This stylish monitor arm, arguably one of the slimmest

of its type on the market today, has been awarded

FIRA’s prestigious Ergonomic Excellence Award and

is now supplied with a 10 year extended warranty.



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New for 2018 is Fuze - a desk range with a solid

oak leg frame and co-ordinated desktop finish,

options that provide a modern, stylish twist on

bench desking. Fuze desks are the perfect answer

for a less corporate modern office, blending the best

of European design with the highest workmanship

standards, to support the most creative of


Tel: 0151 548 7111



The Cosy Cove by James Tobias is ideal for modern offices, it allows staff the flexibility to meet

and collaborate in a creative environment which is worlds away from a boardroom. Finished with

premium fabric in a range of colours, the Cosy Cove is the perfect addition to a creative workspace.

Tel: 01278 437 300



Tablets are powerful business tools. Choose a

Durable tablet holder wall arm or table clamp

for a space-saving solution that holds any

make and model of tablet between 7” – 13”.

The ergonomic swivel arm can be placed in a

number of positions, tilted and even rotated

360°. Perfect for desks or collaboration spaces.

Tel: 01202 897 071


Imperial Office Furniture are celebrating their

25th Anniversary by hosting an Open Week at

their Manchester Showroom, week commencing

14th May 2018. They will be showcasing a range

of new products and a refreshed showroom

layout. Contact your Area Sales Manager for

more information.

Tel: 01204 364 602



The new Vienna premier mesh back task chair by Formetiq.

• Self-balance mechanism

• Seat slide

• Moulded foam seat

• Height adjustable padded armrests

• Adjustable mesh headrest

• Polished aluminium base and gas lift

• Stocked in black fabric for immediate UK & Ireland


For competitive dealer pricing, call or email:

Tel: 01502 533 433



Create a Ruckus! KI Introduces Revolutionary New

Seating for Active Learning Spaces

KI’s new Ruckus seating collection redefines the

boundaries of learning spaces. It’s not so much an

evolution as a revolution. This game-changing chair

optimises student engagement, facilitates a wide

range of teaching styles, and adapts to users and

uses. Ruckus was the winner of ‘Best of NeoCon

2017’ Gold Award for education solutions.

Tel: 020 7404 7441


Office Interiors Wholesale have a new ‘Bench’ system which is now a stock line.

With a choice of White or Silver legs, 25mm chamfered tops, width adjustable frame and cable

tray, scallop wire management and ‘A’ frame legs; it’s sure to be a winner. Despite all this, you

will find it’s the most price competitive true bench system you as a dealer can buy in the UK

today. For further information please contact them.

Tel: 01535 601 100


Lee and Plumpton are a leading British manufacturer

of desking, storage and seating for the modern

commercial interior. Their furniture is manufactured

to quality standard BS EN ISO9001:2015 in

accordance with environmental standard BS EN

ISO14001:2015. Excellence delivered on time.

For all enquiries, or to arrange a visit to their

London showroom, please contact them.

Tel: 01953 453 830


Okamura, founded in Yokohama,

Japan, is a leading international

furniture manufacturer renowned for

its exceptional designs and quality


While refusing to stray from their motto

“Quality Pays For Itself” they have been

innovating for over 70 years - offering

products that consistently exceed their

customers’ high expectations.

Tel: 020 3077 5930


Solutions 4 have been working on several

feasibility studies creating Co-Working

facilities for the UK’s leading property

developer. Their designs maximise the return

on investment for their client whilst providing

comfortable, modern dynamic workplaces for

some of the most entrepreneurial members

of the business community. Co-Working will

increase and Solutions 4 have developed the

best ranges to assist.

Tel: 020 7309 2909


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Be the first to offer USB Type C

charging to your customers

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Building on 30 years of extensive industry experience, Elite have become a

pivotal manufacturer of contemporary and adaptive office furniture, workstations

and seating solutions.

Influenced by the modern-day workplace, we embrace innovative techniques,

using sustainable materials to produce efficient products that complement the

office environment. Find out more:

Tel: 01405 746 000


Source Tec are thrilled to announce that they have joined the

Bestuhl UK group of brands. Together under one umbrella, their

collective aim is to provide their clients with market leading,

innovative office accessories to compliment the Bestuhl, Albion,

m.a.d., and United Strangers brands. For further information, feel

free to get in touch.

Tel: 020 7504 1212



Sigma, a stunning Spanish manufactured executive desk range for the modern

contemporary office. Beautifully curved high density MFC desk top with a

large worksurface area, and a stylish white-steel leg frame. A full range of

attractive chairs, meeting tables and storage cupboards are also available in

this range.

Tel: 0800 731 4592


A new addition to their Bench desk range.

