An office refit isn’t just something businesses do on the move – if the layout of your premises has not been changed for several years, then the chances are it will look tired and dated and no longer fits your needs.
Thames Contracts specialise in high-quality office fitouts in many locations in and around London, including Hitchin, St Albans and Enfield. Here we look at five key benefits of having your office space refitted.
It Inspires Staff
A more modern, purpose-built office can be a more enjoyable place for staff to work. This may have positive effects on your company’s bottom line, as studies have shown that ensuring your staff are happy can increase productivity by more than 10%.
You should also give your workforce the chance to be involved in the whole refurbishment process. If they have some input into the final design, they will feel valued by the company, which can be reflected in greater staff loyalty – and a lower turnover of employees.
It Helps Clients and Customers
An office refurbishment can make your workplace a more attractive place to do business – for outsiders as well as the workforce. A modern office design, particularly in the reception area, creates the right impression for visitors and potential customers.
The correct use of colour can also help create a welcoming atmosphere. Blue is believed to help create an atmosphere of calmness and relaxation, but trends change over time. At Thames Contracts we will be able to advise you on the best colour scheme for your office space.
It Makes the Workplace Safer
Business owners face prosecution and fines if their premises do not conform to health and safety legislation – remember, as an employer, you have a duty of care to make sure your employees and any visitors do not come to any harm.
Having your office refitted means you can replace all the old – and possibly dangerous – electrical sockets and pipework. And moving office furniture, and cabling, to safer, more logical locations will eliminate the risk of trips and falls.
It Makes the Best Use of Space
An office fitout can better reflect the way your company operates both now and in the future. A fitout can look at issues surrounding access and facilities. With a refit, you can make sure colleagues who often work together have desks close to each other, rather than right across the other side of the office, and that you have enough wi-fi points for everyone.
If you are downsizing, you can use your refit to incorporate additional staff facilities, such as a bigger canteen or breakout areas where they can relax. On the other hand, if you are taking on more staff, flexibility may be the key as you will need to maximise the use of every single square foot of space. Glass partitions are a great idea as they mean the same area can be used for a team conference, a one-on-one interview or somewhere to relax.
It Saves Energy – and Money
Refitting your office means you can install more modern materials which won’t allow so much heat to escape through the doors or windows. Items such as energy-saving lightbulbs, improved insulation and individual radiator controls will all help to reduce the size of your utility bills.
If you want to save even more money, consider using solar power. The Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive subsidises those businesses who use PV cells, solar panels or other forms of renewable energy. Using ‘green’ energy also underlines your company’s eco-friendly credentials, helping to improve your image in the business community.
Office Fitouts from Thames Contracts
Another way in which you can potentially save money and time on your office refit is by having a single point of contact for the entire process. At Thames Contracts, you will deal with us all the way through, so we can schedule all the various outside contractors for you, and in the right order. We will take account of your company’s busiest times to minimise the disruption on a day-by-day basis.
We are highly experienced in dealing with all types of office fitout, and have carried out work in Hitchin, St Albans, Enfield and in many parts of north London. Whether you want us to refit an empty shell of a building, or just strip back some existing furniture and fittings, we are the people to call.
After an initial consultation, we will provide a detailed quote as early as possible to give you an accurate idea of the overall cost. Our 3D computer-generated designs will give you a clear picture of what your finished office will look like. Follow this link if you would like to learn more about our wide range of services.