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The A B C Of Design | Pt 1

There are multiple facets to office design and commercial interior fit outs – and with this in mind, for our summer blogs, we are going to challenge ourselves to cover 20six different aspects.

With 20six letters in the alphabet, we’re breaking down the office interior into the ABC of commercial design.

Week One – A to F

A: A is for Air Con. A necessity if the summer ever hits the UK but always controversial. The old adage that you can’t please all of the people all of the time is never more applicable than when it refers to office temperatures. That being said, productivity levels will decline as the temperature goes up so it is imperative that your workspace is at an ambient temperature.

B: B is for boardroom. Having a meeting space that is a pleasure to be in will encourage more collaboration between employees. It is well documented that the more your workforce engage with each other, the more productive they become, so if you can ensure the boardroom is a welcoming environment it will benefit your company as a whole.

C: C is for chair. Office based workers still spend the majority of their working days sat on their backsides. If you have a large office requiring a lot of office chairs it can be tempting to buy economy versions. But with 23 million working days lost due to office-related ill health in 2015, buying chairs that do not support your body will have a knock-on cost elsewhere within your business.

D: D is for desk; and a direct follow on from the office chair, it is as important that the desks that your staff are working on are the correct ones for both posture and for the work they are required to undertake. There are a range of different styles, surfaces and uses and it is imperative that you provide your employees with a desk that suits their needs.

E: E is for energy. If you are in serviced offices it can be a little more difficult to incorporate energy saving changes, but as a business it is worth considering ways in which you can save money on your energy costs. Access to natural light is a productivity booster as well as a money saver; insulation, water saving, temperature controls, all areas that can be looked at to see if energy savings can be made. And if you are in services offices, it makes sense for the managing agents to be more energy efficient as well.

F: F Is for fit-out. Whether you are moving into new premises or if you are refurbishing your existing workspace, a new office fit-out can be stressful, costly and time consuming for any business. It is essential that you get it right from the outset so ensure that you use the services of a highly experienced office fit-out firm who can walk you through the process from initial design ideas through to full project management and office furniture and accessory sourcing, provision and installation.

Coming next week: Office Design ideas from G to L…..

Office Upgrade?

Time for an office upgrade?

If the excitement of moving into your new office has waned; if when you look around you the place looks tired, worn, even a little shabby; if you are bursting at the seams and struggling to find space; if you're embarrassed to bring clients to your work place, then maybe the time has come for an office upgrade.

Having an office that you are proud of and that you enjoy being in can have a huge impact on your company's overall productivity and output. So if you feel it could be time you put a little love back into your working environment, what options do you have?

Make Do And Mend: If budgets are tight, there is the option to repair and replace the essentials around you. A lick of paint, a big spring clean, some updated pictures on the walls and some new office furniture will get the ball rolling to refreshing your workspace.

Total Re-Design: Spreading your budget further will help you to create a better designed office. Professional office design companies can help you with this, from suggesting the best equipment, furniture, colour schemes, acoustics and lighting factors, through to complete project management, maintenance and professional fit-out of the final design.

Pack-up And Move: If you have been successful in your ventures the time may have come when no amount of colour changes or jiggling of office layouts will accommodate your ever-growing company. If this is the case, it's probably time to relocate. Moving offices is a complicated and time-involved process so once again it may be worth your while calling in professional help to ensure that you chose the right location and to help in all aspects of the physical move.

Whatever your situation or budget, improving your working environment has been proven to improve employees productivity - investing in your office space can help bring about a very healthy R.O.I.

If you would like any assistance in improving your own offices or commercial premises then please get in touch with here at 20sixltd. Call our Sussex Office on 01273 303001, our London Office on 02030340476, or E-mail: info@20sixltd.com

 

Office Floor Options

Which type of flooring is most suitable for an office space?

We are pleased to introduce you to Luxury Flooring & Furnishings who have been kind enough to submit a guest blog - this article explores the various types of flooring available and their suitability for use in an office space.