Nova Wood features solid Ash wooden legs with either melamine

tops or HPL tops with sloping edges. The range includes single or

bench desks, high tables, coffee tables and meeting/conference tables.

Please call them for more information and pricing.

Tel: 01536 418 341


ECO360 recyclable cardboard desk is a costeffective,

environmentally-friendly workstation

solution that doesn’t compromise the way you work.

Made from 100% recyclable FSC® cardboard and

finished with a hard-wearing, recyclable acrylic top,

it’s built to perform and fully tested by FIRA.

For more information, contact them.

Tel: 0333 444 360


Triumph - A handful of

products that they feel

makes their Directory POP!

Welcoming their spring

feature – Little Gems – to

their showrooms. It’s their

most popular collection

of products they’ve put

together. To book a London

or South Wales visit, please

contact them.

Tel: 01685 352 222



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Teknik are driving forward with their Home Office and domestic categories following

a positive showing at the January Furniture Show. All products continue to be available

from UK stocks and the New catalogue and Pre-built seating service have been very

well received. If you would like a copy or further information, please contact them.

Tel: 01234 328 804


Vital Parts now stock a large range of self adhesive pads for use with all kinds of

furniture and appliances. They come in PTFE, felt and rubber styles to suit every

installation and surface type.

Tel: 01233 713 581

See the selection at www.vital-parts.co.uk/stick-on-feet--


After many successful years at the Gallery and their continued

sales growth in the UK, Viasit came to realise that they needed

more room to host their customers and support their exciting

new product portfolio. They are delighted to inform you that

they are relocating to a new showroom in Clerkenwell.

Watch out for the invitation to their official opening in May!

Tel: 07769 883 335



yuno – The Smart Alternative to the Folding Table

Enclosed in this issue of the OFAS Journal is Issue 3 of the Woodstock Express

Brochure, net priced for easy use and featuring more products than ever! All prices

include next day delivery to your own warehouse or to your customer. Call their long

serving, experienced sales team for more information.

Tel: 0161 494 5868


Comfort’s innovative range of

ergonomic task chairs are designed to

be compatible with individuals’ needs

through smart design, engineering and

advanced technology, such as their

patented single lever mechanism.

The revolutionary lever provides

intuitive, simple adjustments from

one location, making it invaluable in

today’s agile work environments. For

more information contact them.

Tel: 0845 652 0693


yuno by Wiesner Hager impresses with its minimalist

elegance and innovative design concept which adopts

the positive features of a folding table whilst avoiding its

weaknesses. It stacks easily and compactly without the

need to fold the frame, thus saving valuable time and

space when setting up, dismantling and storing tables.

Tel: 020 7490 3627



Manufacturer WSOF Ltd are busy preparing their new Price List and

Specification Guide along with various other marketing documents,

which will include their Locker Range and New Capri Table Range. There

are also additions to their Dining Furniture Range, and their Educational

Loose Furniture range in anticipation of another busy summer.

Tel: 01243 512 215


De Raat Security Products has been supplying safes and vaults to UK

domestic and commercial customers since 1967. De Raat supplies

‘off the shelf’ and bespoke security solutions to meet their customer

requirements. If you have an enquiry, all you have to do is give them a call.

Tel: 01691 626 900


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IOSH Managing Safely in

your LMS

IOSH Managing Safely is the world’s

best-known health and safety certificate

course for managers and supervisors.

With the latest version 5.0 syllabus, the new eLearning

version of the course from International Workplace is

the most engaging and accessible yet for managers and


International Workplace has developed an innovative new

plug in to allow employers to run our acclaimed IOSH

Managing Safely eLearning course in their own LMS, with

some great benefits:

Put yourself in control: apply your branding, manage enrolments, create cohorts, and report on performance.

Save time: auto import learners, manage communications, and track real-time progress – not forgetting the time you’re saving by

reducing travel

Save money: up to 65% cheaper than classroom courses

Cut carbon: choose eLearning to reduce travel, improve flexibility and cut wasted resources.


Support the Furniture

Makers’ Welfare Campaign

The Furniture Makers’ Company, the furnishing

industry’s charity, is appealing to the entire sector to

support its 2018 welfare campaign by hanging its new

poster to help spread the word that it can support

industry workers past and present if they have fallen on

hard times.

The charity is calling on employers within the industry to get behind the initiative

and hang copies of the poster in offices, factories and other designated staff areas.

The Furniture Makers’ Company provides financial assistance to workers within the

industry through grants.

Copies of the poster can be downloaded from


Tel: 020 7562 8522.


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L O N D O N ’ S



Where the contract community unite. See

the latest products, trends and influencers

from this established design sector.




