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Scoring – BMA Group Lisboa was distinguished

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BMA Group Lisboa was distinguished by SCORING with the Certification “TOP 5% BEST SMEs IN PORTUGAL“, 2022 edition.

According to Hugo Braz, Managing Parner “This distinction is very important to us as it reinforces the objectives set by the company in Portugal since its launch in 2020. The results we are achieving thus give us even more confidence in what we aspire to as a reference Design & Build company in Workplaces, being exciting to be able to reflect in numbers our high focus on people. We will continue to work to earn the trust of our customers and partners, and so that the indicators that this certification acesses continue to be awarded.”

BMA Group at Barcelona Heat 2021

The long-awaited start of Ligier European Series for 2021 took place in Barcelona, on the 16th and 17th April. Mathieu Martins performed magically at the controls of the #24 Orhés Racing JS2 R, sponsored by BMA Group.

In 2021, Ligier European Series is divided into six “Heats”, across the best circuits in Europe. Heat 1 of the season took place in Barcelona, on the 16th and 17th April, where Mathieu Martins presented himself driving the #24 Orhés Racing JS2 R, sponsored by BMA Group.

Overall, the #24 Orhés Racing JS2 R had a very positive and encouraging performance, conquering a double podium: 3rd place on the first race and 2nd place on the second one.

With a fierce “never give up” spirit, Mathieu Martins is already preparing for Heat 2 in Austria – Red Bull Ring Racetrack. Following that, next rounds will take place in Le Castellet, Monza and Spa-Francorchamps, finishing the championship in Portimão on the 22nd and 23rd October.

At BMA Group, we are all very proud and vibrating with every race and conquest of the #24 Orhés Racing JS2 R and specially waiting the races at our home country towns in France & Portugal!

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Advantages of Glass Partitions in Corporate Spaces… Aesthetics or Functionality

Its brightness, resistance, easy cleaning, hygiene, transparency and enormous capacity to respond to different formats are some of the characteristics that define these partitions, which carry great benefits in their use.

Glass partition walls have been an element increasingly used in buildings and refurbishments, both for their versatility and for the modernist character they design in the environments, they can respond to completely multipurpose and distinct uses, convincing and solving the present architectural constraints.

In Offices it has been a good strategy, allowing all spaces to receive natural light and giving a spacious and light character to the space, also attributing a comfortable and welcoming aspect.

The intention is also to expand the space and the glass has this characteristic of provoking the sensation of transparency, which, in turn, provides the sensation of continuity and lightness.

Vida Imobiliaria – Does office space have to do with trends?

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Does office space have to do with trends?

When we step back and look in perspective, we see that it’s about business and design first and foremost. And, BMA Group, a company specialized in Design & Construction of Office Spaces, with over 15 years of experience, present in Paris and Lisbon, has this very clear.

The pandemic has forced us to work differently and use technology in new ways. We’ve changed the way we view the workplace and better understand the need to be intentional about where we work. We live in an interconnected world and depend on our creative ability to drive innovation. There are many discussions about what the future of work will look like. They tend to be distracting and occur in an ocean of vague ideas, diluted by generic information used to support these concepts.

Technology has evolved very quickly and has allowed for greater individual customization, although many still seek standardized solutions that tend to fail to recognize what is really important and unique in each organization. There is no return. Many of the concepts for designing office spaces have changed, in some cases quite dramatically. In defining a new workplace, the typical design process just scratches the surface. To be effective, the workplace needs to be personalized. A standardized solution potentially addresses few benefits in today’s competitive landscape.

It is necessary to focus on individuals and teams, not on the general plurality. But applying a concept from another organization completely defeats the intent of the concept. With that in mind, office space now becomes a strategic and tactical tool for achieving goals. It is no longer so generic and becomes an environment that supports all the functions and interactions necessary for good performance. Designing spaces to support people, providing a great experience and creating healthy work environments are now just the basic minimum prerequisite. The workplace is about business. We must remain focused on the true reason for its existence: the purpose, the people and all the great things that come together to make each organization a unique success. For all these reasons, Space Planning, Interior Design and the most efficient and sustainable way of carrying out Fit-out Works has gained a strong relevance in office spaces.

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CBRE Report: Real Estate Strategy Reset

The Covid-19 pandemics changed the paradigm of office occupancy and, consequently, the requirements that corporate real estate leaders must consider when evaluating long-term and short-term business decisions. A new market report by CBRE explores the approaches that will lead priorities and strategic outcomes for 2021 and beyond.

CBRE experts highlight eight core truths, divided into four main areas – Talent, Location, Occupancy, Design & Experience – that will guide the future of work.

