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Orange Office Design

As October (or Pumpkin Spice Season) has rolled in and the leaves are turning golden and falling to the ground, all things are becoming orange. We know of at least one office in Brighton who have embraced the warm glow of autumn and have their office fixtures coloured orange. So what message does using this colour in your office design scheme give out to staff and clients?

Office Design: Is Orange The New Black?

The colour orange can safely jump onto the Marmite bandwagon – it's a polarising colour, you either "love it" or "hate it.” It elicits mixed responses from people, being bold, vivid, fun, and dynamic or interpreted as obnoxious and a non-serious, unprofessional colour choice.

One of the reasons that you may have noticed so much sportswear with orange on it is that this colour signifies activity. It is associated with the communication of energy, life, and motivation.

On the other hand, have you noticed how prevalent orange is say on our motorways? Think marker cones, tow truck lights, and other construction zone markers. Orange is used a symbol of safety, to set things apart from their surroundings.

So there's an element of contradiction here with it symbolising both activity and caution at the same time. But, love it or hate it, orange brings with it a sense of warmth and happiness, and colour therapists recommend including it more in our daily lives as it is deemed an optimistic and an uplifting choice.

The Brighton firm that we made earlier reference to seem to being doing very well with their orange theme - but what do you think? Does orange have a place in a professional working environment?



Types of Office Flooring

The selection and installation of quality office flooring is a complex process that starts with design and affects the longevity of the office appearance and functionality. Choosing the correct flooring for your board room, reception area or open plan office helps create a stylish and inspiring working environment.

In addition to the aesthetics, price and colour, having the right office flooring installed as part of your office refurbishment or office fit out could make a real difference to comfort and productivity.

So what are your options for different types of office flooring?

Types of Office Flooring:

Carpet: This is a good budget-friendly choice but as it can easily get stained carpets will need to be professionally cleaned from time to time and can sometimes create a bit of a dated feel. On the plus side, this type of flooring is ideal in an office environment that requires some kind of noise insulation. Carpet tiles can also be used in areas with computer-raised floor systems where underfloor access is regularly required, provide flexibility as individual tiles can be replaced and as they can come in different styles and patterns, they give you a range of choices that reflect your company branding.

Vinyl: Popular with commercial business, vinyl flooring offers long-lasting performance and is ideal for offices that have high traffic as well as hospitals and retail stores. Resilient and resistant to damage, vinyl flooring comes in a variety of colours and designs and is easy to clean with minimal maintenance.

Wood: We have dedicated a blog to wooden flooring options before, but in summary wooden floors have the advantage of being more environmentally-friendly and with choices from laminates, through engineered to solid wood, wood flooring speaks for itself in terms of quality and desirability. And there is a reason why vinyl flooring comes in wood ‘effect’: wooden office flooring is a timeless classic, and is a hard-wearing, low-maintenance investment.

Laminate: A more inexpensive alternative to wood flooring, tiles or stone, laminate flooring is simple to install, does not scratch or dent easily, is durable, easy to clean and to maintain. It also comes with various options to choose from; smooth laminate, embossed laminate, patina laminate and wood grain laminate.

Tiles: Tiles can last for a really long time, do not wear out and can look very striking. This office flooring option provides you with an almost limitless choice of colours and designs, including glass tiles that are water resistant and are also stain resistant.

Getting your floor right will depend on a whole host of variables: if you would like further help or advice on this process then please get in touch with us here at 20six as we have extensive hands-on experience of advising, supplying and installing the right type of office flooring.

Average UK Office Rents

Location, Location, Location….

Where you opt to set up business can be determined by several factors but pretty much universally the geographic location will play a large part in the decision process. If you’re looking to rent office space in the UK how much variation is there in office space cost per square foot across the country?

Being Brighton based we are acutely aware that residential prices here are higher than the national average. But how do Brighton’s commercial rents compare to other major UK cities?

Comparing The Average Office Rents In Five UK Cities:

London: Silly prices? In February this year, the property firm JLL published its findings on a survey of office rents in cities across the world.  Hong Kong topped the global rankings with costs of $262 per square foot per year for top-quality office space, largely due to strong tenant demand and short supply. But our own dear capitol city came in second on this list – second most expensive city in the world for office rental costs. A University College London study placed average office costs per square foot per month in London at a staggering £52.50.

Brighton: With its good transport links to London and having the advantage of being right by the sea, Brighton is an appealing option for setting up your business. Having spent years ranking in the top 10 lists of happiest / coolest / trendiest / best places to live in the UK, it also has a vibrant business community. Making the top 10 again in a different list, the best places to start a business in 2016, and with the average cost of central office space coming in at £3.38 per square foot per month, it may not be the cheapest place to rent an office, but with its reputation as a creative hub and its links to London, The Centre For Cities ranked Brighton third in the UK for start-up rates.

Edinburgh: Whilst locating to Edinburgh will not give you the same summer seaside experience as down in Brighton, Edinburgh can boast to be the best city to live in the United Kingdom. With relatively high wages, affordable rents and low crime levels, plenty of green, outdoor spaces, and office rents only marginally higher than Brighton’s at £3.45  per square foot per month, going north of the border has its appeal. You also get The University of Edinburgh close by with four business incubation centres in the city. These are really active in the start-up and innovation community and provide founders with their expertise and useful advice.

Belfast: The Irish city is currently trying to encourage Tech start-ups to launch their businesses here, with a £15,000 investment incentive. As a whole, Northern Ireland is the most cost-effective region within the UK for software development. Once reliant upon shipbuilding and linen, Belfast now commands average office costs of £6.82 per square foot per month, above those of both Brighton and Edinburgh.

Manchester: In 2014 the BBC relocated 220 staff to Salford, Manchester. Jostling with Edinburgh for the most liveable place in the country, Manchester is right at the centre of the 'Northern Powerhouse'. Being just over two hours from London by train, with the UK’s largest international airport outside the capital, Manchester now receives more foreign direct investment than any city outside of London. Rental levels for prime and secondary office space in central Manchester are now almost double those of city centre Liverpool, with Grade A office space in central Manchester coming in at £34 per square foot back in 2015!

As outlined at the start of this article, location will always play its part in the prices you will be expected to pay for your office rent. Having reviewed just five UK city office space costs per square foot, we’re still mightily glad to have our office design, fitout and furniture business based in Brighton.

If we didn’t mention your city but you’re still interested you might find the Offices Rents Map of use.