The number of properties that may appear to meet your office relocation requirements is likely to seem bewildering and overwhelming.
Compounded by the cost implications of making the wrong decision, it is not difficult to see why the most successful projects are invariably the ones that begin with a methodical appraisal of the features and benefits you most want and need.
A common starting point is to draw up a property selection criteria that takes into account the findings of your accommodation study and your workplace audit.
If you have not commissioned an audit, at least consider your organisational structure, growth plans, working practices, storage requirements, open plan versus cellular layout preferences, inter-departmental relationships and disabled staff requirements.
Armed with the results of your initial research, consider the size and type of locations available to you – such as city centre, suburbs, business park – and be sure to take into account local amenities and whether one area suits the corporate image you wish to convey better than another.
It is also wise to choose a new location that will not upset existing staff and customers and that will not pose any future recruitment problems. It would also be advisable to check that you will not be in breach of employment contracts by moving too far.
Your criteria should also take into account the building specification, occupation costs, preferred lease terms, landlord incentives and timescales.
Equally important are services issues such as air-conditioning (HVAC), power supplies, car parking, lifts, security arrangements, fire protection, natural light, washroom and kitchen facilities.
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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