JoanInez Office Design April 26th, 2018 - 13:42:24
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.
A highly detailed understanding about your businesses current and forecasted staff demands, offices versus workstations configurations, as well as other needs including office reception areas, storeroom areas, conference & collaboration spaces, will help you vet would-be office space tenancies and receive design & fitout quotations in a considerably reduced timeframe, while giving you more control of your project; Safety - while you are planning all your needs, make sure you feature a well defined summary about your unique office relevant safety specifications. It will help to generate a safety checklist together with your OH&S spokesperson since this will validate your preliminary OH&S requirements and you can then integrate them into your office design & fitout planning work-flows. Be sure to account for wheelchair access;
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.
CAT B is the tenants office fit out, covering internal, demountable partitions, structured data cabling installation, modern office design ideas and infrastructure unique to the occupier. Finally, if your business is considering an office relocation, office fit out or office refurbishment, youll need to select a specialist external project manager and cost consultant to help you to avoid the many pitfalls inherent in such an undertaking when you dont have the necessary knowledge or experience in-house. Look for a well established company with plenty of experience in successfully interpreting clients office design ideas - if possible choose a firm with plenty of experience of working on high-end projects for `blue chip companies - as this is the kind of specialist more likely to produce successful results for you than a one-man-band or generalist practice that someone in your company happens to know; allowing you to get on with what you do best -making profits for your own business! Alan Whitehead, serial entrepreneur and MD of Whitehead Francis Associates, Project Managers & Cost Consultants for Office Refurbishment, Office Fit Out, Office Relocation and Modern Office Design. Based in Banstead, Surrey, United Kingdom.Commercial Real Estate.