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As dual screen working increasingly becomes the norm

in the modern workplace the ability to adopt these new

working styles is key to user productivity and well-being.

Ollin is a cost effective, future proofed solution to the

changing configuration of the workstation. Allowing you

to update rather than replace as your needs change.

A dual screen mount can be attached to the main arm,

improving user productivity. And because there’s no need

to provide a separate arm for each screen, expenditure is

kept to a minimum while productivity increases.


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Welcoming you to ABL’s new

London Showroom based at

the Vault






The Vault, 8 St. John’s Lane

London EC1M 4BF

Central reservations

01933 428 156

NEW ABL catalogue

available early 2018













Tel: 0800 082 1444

Email: sales@abl-uk.com



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REDSPACE Interiors

Due to last year’s huge success, they will be offering a tour of Clerkenwell during

design week. If you would like to see what Clerkenwell has to offer or how they

can help create office space that incorporates your work culture; reflects your

workplace aspirations and your brand identity, contact them today.

Tel: 0203 328 6000



After many successful years at the Gallery and

their continued sales growth in the UK, Viasit

came to realise that they needed more room to

host their customers and support their exciting

new product portfolio. They are delighted to

inform you that they are relocating to a new

showroom in Clerkenwell.

Watch out for the invitation to their official

opening in May!

Tel: 07769 883 335




The Academies Show

25th April 2018

Excel, London


Clerkenwell Design Week

22nd – 24th May 2018



The Merchandise Mart, Chicago

11th - 13th June 2018


Facilities Show

London, Excel

19th – 21st June 2018


Firex International

London, Excel

19th – 21st June 2018


Manchester Furniture Show

Manchester Central, Petersfield,


15th - 17th July 2018



Meet Only Original Designs


11th - 13th September 2018


Office Furniture China 2018

Shanghai New Int’l Expo Centre (SNIEC)

11th - 14th September 2018


100% Design

Olympia, London

19th – 22nd September 2018


“The information in this journal is supplied in good faith but its accuracy is not guaranteed and no warranty or representation is

made in that regard. Inclusion in the OFAS journal does not necessarily represent an OFAS recommendation.”

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Active Office Seating, manufacturers of quality office / breakout seating

also offer a re-upholstery service to the trade which has successfully

run for many years. Should you require any upholstery quotes, please

contact them.

Tel: 01268 779 991



Fast Key Services are the UK’s leading supplier of replacement keys

and locks for office furniture and lockers. Fastkeys cut and dispatch

same day, a comprehensive range of keys for locks covering all the

major lock and office furniture manufacturers. These include Lowe and

Fletcher, Ronis, Ojmar, Ahrend, MLM Lehmann, BMB, Hafele, Hekna,

Huwil, Knoll, Touch T6 and many more.

Tel: 01268 562 562



Margolis is the exclusive distributor for ERGOLAIN, an award winning

company specialising in the design, manufacturing and sourcing of

contract furniture for serviced offices, public spaces, hotels and


Together they pride themselves in the service provided through

dedicated design, project management and manufacturing teams,

enabling them to deliver your complete project.

Tel: 020 7387 8217



As a Yorkshire based company Over2Hills provide recycling services

throughout the UK. They have 120,000 sq ft of storage space.

Over2Hills has been set up to make things easy and to stop the

disposal of redundant office furniture being an environmental problem.

They also provide you with an e-paper trail to enable you to record

the amount of furniture they dispose of on your behalf.

Tel: 01274 876 761


Desk Warehouse are a Belfast based company, which services a wide range of

businesses and homes throughout the UK and Ireland. They welcome the opportunity

to distribute products for GB based wholesalers and have a speciality in buying

discontinued, liquidated and remaindered stocks.

Tel: 0800 999 6055



PLUS FINANCE are the leading UK specialists in finance for businesses buying office

furniture and refurbishing or equipping their working environments. Leasing is the

smart choice to finance an office project; its tax efficient and fixed payments mean

better cashflow and accurate budgeting. Call for more information or a quote.

Tel: 01494 783 773



Rapid Office offers a free space planning and

design consultation as part of their design

service. Each project is given the attention to

detail it deserves.

Tel: 01708 755 666



Act now to discover an installation company with proven experience

in the interior installation market.

Sapphire Contractors has a wealth of experience in Partitions,

M&E Services, Furniture, Flooring and Ceilings supply and installations.

With a North and South Office they cover a large area.

Call today for a no obligation quotation and more information

Tel: 020 8665 6226



Suttons offer a complete cost-effective renovation and refurbishment service for

all types of office seating. From a single chair to 100 plus chairs, they are happy to

survey, assess and repair your office seating, to help reduce both your costs and

impact on the environment. Contact Suttons for a FREE estimate and advice.

