Adopting open-plan to increase efficiency is not revolutionary.
This is principally done by getting more people into less space and thereby reducing cost.
Sounds simple, doesn’t it?
Now, however the objective of good design in the workplace has moved on a step or two. Reducing cost is not the only goal.
Supporting market force driven cultural change and the shifting demographics of the available workforce mean that the office space we occupy needs to be not only efficient but attractive, flexible, innovative and productive.
Information and communications technology has made an enormous impact too! The ringmaster marshalling all these influences and advances is Workplace Optimisation & Design.
You cannot, therefore, afford to allow your fit-out partner to simply place departments and people where they fit day-one and expect to get the best out of your premises and people.
At a minimum they should interview department heads, consider adjacencies and plan for future expansion.
The development of the workplace optimisation and design is an iterative process that will run on for several weeks. The designs should be presented to you in a format that is easy to understand.
You should check that the fit-out company has the ability to produce 3D images and walk-throughs from an in-house capability and that they are happy to produce a full range of visuals (and walk-throughs) for you. .
Maris Interiors LLP is the UK’s leading specialist in workplace consultancy, workplace optimisation, office design, office refurbishment, office fit-out and office relocation. Maris design and create world class working environments for occupiers throughout the UK and continental Europe. The Maris team of experts has extensive and in-depth knowledge of how good office design and fit-out can substantially improve business performance, save vast amounts of money and help retain and attract key people.
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