When you commit to a new office space, it is likely to be the home base of your business for the next five or even ten years.
With this in mind, it is imperative you get the design right from the get-go. The factors contributing to a practical and welcoming space include a workable layout, stylish decor and the flexibility to adapt to your evolving business.
As you work with your designer to put the finishing touches on your office design, these are some of the elements you will need to consider:
When selecting the finishes of walls, desktops, furniture and floors, take budget into account as well as aesthetics.
A professional office interiors consultant will work with you, identifying where you should use a high end finish (e.g. in public facing areas), and which parts of the office can be fit out with a more standard finish.
Your designer will also help you select from the endless decor options in terms of laminates, glass, stone, timber, steel, carpets and upholstery. The end result should look stylish while reflecting your brand and company culture.
A modern office includes a cross-section of private workspaces, shared/hot desk workspaces, enclosed meeting rooms and breakout areas. It also needs to have the flexibility to adapt to regular restructures and to allow people to switch teams and workspaces.
When you work with your office interior designer, let them know of your plans for future growth. They will be able to create areas which can adapt to accommodate changing organisational structure and additional team members.
Your layout should also have good flow. This will make it is easy for staff to move around and not feel as though they are in an old-fashioned ‘rabbit warren’ of an office.
Safety and compliance
Every workplace in Australia must comply with Australian Standards (AS) for design and mobility in order to be safe and easily accessible. This includes having slip resistant pedestrian surfaces, providing access for the disabled, and reducing visual obstructions.
Falls are one of the most common workplace accidents so your designer will either recommend carpet or a surface with the right slip rating to prevent this kind of incident. The final design will include ramp access where necessary and colour schemes which make it easy to distinguish between walls and doors.
Other compliance measures your office interior designer may recommend include:
● Non-slip stair treads
● Noise reduction
● Fire safety
● Thermal comfort
● Ergonomic workspace design
Allocation of responsibilities
After finalising the design, you any other relevant stakeholders in your business will need to decide who is doing what in terms of the new office fit out.
Be wary of trying to take on part of the works or project management yourself, particularly if you have no experience in this area. It can be false economy to think you can save money by distributing responsibility to people in your team who don’t know what they are doing. One simple mistake throughout the fit out design and installation process can cost you dearly in time and money.
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