Tel: 01458 252 492




Role Responsibilities

The Store Sales Manager role is pivotal to Andrews

Office Furniture’s continued success. You will be

responsible for building strong relationships with key

accounts and developing new business.

Role Requirements

You will need to demonstrate the following:

• Your ability to meet and exceed targets

• Ability to assist clients in planning

• Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills

• Strong time management skills

• Willingness to travel in your local area to grow sales

• Good knowledge of the furniture

• Lead a small team to grow sales

Hours of Work

• The hours of work are full-time, Monday to Friday

- some Saturdays may be required.

What we Offer

• A competitive salary

• A generous commission package

To apply please send a copy of your CV to


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The Best Ways to

Improve Posture

and Wellbeing in Your Office

In order to get the best out of your office and your

own productivity (as well as that of your employees)

you need to consider ergonomics. The importance of

a good chair and desk should not be underestimated.

A sit/stand desk is a modern and stylish way of making your office more

posture friendly. They break up the monotony caused by prolonged sitting

as well as reducing any subsequent aches and pains. Actively swapping

between sitting and standing increases blood flow which contributes to

increased energy, reduced stress levels, and it also burns more calories.

A few years ago, the idea of a sit/stand would have probably sent shivers down the spine when thinking about their cost, but now they

are completely affordable and can even be customised to suit the style of your office or to better fit your budget.

In order to fully reap the benefits of ergonomic furniture,

you will need to pair your sit/stand desks with suitable chairs.

Having a chair that can adapt to each employee’s individual

frame is what you should aim for. This winning combination

should mean that back and neck complaints will become a

thing of the past, and both you and your workforce will be

able to focus more effectively.

If, however, you cannot afford to buy an ergonomic chair and

a sit/stand desk, then a good substitute would be to buy a

lumbar support that can be placed on any office chair. An

adjustable foot rest will provide additional support as well –

add both the lumbar support and the footrest to your sit/stand

desk and chair combo for a complete ergonomic office.

Galina Solopova – Century Office

Tel: 01482 714 488



Keep active in the office

workplace with Eurofit’s electric

height adjustable desk frame.

All components are supplied in

one box to suit 1200-1800mm

tops and a height range 715-

1190mm when used with 25mm

top thickness. For more details

on this affordable robust frame

range contact their sales team.


Sit-Stand Mats

Sit-Stand mats provide a cushion

for standing and are an important

accessory for any sit-stand


ActiveFusion Sit-Stand Mat (8707101)

• Unique shape promotes stretching

and movement

Everyday Sit-Stand Mat (8707001)

• Encourages subtle movement to

prevent fatigue

For more information or to

discuss a trial contact Fellowes

Tel: 00800 18101810 or

email: rmonk@fellowes.com


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Harnser Office Furniture are pleased to announce their new

electric height adjustable desk range with adjustable widths

from 1200mm to 1800mm and height adjustment from

710mm to 1210mm.

For more information or for advice on how Harnser can help

you, please contact their sales team.

Tel: 01508 532 266


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Danger at Your Desk:

The Hidden Health Issues

Seven hours at your desk can lead to obesity and depression.

New research from global office solutions brand, Fellowes, has found that worryingly most

people in Britain will spend seven hours of their day sitting at a desk, with 42% of Brits

admitting to sitting for too long without taking a break.

While it may seem harmless sitting at your desk for most of the work day, one in three will suffer a health problem. This can include

everything from back pain and fatigue to serious issues such as obesity and depression.

Sitting for over seven hours isn’t the only bad habit we have at work:

• Over half (55%) of UK employees also admit to poor posture when sitting at their desks

• 42% of Brits are not drinking enough water during the day

The research shows that Brits are amongst the worst affected in Europe, with UK employees suffering regularly from backache (34%),

neck ache (25%) and headaches (23%) as a direct result of how they are working.

In addition, as many as 1 in 5 (19%) UK workers highlighted weight problems, and 1 in 10 (8%) cited an increase in blood pressure as a

result of poor wellbeing at work.

These health issues are reducing the daily volume of work employees are able to produce, leading to nearly a quarter (24%) of

employees working extra hours or at the weekend on a regular basis to compensate.

These health problems are costing an incredible €73 billion loss to businesses across Europe because of employee sickness. High

absence rates mean low productivity for businesses which translates to low profit margins.

However, it’s not just the employee’s responsibility to take care of their own wellbeing. To tackle this growing problem, employers must

start to implement a longer-term, more preventative approach to unhealthy working practices, rather than falling back on tactical ‘quickfixes’.

