Proper planning of your office is important anywhere, but particularly in the London area, where the demand for space is so high.
As a company with more than 25 years’ experience of office space planning in London, Thames Contracts is well qualified to offer advice on what factors to consider if you are moving into a new headquarters, or are having your existing premises redesigned. Here are our five top tips on areas you should consider in office space planning in the capital.
Work out your Priorities
You will need to think about how many staff you will need to accommodate, both now and in future, and what your budget is. Other considerations include where the major footfall within the office is likely to be, such as between departments or members of staff who regularly need to talk to one another, or for people visiting the office. We will look for a productive, efficient solution which benefits both your company and its workforce.
Thames Contracts provide a complete office space planning service which takes a lot of the stress out of the whole process. We get involved at a very early stage, with on-site visits to find out how your office is operating now and what sort of changes you are looking for. All of this will help us create a vision of how you want your office to look. We produce 3D and computer-generated images to help give you a more complete picture.
Be as Flexible as Possible
Making sure your office space can be adapted to fit different uses is particularly important if space is at a premium. Offices in London often use the same space for more than one purpose, such as interviews and conferences. You may also need to accommodate extra members of staff if your company expands, so clever use of space will mean your office can be adapted without the need for a complete redesign.
Thames Contracts supply and install glass partitions in London offices, which makes it easy to use the same area for different functions. Our switchable partitions, for instance, enable you to change between transparent and opaque glass.
Glass partitioning is also particularly useful because it can maximise the amount of natural light in an office, which is good for workers’ health, and reduce the some of the distractions caused by employees in open-plan offices.
Build in Plenty of Storage
You should bear this in mind to ensure you have enough space to keep staff records or inventories. Many types of companies still need to have ready access to accurate paper records. Equally, another consideration is where to put any electric and data cables required for digital storage.
Your company may also need to have an area to put deliveries or spare stocks of items such as lightbulbs and office cleaning products, and staff will appreciate an area to put their coats and bags.
Look After Your Staff
Staff will benefit from having breakout areas where they can relax, particularly in the hustle and bustle of a place like London. Strategically-placed plants and water features make the office a pleasanter place to work and will also create a good impression to the outside world. This is also particularly important if you have clients who will be visiting the premises.
Remember the Rules and Regulations
Office space needs to obey all the current health and safety legislation, building regulations and other requirements. This may mean making sure the desks are a certain distance apart, that the electric fixtures and fittings meet minimum standards, that the office fire escapes are in the right place and that disabled people have been catered for. As experts in office space planning in London we will ensure all the latest regulations are taken into account in the design.
Thames Contracts carries out refitting and refurbishment projects in offices throughout the capital, including Watford and Enfield. We have also completed many projects outside London, including in St Albans, and Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire. Our professional staff will be able to guide you through every stage in the process and make it a lot more stress-free. Click above for more information about our office fitout services.