Draw up a shortlist of available office buildings and inspect them all
Armed with your office relocation project brief and premises selection criteria, your commercial property agent will quickly be able to supply you with potential office buildings to view. At this stage the offices that are put forward will often only broadly fit the criteria, but best advice is to view a many as possible.
Once you have drawn up a short-list you should invite your office relocation partner to assess the buildings to determine how effectively the available space may be optimised to meet your work environment requirements.
Their review should also take into account the condition of the building’s major systems and an assessment of their remaining lifespan. It should cover every mechanical, electrical and spatial aspect of the building.
As they should have already audited your existing workplace environment and gained a detailed grasp of your operational needs and culture, the office relocation and fit-out team should also be able to consider the suitability of the new premises from every perspective.
Their I.T and telecoms specialists will want to be sure that the infrastructure can meet your technology needs, that the footprint of the offices may be configured to accommodate the layout you need to optimise your operations, that the reception area may be configured to create the first impression you need, that sufficient meeting rooms and breakout areas may be created and that any special areas may be factored in.
Remember to assess all office buildings against your detailed selection criteria to ensure that no key points are missed or forgotten.
Make sure your commercial property agent produces an accurate schedule of costs for rent, rates and service charges for all properties so a full comparison may be made.
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