Monthly Archives: July 2017

Meeting Room Design

Is It Time To Rethink The Meeting Room?

Advances in communication technology have enabled us to chat with others wherever we, or they, may be. There is no longer the need to meet up face-to-face as we can chat over Skype, or email, or groups in WhatsApp – who needs meeting rooms anymore?

Communication technology shouldn’t be used as a substitute for meeting face-to-face, but to compliment. US based studies on the behaviour of employees discovered that roughly 80 – 90% of emails between colleagues mirrored face-to-face contact. Put in simple terms, we email those people more frequently that we also frequently meet face-to-face.

In the same study, it was also discovered that meeting rooms were occupied at a rate of less than 40%.

Time To Revisit The Meeting Room?

We’ve spoken before about how you can utilise office design for more effective workplace communication, and of the benefits that this bestows upon a company’s overall productivity. Part of the issue has been that meeting rooms are synonymous with bland, stuffy, yawn-inducing spaces. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Even if you’re not looking at a total office redesign, it could be worth your while looking at how your meeting rooms are used, how often, and how anybody feels when they’re in them. A well designed communal room will help to bring your employees together – and as we’ve outlined above, the more they come together in person, the more they communicate electronically – and the more productive your employees become.

There are no one size fits all blue prints for the perfect boardroom, meeting room or communal spaces, your spaces need to blend seamlessly with the rest of your workspaces, your company brand, and your own unique business culture.

If you would like help in making your meetings rooms places where your employees actually want to go then please get in touch with here at 20sixltd.

Sustainable Office Design

How Can I Make My Office Greener?

If you have the luxury of setting up new offices you can ensure that all aspects of design, fit out, and office furniture and fixings are green – but what can you do to make your current workplace more sustainable?

We’ve come up with four ways that you can help make your office greener.

4 Ways To Make Your Office More Sustainable:

Water: There’s the obvious not leaving the taps running, but you can also adapt your current set up by incorporating low-flow taps and toilets. New systems for managing the flow of water are always evolving so it’s worth checking every now and then if there are more things that you can do to help conserve water.

Lighting: Again, the obvious is to use natural light where possible, but sometimes that just isn’t possible. It is estimated that a total of 15 to 30% of energy costs are used up by office lighting. Switching to LED light bulbs is an instant energy-saver as they consume just 10% of the energy of incandescent bulbs and last as much as 40 times longer.

Recycling: In addition to recycling your waste products wherever possible, you can go green on your office furniture and fittings. More sustainable materials such as recycled wood, cork, and natural fabrics can be incorporated in your office furniture, flooring and more.

Insulation: This plays a part in temperature control, keeping your workspace at an ambient temperature, but also for acoustics. Internal partitioning can help manage temperatures, as well as helping to reduce noise. A properly insulated office can significantly reduce energy costs.

Creating a more sustainable working environment will benefit your business directly by reducing your overheads and keeping your employees happy. If you would like some help or advice on making your office greener then please get in touch with us.

The Productive Office

What matters most in office design? The look? The acoustics? The lighting?

All of the above play an integral part, but surely what matters most in a business context is the productivity of the employees?

Whilst there is a plethora of factors that will affect your staff’s productivity, there is no doubt that the environment in which they work is a major contributing factor.

A recent study by a UK based firm who sent questionnaires out to over 500 office workers revealed that most employees weren’t after huge design changes; the key finding was that the users of the officespace have a choice, or user-customisation, of their workspace.

A whopping 48 per cent of the survey reported that having access to a variety of different spaces to work and relax in would have the biggest impact on improving their productivity. In addition to which, the following changes were all cited as improving productivity:

What aspect of office design would improve staff productivity levels at work the most?

A variety of different spaces to work and relax

Private, quiet areas to work

Access to a games room

Effective technology

A tidy office

Better kitchen and washroom areas

If this is what the workers want, can’t all new office designs incorporate this check list into their work? We’ve mentioned in previous blog posts how important it is to listen to the wants and needs of the people who will using the workspaces – and this further emphasizes the point that happy staff make productive staff.

Google Office Design

Office Design Trends |

Google are the Kings of Search – we all know that. They have gone beyond being a name, to a global brand and on to being an activity: “I just Googled it”. So far, stating the obvious….

What they’re less renowned for is being market leaders in office design trends. It is to Google we owe the advent of the office playground with spiralling slides, table tennis, and liberal splashes of primary colours. But that was all so nineteen nineties.

We’ve had a sneaky peak into the new Google offices in London – and it’s interesting to see how they have changed their ideology away from quirky perks and back toward a more restrained design that is both flexible and sustainable.

So, what can we learn from Google’s new London office designs?

Google Office Design

The Reception Area: This is a vast atrium of open space, a beautiful blend of colour, geometry, and movement. The key here is flexibility – all of reception’s furnishings can easily be moved around or removed in the event that Google requires the space for other purposes.

The Pods: The flexibility theme continues with the modular meeting and videoconferencing rooms. As with the reception area, these pods are simple to put together, move, or take apart and are constructed using plywood panels that are tactile and fragrant.

The Acoustics and Ergonomics: All insulation panels have been perforated to stop unnecessary reverberation, and extra fan-coil units have been installed in the building’s ceilings. No stuffy, crammed office spaces here, there is a natural feeling to the flow of air within the entire building.

Biophilic design is big in commercial interiors now, and rightly so. Google understand this and have embraced it. We look forward to seeing more innovative ideas coming from this design trend as office spaces become places we look forward to going to on a Monday morning.