Nail the Basics first, detail the details later
Whether you require more space for collaboration, quiet zones for concentration, a variety of meeting rooms, re-energised recreation areas, personal call spaces or just a rethink of your office layout, this might be the perfect opportunity to rethink your working environment.
After a space assessment, whether you have outgrown your office space, expanding or changing the way you work or even beginning a new venture the decision can more easily be made to occupy a new space or to redesign your existing workplace. From here we create one of the most vital parts of the design process.
The space planning exercise forms the basis of the design and will illustrate the different work and support spaces required for your office facility, the flow of staff and visitors between areas, the link of teams and managers and the utilisation of the entire area.
The initial test-fit allows us to compile a high level cost estimation. This budget estimation opens the discussion as to the level of finishes required, structural components and the benefit vs. cost of each element. This ensures that the final design has no cost overruns and available budgets are applied appropriately.
Our team will work with you to ensure your workplace design is a healthy, productive business environment that remains relevant for many years to come.
What we will consider
- From an existing plan or survey, we can determine the extents of the building, fire escapes, passages and the core structure.
- An Organogram will be vital in determining each and every aspect of your staffing, as well as potential areas where growth will take place.
- The IT infrastructure and server requirements that will service your space. Generally a server room, and subsequent patch rooms will need to be secure and temperature controlled.
- Connectivity – will you have hardwired systems or wifi which allows more mobility for staff.
- Empowering your workers – will there be adequate power points, either along the periphery of space or if not the case will there be powerpoles feeding from above and alternative points to power up.
- Plumbing points will determine placement of kitchens and refreshment station in close proximity.
- Natural light will likely determine the best position for workstations, whilst other spaces more towards the core of the space is likely placements for store rooms, printer stations and support facilities
- What is the working culture. Does everyone have their own desks or will they share depending on their role.
- What are the noise factors. Should an open plan office be the most appealing, remember to create alternative agile spaces for focus work on tasks.
- Have staff been involved in the process, briefed and their needs taken into account before venturing out?