In the Talent field, CBRE states that as teams start returning to the office, their desire for flexibility and freedom of choice, will originate new behaviours, specially in the way people relate with the office space and when they decide to do it (truth 1). Future corporate real estate strategies will not focus entirely on remote work or entirely on office-based work. In fact, they will emphasize the employee’s choice regarding experiences and actions that will allow them to reach a positive work-life balance. This will result in lower office utilisation; however, it does not mean the end of the office. On the contrary, it means a new start that will allow companies to reimagine the office role and its functionality. Additionally, CBRE also states that the workplace will have to be reconsidered according to an hybrid workstyle and more distributed teams (truth 2).

Regarding the Location field, CBRE experts identify that office decentralisation strategies are emerging as a tool to support current employees and attract new ones (truth 3). Office-based employees will choose spaces located in urban centres when they would need to interact with colleagues in an environment that offers them all the amenities and technology necessary to their productivity and collaboration with others. In the remaining times, they will take advantage of a network of locations, especially the ones that are closer to their home. Consequently, the migration to lower-cost locations with better quality-of-life will continue, and in Portugal is very well positioned (truth 4).
In the Occupation area, the new CBRE market report states that, even in an uncertainty environment, companies with good planning skills will stay ahead of their competitors in the current real estate market (truth 5). Additionally, flexibility solutions will allow companies to easily adapt their space utilisation strategies and employees’ feeling towards the flexible office space is growing more and more positive (truth 6). In fact, many occupiers are already using flexible office spaces as a part of a corporate strategy that allows them to maximise their long-term commitments and, at the same time, minimise the risk of having too much, or too little, office space as headcount fluctuates. The implementation of flexible approaches allows companies to stay agile, towards the current economic context and new working methods.

Finally, in the Design & Experience field, CBRE study identifies the new workspace a key factor to ensure the well-being, productivity, and commitment of employees, that will be more geographically dispersed (truth 7). Therefore, companies will need to manage change and drive innovation, to serve the needs of a more flexible workforce, at the same time supporting the achievement of strategic goals. This means the alignment between design & experience and the requirements of a flexible workforce. In addition, digital technologies will create smarter and more efficient buildings and, at the same time, improve employees’ experience, mainly through the creation of more safe and healthy workplaces (truth 8). Consequently, measurement, monitorisation and visualisation of information about health and safety is a crucial factor when considering the return to the office. Some digital applications that allow, for example, the scheduling of health screenings, booking spaces or contactless experiences, are growing in relevance and sophistication and are being considered as an essential part of the employees’ experience.

In conclusion, CBRE report reinforces that commercial real estate’s contributions to strategic business outcomes will be more evident and essential than ever before.

Returns Ligier European Series

BMA Group confirms return to Ligier European Series for 2021!

BMA Group confirms return to Ligier European Series for 2021!

Following a very successful maiden season, BMA Group once more decided to sponsor Mathieu Martins who will return to the Ligier European Series for 2021. At the controls of the Orhès Racing Ligier JS2 R, Mathieu set this year target on winning the title in the JS2 R category.

In 2020, Mathieu Martins was one of the first drivers to join the Filière Endurance created by Jean-Bernard Bouvet, with the main goal of becoming a professional race car driver. He then moved on to the Ligier European Series in the #86 M Racing Ligier JS2 R, sponsored by BMA Group, and his performance was immediately a success. In Heat 2 of the season, at the very demanding Spa-Francorchamps track, he won one of the two poles and finished second in the first race before conquering his first win on the second race. In Heat 4 at Monza, he took his second victory of the season and repeated this amazing performance at the final meeting in Portimão. Overall, he finished third in the Ligier JS2 R category, with four pole positions, three victories and two second places, which made BMA Group extremely happy and proud with the result!

“This is an opportunity to strengthen our awareness, consolidate our positioning and support junior drivers with strong potential! To sponsor Mathieu was an easy decision, also because he has dual nationality – Portuguese and French – so for BMA Group Paris and Lisboa it makes even more sense! We just wish Mathieu the best 2021 racing experience, expecting to reflect our values in what SPEED & RESISTANCE concerns” said Carlos Martins.

For 2021, Mathieu Martins returns to the Ligier European Series with the JS2 R title as his one and only goal. Considering the excellent results of 2020, and sure that this year will be even better, BMA Group will to support Mathieu Martins in his conquer for the title and sponsor his car: Orhès Racing Ligier JS2 R.

“My coach told me that it takes one year to learn and one year to win. So, after a first year of learning, my objective is clear: continue to learn my job and go for the victory in  the championship in the Ligier JS2 R category. I’m really very happy to be back at Orhès Racing. They taught me the basics of driving. I know everyone in the team, it’s like my second family. I can’t wait to start this second season with them!”, said Mathieu Martins. At BMA Group, we too share this confidence and are very enthusiastic to see how this year’s amazing journey will be!

BMA Group Paris: One of France’s 2021 Growth Champion!

The French journal Les Echos and the statistics portal Statista revealed, for the 5th consecutive year, the ranking of the French Growth Champions.  

