Office Build-Out - Helpful Advice
When you finally find your new office property, often the accommodation is not "turnkey", i.e. you can't just move in your office furniture, power up your computers and start work. It's not quite as simple as that - don't we all wish it was! The property may be just a shell, with no electrics, lighting or raised flooring, or it may require updating and the installation of partitioned walls to make the space work according to your business needs.
You may decide to appoint an Architect to design the offices on your behalf, and then use an Office Design Company to actually build out the space. Hiring an Architect will give you a big advantage in drawing up a detailed specification of the space to give to your office designers. This will enable them to quote for the build out accurately and meet the specification according to your requirements.
It's not often you'll get the opportunity to design and build out offices from scratch, so it's imperative that you follow the right design guidelines and use the right Office Design Company. They will need to carry out a Workplace Appraisal to see how your business operates in its current space; looking at issues such as team interaction, what facilities your business needs and how best your space can be configured to ensure maximimum productivity.
Once this has been done, you can then start to look at the design elements such as color scheme, materials, lighting and office furniture. During the design process there are many other considerations including electrical design and air conditioning, as well as computer and phone cabling and IT infrastructure. If these factors aren't considered during the design stage, it could cost more to install them later on so ensure you encourage close liaison between your office design team and your IT relocation company.
Make sure you follow the guidelines in this invaluable office design guide, and ensure you follow best practice as far as the build out, design and layout of your new office is concerned.
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