With 57% of employees saying that they would stay in their jobs longer if more was done to look after their wellbeing, and 58%

saying that their work would be of a better quality, the solution to the productivity puzzle is clear. Evidently there is a huge incentive

for employers to address the causes of work-related health issues and by doing so, they will pave the way for a much happier, more

engaged and ultimately a more productive work place.

Stephen Bowden, Fellowes Chartered Ergonomist, said: “Our findings signal serious problems in the workplace, where employees’

health and wellbeing are being affected.

Richard Monk – Fellowes

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mauser’s innovative and visually appealing xitan.s wins the

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Being honoured for the second time since its launch in 2016,

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GANTNER Technologies is the leading manufacturer of electronic

locking solutions specially designed for the new requirements of the

corporate workspace. They provide electronic locking solutions for

activity based workspace and hot-desking. For employees the system

is supremely convenient - one credential (RFID or NFC card or key

tag) for access control, locker usage and time recording. The benefits

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The GANTNER Battery-operated and Networked Locking Systems

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employee lockers in flexible office environments. It is easy to use and

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requiring mechanical keys, the system conveniently uses pre-existing

employee-id cards or mobile phones or even Oyster cards. A web

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Mobile Shelving -

Features and Benefits

High quality mobile shelving offers many different features, with the resulting attendant

benefits, so that it is ideally suited for use in libraries, in archives and in offices.

Firstly, it minimizes the need for gangways thus providing up to 60%

more storage space than static shelving within the same floor area.

Adjustable steel shelves and uprights ensure longevity and it should be

possible to select different colours for steel components together with

end panels which can be timber or glass or be screen printed. In

addition to shelves, the availability of filing frames, pull out drawers,

pigeon hole dividers and hanging rails facilitates the storage of a wide

variety of media.

Shelving bays can be provided with hinged or sliding doors for added

security and, subject to load bearing capability, the rails for the mobile

bases can be laid on existing floors with an infill floor between to allow

he entire installation to be moved to an alternative location at a future

date if required.

In addition to manually operated shelving, some manufacturers can

also provide electronically operated systems where the mobile stacks can be moved at the touch of a button rather than with a handle.

As always, when purchasing any technical product, it is important to ensure that the supplier can demonstrate an understanding of what

is to be stored and, if required, produce suggested layouts. Of equal importance is the supplier’s ability to install the product correctly

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A Change for the Better

Key pointers when it’s time to consider changing areas. Designing and fitting out changing

and locker rooms is a specialised business, requiring knowledge and expertise across several

disciplines for the whole to work out greater than the sum of the parts.

Partnering the process

When it’s time for a change and a refit,

or starting from scratch, best to specify a

supplier/installer that can co-ordinate the

project for you, from design and layout to

completed facility.

The suppliers dedicated project manager,

assigned to partner you through the

process, is tuned to handle everything

from quotes, drawings, materials, surfaces

and décor to overseeing the install and


Ask about the fitting team too – have they

a long track record of doing the job. The

best have been plying their trade for a

generation so can often use their own skill

and judgment to iron out any hiccups that

may arise.

Built to last/fit to refresh

Leisure and fitness changing areas can

come in for a bit of a battering due to

heavy use. Locker carcasses may well stand

the test of time but doors and edgings can

show their age and you should be looking

to refurbish every five years or so.

Interior décor in the sector can date quite

quickly and it’s critical that members feel

they are using fresh, modern environments

rather than stale ones.

Sturdily built lockers can be kept in

place, while doors and panelling can be

replaced with vogue patterns, designs and

hardwearing materials, to keep costs down.

No bugbears

Changing room hygiene remains a key

concern, especially in wet areas but

sophisticated surfaces are heralding in new

levels of clinical cleanliness to combat risk

of cross-infection.

Doors and other seen wood components

can be finished with two coats of high

build clear lacquer formulated to include

an agent, such as Medicote, designed to

prevent bacteria surviving on its surface.

The agent also reduces risk of

deterioration, discoloration and odours

caused by micro-organisms. The result is a

high-quality, durable finish with added level

of protection.

Go with the flow

Architects and designers may leave

changing room layouts to the supply

specialists, whose experience with

optimising alloted space will help deliver

facilities that promote ease and comfort.

Good locker layout for example can aid

traffic flow from entry to exit, while poor

design can create havoc. When some hotel

fitness changing rooms have to cater for

memberships of several thousand, thought

given to this element of provision is time

well spent.

Lock and store

Trends are changing in hospitality.

Locker management is shifting to digital

solutions, in part to avoid key losses or

inappropriate use. RFID (Radio-Frequency

Identification) systems use electromagnetic

fields to identify and track tags (containing

electronically-stored information) attached

to objects automatically. Tags can be

attached to cash, clothing and possessions.

Keypad methods rely on using a personal,

usually four-digit, code to open the locker.

