How to choose the right Architect to design your new office
Whether you are relocating to a new office, or refurbishing your existing one, you will need to hire an Architectural firm to create a new office design. . An Architect will create an office design plan that enhances your working practices, culture, image and processes, so the company you hire is one of the most critical choices you can make.
Every Architect will have their own individual style, different approach to design and a unique method of working.
Use this simple checklist to remind you what to look for when choosing an Architect to enable a smooth transition with no budget-overruns, delays or disruption.
Check their reputation
Ask around for recommendations and find out the name of the Architectural firm who has designed other office projects that you like the look of.
Always choose an Architect who specialises in OFFICE design and ask to be taken to at least one office design project they have completed so you can assess the standard of their work.
Do they have the capacity to take on your office design project? What is their expected timeframe of completing the project and does it fit in with your office relocation timetable?
Who will handle the job and report to you to keep you regularly updated throughout the office design project? Make sure you meet them and you have a good relationship and understanding of objectives.
Discuss your office design budget at the outset and ensure they can guarantee that they will complete the office design project within the specified budget. Do they have financial backing to complete the project to the right specification without corner-cutting on quality of finishes?
Ensure they explain the entire office design process with you and that you are clear about what to expect; you should expect to see visual models and/or computer images so you can agree the specification before the project commences.
Office Design Package
Be sure to confirm what is included in their fees so you can factor this into your moving office budget. Find out what their fees do and do not include.
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