Many companies will be looking to start the new year with a switch to new premises. But what sort of office can employees, particularly in the London area, expect to move into during 2018?
Thames Contracts has been carrying out high-quality office refits in and around London for more than two decades. Our work can be seen in premises in Stevenage, St Albans, Edgware and many areas of north London and throughout the capital. Here we look at some of the trends in office design which are forecast to be popular next year.
This trend means that office space needs to be versatile and can double up as an informal meeting space to a formal conference room. This particularly applies to office space in London, where demand and prices are so high. This means space is likely to be limited so the pressure is on to make the best use of available room.
Thames Contracts are specialists in supplying glass partitioning for offices in and around London, including Barnet, Borehamwood and Hitchin. Demountable panels can easily be removed or added to reconfigure the office easily.
Another feature of dynamic workspaces is portable office furniture. This means the desks as well as the chairs can be moved around quickly and easily to wherever it is most needed.
At Home in the Office
In 2018, workspaces will increasingly look like lounges and living rooms, or just be open spaces with a few bean bags. The millennial generation prefers to work collaboratively in an informal setting rather than sitting down at the same desk all the time.
Forward-thinking employers are also likely to have additional facilities built into their office designs as part of the continued drive to look after their staff. This means games rooms, breakout areas and even pool tables or table tennis tables could all be part of the offices of 2018.
This trend is predicted to be particularly popular in 2018. Biophilic means using nature to enhance buildings, and was a phrase first used by American biologist and author Edward O. Wilson in the 1980s. Office design experts are predicting that next year more premises will leave room for plants and water features.
This also means trying to ensure there should be as much natural light as possible and there are plenty of uninterrupted views of trees, landscape or water. Paintings of these subjects could also be incorporated into the office if you are in a built-up area like London where the natural world may not be so easily visible.
Natural shades like blues and greens, and wallpaper with floral patterns, are likely to be popular for office walls. At Thames we will be able to advise you which colours are fashionable, unlikely to date quickly and are best suited to your office layout.
Green Without the Wall
Many offices have living walls consisting entirely of plants but as space is at a premium this is sometimes a luxury in places like London where employers are unable to devote so much space to plants.
This means office designs next year are likely to incorporate the theme which has been dubbed Green Without the Wall, which means putting hanging baskets at different heights, or grouping plants together on shelves.
In the past, workstations and computers tended to be in fixed positions. In 2018 the emphasis will be on integrated solutions, where you can plug in laptops and tablets into all areas of your office. This means it will be easy to stay connected even if you are sitting around a table in a conference room.
Thames will be able to advise you on how to build in power points and technology into your office refit, so that it meets your needs in the short and long term.
Thames Contracts can manage your office refit in London from start to finish. We appoint a project manager who will liaise with you throughout the whole process and ensure that your new offices are tailored to fit your individual requirements. If you are based in or are about to move to offices in Stevenage, St Albans, Edgware or another area in north London or another part of the city, follow the link above to learn more about our services.