Modern electronic locking allows site

staff to control the secure time available

to members and users before the door

automatically opens.

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Storage at The Heart of Office Design

Many articles have highlighted the importance of intelligent office design and how poorly

designed or uninspiring workspaces can affect stress levels, reduce productivity, impact on

overall performance, and impede efforts to attract the best people.

Steel carcass with branded graphics on polycarbonate doors enhance branding and address security concerns.

Office storage products have always been an essential component in office furniture design, typically on a strictly functional level and

hidden out of sight. Recent changes in market forces have meant that office storage is increasingly being integrated into the heart of

office design. This in turn has led to a dramatic transformation in the market for lockers, epitomising how a well-designed functional

product can seriously impact on the overall aesthetics of the modern office.

As key players in the office furniture market respond by launching NEW locker ranges in a variety of sizes and colours, it is perhaps more

appropriate to consider the elevated importance of lockers from a bespoke design perspective.

When it comes to integrating lockers into an office fit-out project,

functional considerations include; height, capacity, security, mobility,

personalisation and power source. Additionally, lockers can be

used to; enhance branding, inject colour, create zones and enhance

workplace aesthetics.

Office hubs incorporating lockers, create zones

and honour brand values.

As the trend for lockers to be customised is explored even further by end

users, it is important to seek cost effective ways to add value for clients

by presenting them with inspiring and unique design ideas that meet

their storage needs without breaking the bank. Combining different

materials and finishes, and injecting vibrant colours and graphics are

good ways to exploit design principles to get the desired results.

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Their production facilities allow for a bespoke

approach to LOCKER design and the efficient

manufacture of MFC and steel furniture products.

LOCKERS can be manufactured in steel or MFC, or

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Experience gained on a number of large projects

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The most valuable aspect of their service to clients

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Britain’s diverse hospitality sector covers a vast range

of specifying requirements – from spa treatment room

furniture and poolside loungers to boutique hotel fitouts

delivering distinctive, characterful bedroom decors and chic

bar and restaurant interiors.

Every project is different, large or small, and we aim to

portray a little of the creativity that architects, interior

designers and specifiers inject into them in our new section.

We want to hear your news of how furniture and accessories

are satisfying an ever more discerning public. Contact Greg Rhodes at greg@ofas.org.uk with your suggestions.

Hotelympia satisfies appetite

for innovation

Hotelympia is set to fully rebrand as the Hotel, Restaurant and Catering Show (HRC), returning

to its original 1935 identity from 2020.

The move is designed to lend greater clarity to the event’s offer and further reinforce its

relevance to the entire hospitality and foodservice sector, organiser Fresh Montgomery states.


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“We are moving to refine the content and formats of

the event,” says HRC Portfolio Director Ross Carter, “to

create not just a market-leading but market-defining


The event has never lost sight of its long and illustrious

heritage, he adds “but will now evolve to help meet

the unique challenges and opportunities of today”.

Building on Hotelympia’s 83-year heritage, the show

is moving in a “bold new direction to give more clarity

and a greater sense of identity to our key sectors”.

Standalones such as the Interiors and Table Show will

remain within the revitalised HRC proposition. This

year, it showcased products supplying the international

hotel, hospitality and leisure sectors.

Grosfillex Contract displayed its design-lead

contemporary contract furniture, distributed by

Bridgman Leisure, while also working with UK partners

Targwell distributing its design-lead wall panels.

The new Sunset low outdoor garden lounge range

combines sleek design with exceptional materials.

Wide, deep textylene seating offers “unmatched

comfort for a true moment of convivial wellbeing”.

Hotel Contract Interiors is an experienced supplier,

UK based and popular with many major hotels groups

including Best Western, Days Inn, Hilton, Ramada and


“long and

illustrious heritage”

Its conference and banqueting furniture includes

reception and breakout furniture and a large selection

of aluminium chairs available in hundreds of fabric

options and “virtually unbreakable” wood-look models.

Magre Design & Hotel Furniture meanwhile commits

to “provide quality products, finish them at the most

reasonable budget and deliver on time” across hotel

and shopfitting sectors.

DR Furniture describes itself as “a modern company

with roots running deep into the Bohemian handcraft

furniture manufacturing tradition”.

“We love working with wood,” adds the Czech-based

manufacturer, which supplies indoor and outdoor lines

and an interior design service.

Bespoke patio, swimming pool and spa enclosures are

manufacturer Alukov’s stock in trade. Horeca telescopic

enclosures versions can transform restaurants, hotels

or café indoor spaces into outdoors “in just seconds to

fulfil the potential of an outside area and attract more


Targeting the hospitality and F & B sectors, “third

generation” furniture designer and manufacturer Parla

works closely with architects and designers to supply

a wide range of loose and fixed furniture for projects

worldwide such as Nobu Hotel, Shoreditch in the heart

of London’s artistic quarter.

