Calandre. Office Design. October 18th , 2017.
Legal minimum office space per person. There is no prescribed minimum occupancy level for a modern office design. Within the UK Building Regulations the section dealing with Fire Hazards (Part B of the Building Regs.) advises a minimum area of 6 square metres (64 sq feet) for each person in an office premises. This figure can be achieved by equating the total headcount against the overall net internal area (NIA) and so doesnt necessarily limit the space for a single person with a desk. In practice, offices will have a number of factors - mostly relating to Fire Escape but also the provisions of WCs, amount of fresh air available through a ducted system, etc. - that have an impact on the legal maximum number of people accommodated within an office building. The Means of Escape is the key criteria for density of occupation. Once a workstation office design layout is defined the Building Control advisor can determine if there are sufficient escape routes for the staff numbers.
Walls: Instead of just giving your office walls a fresh coat of paint, why not consider using blank walls as a canvas for expressing your companys character? A simple design can benefit greatly from creative wall surfaces, as they influence the mood of the whole room. New walls can be implemented in the office design, and can be made out of anything from wood panelling, to frosted glass, lightweight compressed wood board and portable metallic units with inbuilt storage spaces. For the existing walls, paint is an obvious option and is available in a multitude of colors, shades, finishes and textures. Designs with a reception feature wall painted in a striking color or touchable finish will attract anyones attention. Tiling, wall paper, wall decals, metal sheeting and wood panelling are other interesting choices for adding life to an offices walls.
Depending on an individuals tasks, some employees will need a higher level of privacy to allow for deeper concentration while others will need to be in communication at all times. For example, a tight corner cubicle with high panels would not be suitable for people in a creative role who need to be in constant communication with their team. Sales people, on the other hand, may need to be in quieter, enclosed spaces so that they can carry on confidential phone conversations or conduct meetings in private. Either way, whether the office space is more open-concept or has more private offices, it is always a good idea to designate rooms for coffee breaks and office equipment to an area away from the main workstations. In this way the noise level will not bother other staff members.
Certain modern office interior design projects involve a fit-out cost per square foot far higher than the typical range; for example, with fit out costs sometimes in the region of £180 - £200 per square foot. Commercial interior fit out projects with this level of cost differ from the regular office design layout or office refurbishment in that the fittings, materials and furniture will be specified to the very highest standard rather than the usual commercial levels. All figures quoted include Office Design, CDM & Building Regulation submissions and project management... the figures are for complete start-to-finish projects.
Next is to determine what sort of design is ideal for your companys needs. Do not just concentrate on picking designs that are current. A lot of people make the mistake of choosing interior office design that is modern but does nothing to represent what their company really is. Consider the office design as a way of showcasing your companys transactions, principles and values. One look at your office, and people walking in will already know what you are offering. This is more than an effective way of advertising. Office fitting out should also be timeless. Keep in mind that your office will sport this look for many more years to come. Choose a design that is very easy to work with. In case you decide to change a few things in a room, you will not have to tear down walls or completely change the wall colour to get the new look you want. It should be easily customisable so you can save money in the future. The design should also be attractive to look at and should not easily look dated.
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