Despite the very complicated background originated by the current health crisis, the most dynamic French companies responding to this ranking still significantly grew. Last year about 50 companies could not enter this growth classification, despite being eligible, and this year this number almost doubled.

The dimension of the winners also increased: the share of companies with an income superior to 10 million euros now overcomes 32% – almost a third of the total – comparing to only 16% in 2016.

In 2019, when no one would never even think about the turbulences that would take place due to the health crisis, the average of the annual growth rate of the Champions was of 11,4%. However, many of them were able to face these challenges with resilience and professional pride.

BMA Group Paris is one of these Champions: in an universe of 500 companies in this ranking, BMA Group took the 110th place with a growth rate of 230,5% between 2016 and 2019! Having only 10 employees in 2016, during the next 3 years this number escalated to 35. Consequently, the 7.886 Mio€ of turnover also quickly increased to 26.062 Mio€ between 2016 and 2019, respectively.

This list of Growth Champions examines the 2016-2019 period and aims to honour all the companies with a strong entrepreneurial and resilient spirit. It focusses on 500 success stories of companies from all sizes, all regions of France and from all business sectors.

Post Covid

Post-Covid office layout: an evolution… not a revolution!

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Since the first confinement, the oracles of the world of office real estate believe that “nothing will be the same as before” after the Covid crisis. (*)
By Antonio Moura, Deputy CEO of BMA Group.

An announced revolution should be put into perspective since the current situation only accelerates trends that are already perceptible. More than ever, offices need to reflect the company, its values and DNA, mainly through their layout. This means they will have to integrate the new health dimension while respecting the essential drivers of cost and identity needs, now more than ever.

Distancing, repositioning and re-adaptation
Initially, and in the short term, this involves the reorganization and readjustment of what already exists, despite the introduction of remote working. Three criteria prevail: distancing, repositioning and re-adaptation of current furniture and division-protection solutions, such as transparent screens or partitions which will ensure the continuity of communication.

Then, it is necessary to consider the more profound modification of the working methods which was already initiated and is accelerating. The unloved open space of the 2000s is moving towards a new configuration. For example, the introduction of cabinets that replace lower ones, allowing to separate the employees in groups of two or four, mobile elements that improve acoustic conditions or the separation of open spaces by common areas or meeting rooms. Companies can also request islands to bring together project teams, improving their motivation. Finally, the trend of “one person” boxes, which are distributed around an open space, serving as a private meeting room is also developing.
For its part, the notion of closed spaces, which are no longer traditional individual offices, still has its place in modern fittings. It may be a question of setting up a space shared by a department, always respecting the distances with specific furniture.

In addition, new working methods have developed recently, such as the flex-office, which is a concept that includes different forms. The planner will then propose a dematerialization of the workstation in favour of offices with different seating formats, to evacuate the anxiety that the absence of a fixed place can cause. We can also create “project” workspaces without a PC where the employee can plug himself in. There is generally a “play corner” there that promotes conviviality. Note, however, that the flex office requires strong managerial support: it is necessary to explain to the teams how the new configuration works (what the positions are intended for, how we work there, with what connectivity …) to reassure the employees, that despite losing some of their indicators, they must create others.

Multi-use thanks to digital
Conversely, “desk-sharing”, which is intended for a nomadic population, will allow the number of positions to be reduced in half, which results in very good management of team rotation. The space freed up can be dedicated to socialisation or to isolated spots, where the employees can make quiet phone or video calls. Here too the cabinets logically replace the small boxes.

Last element: the contribution of digital, which was already trendy, is an essential tool for the management of real estate resources (workstations, meeting rooms, conviviality spaces, parking lots, etc.) and makes it possible to optimize the use of spaces via a reservation system. Digital also favours the multi-use of a space that is moving, for example from a cafeteria to an informal meeting room, the traditional one being used less and less.
More generally, digital is a maximization tool with the possibility of installing sensors to find out who is there in person.

In summary, the Covid crisis is changing the life of offices in two ways: firstly, socially since it is there that employees will regain post-pandemic cohesion, and economically thanks to the new arrangements with digital management that will improve efficiency and productivity. Keeping in mind that the standardized answer is now definitely buried.

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BMA Group Lisboa Strengthen Project Managers Team

The positive 2020 start led Lisbon operation to count already with 3 projects. To assure the best project management, BMA Group Lisboa have decided to recruit 2 new Project Managers that will be responsible for project execution.

Both with important experience in the market, specially at project management side with architecture specialization, they will be important to maintain BMA Group path of good project deliveries. Tiago Pereira (34 years old) and Pedro Poças (39 years old) will join the team in February.

2021 continues to be challenging from the sanitary point of view but BMA Group continue to invest on bringing the best delivery in the market and betting on market need to have the best and magical workplaces.

Welcome Tiago & Pedro!

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