Millennium-launched Ultimate Contract Ltd specialises

in supplying contemporary and classic furniture. Made

in the UK, it serves hotels, bars, restaurants and golf

clubs in the UK and Europe.

Date for your diary: 2-4 March 2020, ExCel London

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Alderley Edge Hotel

Reinforces Boutique Status

In the heart of Cheshire’s `footballer belt`, Alderley Edge Hotel is undergoing major

refurbishment as owners the Lees-Jones family launch a £2.5m upgrade.

Manchester-based consultants Carroll

Design have completed the first phase for

the family, which is celebrating 190 years of

brewing under its LW Lees brand.

“our interiors are concept driven”

“The client wanted to update the bar and

restaurant, which was previously housed

in a conservatory which had come to the

end of its useful life,” says architect Ian


“Our brief was to replace the conservatory

with an updated orangery befitting the

main hotel building. The restaurant was to

have an eclectic but relaxed, homely feel.”

As with any restaurant, the main traffic

flow is food from the kitchen. “We had to

take into account how customers move

around the space,” Ian explains, “and this

influenced the number of covers and our

furniture specification.”

The orangery was sized to accommodate

the required number of covers and

traffic flows. “In keeping with the brief,

w selected luxury soft seating from Style

Matters - a larger chair than standard.”

The brief is always the key consideration,

which encapsulates the target market

of the hotel, he adds. “Budget was also

important as we had to balance aesthetics

with commercial considerations but it

allowed us to specify custom fabrics and

so lower the unit cost of furniture without

compromising aesthetics and quality.”

Sourcing a supplier with a pedigree in

hospitality and commercial interiors was

critical in delivery stylish, eclectic furniture

to match the `homely` brief, Ian adds.

“The challenge was to find furniture that

did not feel commonplace or `pubby`.

Style Matters’ range met our needs and

provided the required degree of diversity.”

The design of the existing building

means both bar and restaurant form a

unified space. “We devoted a lot of time

considering how the space should be subdivided

and whether the restaurant should spill into

the bar area,” explains Ian.

“It was felt the bar needed to be more

informal and relaxed, allowing a variety of

spaces for people to sit, with more formal

seating by the bar and more relaxed

seating with sofas and chairs by the


The hotel bar has to satisfy differing

types of clientele. “Hotel guests are likely

to use the space at breakfast time, and

conference/business clients for shorter

periods throughout the day. Sockets

throughout provide power for those

wanting to use the space as a working

area, allowing customers the choice of


The practice specified a high level of finish

throughout. Engineered oak was used

instead of laminated floor and high quality

fabrics and wallcoverings all ooze an

understated quality. Statement pieces such

as the blown glass entrance chandelier

were used to create talking points to the


This was Carroll Design’s first project for

JW Lees, who appointed the practice on

the strength of their portfolio of restaurant

projects for local and national clients. “Our

interiors are concept driven, meaning we

try and bring something special to all our

design work,” Ian notes.

Their solutions certainly seem to satisfy

the family’s vision to reinforce Alderley

Edge Hotel as “the best boutique hotel in



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Gym Change

Uplift “A Breath

of Fresh Air”

Upgrade of the busy Pace Gym is the latest

phase of a rolling redevelopment programme

at the vast 895-room Park Inn, Heathrow.

Project architects Satellite have worked with the

hotel for the last seven years, redesigning several

key areas, including the bar and restaurant. This time round, refreshing the gym was the project in hand for Satellite. Fitness is a

fast-moving market, with tastes and trends shifting regularly.

Décor particularly can date quickly and facilities can age

too given the thousands of times annually that guests use

them to work out and change.

“The scope of the project involved new lighting and

redecoration, re-equipping the gym, fitting a sauna in the

pool area, fresh flooring and male and female changing

provision,” states project architect Giedre Kazlauskaite.

A provider new to her this time was bespoke changing

room furniture manufacturer and installer Crown Sports

Lockers. “We sourced locker suppliers and Crown looked

to have the quality, expertise and experience to handle

the work,” she notes.

After meeting Crown project manager Sam Palmer on

site to finalise designs for the changing area, the bespoke

furniture manufacturer began fitting out both male and

female rooms. “The layouts of the male and female

changing rooms have been stripped out and completely

reconfigured to achieve the optimal layout,” Giedre says.

The vision for the project was as refreshing as the décor chosen to deliver it. “Slate grey,

anthracite, Capri and Royal blue patterned locker doors, with cream interiors create a

sense of playfulness and generate an uplifting environment in which to change and an

aesthetic to attract new customers too,” she explains.

