Category: Office Design
Whether you are aiming to boost staff morale, present a more professional image of your company, or simply scale an office to the current size of your team, an office fit out is a clean slate, enabling you to create a whole new look and feel that will maximise your team’s performance and leave a positive impressions on your stakeholders. If you are in charge of this daunting, yet exciting task, follow these tips and lead your company to a dynamic new direction:
- Ask yourself whether a fit out is really necessary: Having a brand new, empty office space you can paint, furnish and partition as you like is a dream, but before you make a big financial commitment, take a look at your existing office space. Is it large enough to accommodate the work stations you need? Will simply knocking down or building up a wall or two unite or divide work stations and change the whole ambience of the office in a positive way?
- If you do have to move out, try to find a space that already meets your requirements: Construction can be long and laborious and can present many setbacks so if you can find an office space that can work for your company, you will be saving yourself time and expenditure.
- If you have decided a fit out is right for you, work out the respective costs of each category:
- Plan the fit out carefully with your Project Manager: A considerable amount of work is required in each type of fit out, so ensure you hire a company that specialises in this type of construction and refurbishment. Meet frequently with your Project Manager and divide the whole procedure into a series of steps, identifying which contractors will be working on each part of the project.
- Ensure there are no hiccups: Once the building work commences, a Project Manager should always be on site to ensure things run smoothly and time scales are adhered to.
- Take time to plan the Interior design: Poor office design can be a major stumbling block to carrying out a successful office fit out. A good interior design company can help you divide spaces efficiently, decide on the right colour tones and show you an interesting range of painting effects, fabrics and wall coverings that can give your office a truly sophisticated edge. Even if your space is small and you wish to keep it simple, a professional designer will suggest a few simple steps to make work life more ergonomic and productive.
- Talk to your team about their needs: Some team members (such as those working in writing material and marketing) need solitude to work efficiently, while others (such as sales staff) may prefer to work closely in the same space. The open office, once present in the world’s best offices and design studios, has now proven to lower productivity, since people need to feel like they have enough space, privacy and solitude, to think clearly. Don’t assume things about your staff without taking their preferences into account. Remember that a fit out is as much about impressing your internal clients, as it is about dazzling your external ones.
* In a Shell and core fit out, your office will be an empty shell, ready for a Category A fitout.
* A Category A fit out usually comprises of a raised floors, suspended ceilings, finishes to the internal face of external walls, etc.
* A Category B fit out is carried out to your specific needs. It can include the construction of cellular offices, different finishes, conference rooms, a reception area, a kitchen fit out, etc.
Posted 20th July, 2015< Back to articles
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