Selecting an efficient floor plate with the wrong planning grid can impact upon your space requirements by up to an astonishing 31%.
Establishing an efficient floor plate is therefore only part of the solution. The planning grid of a property will dictate the optimum internal configuration of its design. Working against the planning grid can have a huge financial impact on a project, whilst working with the wrong planning grid can dictate up to a 31% increase in space requirement.
Planning grids are the measure by which properties are designed. The planning grid dictates the interface between perimeter window mullions, internal columns, suspended ceiling systems, lighting layouts and most importantly the mechanical services within a property. Working with rather than against a buildings planning grid will therefore minimise impact on these items and control disruption and cost.
Imperial planning grids can be found in older building stock and are measured in feet as opposed to metres. The translation of these grids into metric provides varying planning grids that on average show themselves in 1.2m (approximately 4ft) modules. The average office size in a property of this nature is 191 sq ft.
Metric planning grids in contrast follow an industry standard 1.5m grid and provide more flexible use for Clients operating in heavily cellular environments. The average office size in a property of this nature is 145 sq ft. For heavily cellular environments, offices designed working with imperial planning grids can therefore be up to 31% less efficient.
Analysis of planning grids and how these impact upon your real estate and workplace requirements is an essential component of the Workplace Strategy.
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