The tones and ambience are mirrored in slate grey bench seating with stainless steel legs,

and contrasting upholstered Agua Aries charcoal island seats.

Dry vanity units finished in sophisticated slate grey laminate, picked up in shower and

toilet cubicles and Corian Cameo white wet vanities complete a turnkey scope of project

that Crown increasingly handles.

Adds Giedre: “Crown’s quality of product and work were excellent throughout and they

were so easy to deal with. Everything ran like clockwork.”

Attention to health and safety is particularly important within

the crèche.

Bespoke changing room manufacturers and installers Crown

Sports Lockers have the experience to know the key factors

to consider when designing such sensitive facilities.

Bright, engaging décor helps create a cheery, welcoming

environment but behind lively colours lies the detailing that

ensures children enjoy safe activity.

Speak to Crown about partnering your crèche project from

concept to install.

Tel: 01803 555 885


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Beyond Escapes Launch

Devon Leisure Destination

Beyond Escapes Devon is the first of several new holiday and leisure experiences planned

over the next five years.

Boutique apartments and luxury lodges with exhilarating hot tubs are

set in the grounds of a stately mansion overlooking the South Devon

countryside near Totnes, commanding magnificent views down to the

Torbay coastline.

“We have started as we mean to go on,” the company proclaims,

“with a level of quality décor and fittings that set high standards to

help ensure the best possible guest experience.”

Alongside the 50 boutique-style suites, apartments and lodges, the

operator offers residential and local guests the on-site BE Tempted

Restaurant and BE You Spa & Gym, embracing fully-kitted gym,

outdoor vitality pool, steam room and sauna, heated loungers and

four treatment rooms.

The destination certainly packs the wow factor, notes Alistair Johnson,

Managing Director of spa consultancy, designers and operator Spa

Creators, contracted for the project.

“There are great views of the sea as you work out in the gym and we

created a dramatic vitality hall featuring a wall of water,” he explains.

“Our choice of furniture for Beyond Escapes Devon centred on form

and function,” Alistair continues. “Bridgman are a large provider of

commercial furniture and offered a three-year warranty on the items

they supplied.

“Galapagos furniture is made in the UK and the company views its

products as an investment, built to a quality that allows operators to

reupholster items rather than replacing everything. Longevity is a key

factor when selecting seating for relaxation in the lounge.”

Functionality and style were the requirements when specifying Made

in Britain furniture manufacturer REM, celebrating their centenary

this year, which offers manicure units, seating, massage couches and


Soft furnishings from The Contract Chair Co add “choice, convenience

and continuity” to the Beyond Escapes Devon ambience.

Quality changing areas are increasingly important in specification

criteria and for this project, Alistair chose bespoke furniture

manufacturer and installer Crown Sports Lockers, whose products are

also made in Britain.

They supplied and fitted bespoke timber lockers with Digilock Axis

RFID locks, dry vanity unit, towel display and drop, kitting out the four

treatment rooms with bespoke cupboards, tops and storage. Front

of house installs include the reception area and desk and a retail unit,

which Spa Creators designed with Crown.




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How much do you know

about our capital city?

Answer these questions and email your answers to

alan@ofas.org.uk for a chance to win a £50.00 store

voucher! The winner of our winter competition was

Chris Wycombe, congratulations Chris, we hope you

enjoy spending your voucher!





1 What colour will you get if you mix the Circle Line with the

Piccadily Line?

2 How many lions guard Nelson’s Column?

3 Where in London were the first escalators installed in 1898?

4 Who said ‘When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life: for

there is in London all that life can afford’?

5 Which is the busiest London Underground Station?

6 Fenchurch Street, Liverpool Street, Kings Cross,... what

completes this set?

7 What starts at 21:53 every night?

8 Which author gave the copyright of the Peter Pan works to Great

Ormond Street Hospital?

9 Who did Michael Fagan famously wake up in London in July


10 The London skyscraper called 30 St Mary Axe is also known by

which nickname?

11 Which famous architect designed the glass covering of The

Great Court in the British Museum?

12 What tube line is Grange Hill station on?

13 Which famous woman was born at 17 Bruton Street, W1?

14 Which famous 18th century London writer had a cat called


15 One of the capital’s most infamous figures is Jack the Ripper. In

which decade did he carry out his murders?

16 Jude Law, born in Lewisham, is another world-famous Londoner.

But how many biological children does he have?

17 In cabbie lingo, what is a “Churchill”?

18 This south London memorial commemorates which event of


19 Where in London were the conspirators of ‘The Babbington Plot’

hung, drawn and quartered?

20 Out of the 287 underground stations, which one doesn’t have

any letters from the word ‘mackerel’ in it?

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