1. Space planning
Space planning is one of the most exciting phases of your office refurbishment project. Whether you want to improve workflow, accommodate more staff or simply create a more comfortable working environment, the space planner will be meet your requirements and find ways for you to improve efficiency, productivity and morale.
Areas to be considered when space planning:
- All open plan office areas or departments
- Meeting rooms and informal meeting areas
- Directors' and Managers offices
- Reception areas
- Breakout areas
- Print Hubs
- Conferencing and audio visual facilities
- Toilet facilities
- Waste and recycling points
- Refreshment points
- Building services
As the workplace design and space planning is progressing, it is important that your key staff have a say in their area of responsibility.
As the space plan takes shape, the technical aspects of the project such as lighting, air conditioning, data, power, plumbing and wastage supplies will be incorporated into the plan.
A good office refurbishment company will be able to provide detailed 2D and 3D space plan designs that will help you visualise your new office layout.
2. Comply with the Equality Act 2010
When undertaking an office refurbishment it is a legal requirement to ensure full compliance with the Equality Act.
The Equality Act places duties on Landlords and Property Managers, as well as employers of disabled people to ensure that reasonable adjustments have been made to ensure the working environment is suitable for any employees with disabilities.
3. Choose the right office furniture
Furniture is often one of the most important elements of an office refurbishment as it can either be the icing on the cake or the one thing that holds back the new office design.
Most office refurbishment companies have good relationships with furniture suppliers and should be able to provide a wide choice of off the shelf furniture as well as being able to supply bespoke furniture to add something a bit more special.
Take time to choose your new office furniture and carry out an audit first to figure out your storage requirements for you and in the future.
Consider the following:
- Can the existing furniture be refurbished instead of being replaced
- Warranty terms and call out services
- Whether your new furniture is compatible with existing furniture if you are only replacing part of it
- Can the table bases be kept and new tops supplied?