Evolution or Revolution? Everything about the way we’re banking is changing…
Whether it’s how we look for a new mortgage or insurance product, to how we digitally manage our accounts through mobile apps. Kids are now learning how to use a tablet sooner than they’re learning to read, and every business needs to adjust to this. In fact, the only thing that’s not changing is that things are constantly changing and moving forward. Banks and building societies (like everyone else) have to adapt, or risk falling behind in a sector that’s already extremely competitive.
A revolutionary banking experience for an evolving generation
A new building society branch recently opened near me with a new look. After walking in I was amazed with what I saw… gone are the days of harsh/dingy interiors. Banks and building societies are implementing the modern day retail experience in their branches. Bright walls, nice lighting, green plants and open spaces make it a much more welcoming space. Formal glass fronted cashier desks have been replaced with friendly open checkouts. The furniture has been designed to be comfortable and inspirational rather than functional… and with the benefit of iPads on tables and free Wifi, people are staying in branches longer, and engaging with the staff. Money as we know it is hardly dealt with in cash anymore, it’s either on a computer screen or a contactless card. Bank and building societies are re-developing their branches to accommodate these technological and behavioural changes.
So what about the furniture? No expense was spared on the furniture with well-known designer brands being used. Whilst the furniture may look good, it can be expensive and not fit for purpose in a commercial environment.
Heard of FIRA? What about RIGA?
At UHS Group, we ensure our commercial furniture is RIGA tested to meet the British standards set for putting furniture into a contract environment. It is quite simply doing your due diligence to ensure the safest environment for your customers and staff, as well as protecting the investment you’ve put into the furniture against breakages. This can quite easily be achieved without compromising the look of the furniture – see example below.
The proof is in the projects…
We’ve worked on several global commercial furniture projects to achieve this look – click below to view the projects.
– FinnCap offices, London
– Mediolanum Bank, Milan
– Reach Robotics, Bristol
– The Collective – co-working & co-living spaces
– The Hut Group offices
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