"When furnishing an office space, it is not uncommon for businesses to neglect the floor, or more specifically, the type of floor, with greater emphasis often placed on staff amenities, office furniture, office technology etc.

A common mistake is of installing a relatively cheap, dark carpet based on budget constraints. However, this can soon turn out to be costlier than first anticipated since carpet has to be frequently replaced; spillages and stains quickly render it the “shabby” look, and carpet can retain unpleasant odours and bacteria. Investing in a more robust, long term solution such as an engineered wooden floor or a laminate flooring solution could end up saving you money in the long run.

There are several advantages to installing an engineered or laminate floor in an office space, with one of the main benefits being how easy they are to clean and maintain. Regular cleaning will help restore the desired finish, removing any soft marks from the surface.

If you’re considering laying an engineered floor in your office space you will also have to consider the type of finish, for example an oil or a lacquer, to apply to the raw material. In the interest of practically, a matt oiled finish tends to work better in heavily trafficked office spaces as opposed to a shiny, lacquered finish. This is because any small marks or scratches are less apparent on matt, oiled surfaces whereas natural light reflects off a lacquered surface drawing your attention directly towards the scratch or mark.

Both lacquered and oiled products offer an extra shielding coat that makes the timber more resistant to scratches and marks which are bound to occur over time in a commercial setting. With an average lifespan in excess of 50 years, engineered wood flooring is a great solution for a busy office space.

Laminate flooring is another option you may wish to consider, being particularly suitable for areas such as kitchens, restrooms or utility rooms within the office building as it is more resistant to water spillages when compared to real wood. Depending on your choice of style, laminate flooring can look very similar to a real wood floor and even share a comparable surface texture. Laminate flooring is typically cheaper than real/engineered timber.

There are many different flooring options to choose from, but we personally recommend both engineered and laminate for office spaces due to their durability, and their ease of installation and upkeep."

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Creating a Healthy Workplace

"To keep the body in good health is a duty... otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear" ~Buddha

Statistics on working days lost due to sickness made for sobering reading, but when you hone those stats down to working days lost due to work-related incidents, be that work-related illness or workplace injuries, you begin to see that your office design, fit out and furniture are not all about design.

UK workers take an average of nine days' sick leave each year, more than four times as many as other Western European countries and this costs UK employers about £29 billion a year in lost productivity. Making the workplace a safe, secure and healthy environment could save you a great deal of lost working time and of money.

3 Healthy Workplace Ideas:

Office Furniture: Musculoskeletal problems, including upper and lower limb disorders, repetitive strain injuries, osteoarthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome, can be alleviated and/or prevented by ensuring that you have suitable workstations for each employee. There's been a lot of debate about standing desks, the latest 'hot' new office chair has been created by Box Clever that aims to get you standing and moving, and there are some firms who have introduced treadmill meetings. Get the basics right and you will help keep your staff healthy.

Office Fit Out: The need for an office fit out can be the catalyst for considering workplace optimisation. The design and layout of your offices have to take into consideration functionality, fluidity and form - and they also have to be safe working places. Everyday equipment needs to be safe, cables need to be stored, furniture has to be functional. Recent research conducted by the British Council for Offices (BCO) found that the most important factors perceived to be driving employees’ sense of satisfaction with their workplace can be bracketed under ‘getting the basics right' - and you can go a long way to achieving this if you get your fit out spot on.

Office Design: There has been a 20% increase in office workers saying that they would prefer their own dedicated desk space since 2013 - now up to 60%. Does this signal a move away from the open plan office design? It remains important to incorporate open spaces, work places where employees can come together, but there is a trend for needing "my space". Office design has to reflect and reinforce the functionality required by your workforce, and designing with your staff's needs at the forefront will help to create a happy, and healthier, company environment.

Creating a reassuring, communicative, healthy workplace where employees are happy and confident in their employer’s support can have a positive effect on absenteeism.