From reputation to social responsibility, office interior design falls into the commercial interior design remit. It generally has a number of elements that need to be considered during the planning process.
Office interior design or office fit out relies on a range of factors to get right. Every company is going to have different requirements that extend further than personal preferences. Office size and layout of course is as important as any other type of interior design project whether residential interior design or Food & Beverage (F&B) interior design.
We highlight some of the main considerations for the Office Interior Designer.
Brand is of the utmost importance to any company, and their working space must reflect this. From upholstery colours to space for actual branding materials, any design must have brand at the centre of their brief.
Everyone has their budget. Smaller companies are likely to have a much lower budget than say The Coca Cola Company, and it is your jobs to get the best bang for their buck whether it’s a big or small buck. Everything should have a rationale for its requirement in a space.
3. Health and Safety
Health and safety is important in any setting – from hospitality, retail to residential. However, with office fit outs, health and safety is a legal obligation. Every single space from cupboards to board rooms need to be safe for all employees and adhere to strict fire regulations. So, if an 18ft table is going to become a fire hazard – best go for the smaller one. Your client will understand.
Sustainability – our favourite word here at Hunter Dunning. Eco-friendly offices are undoubtedly on-trend with many commercial environments adopting sustainable practices from water use to solar panelled roofs to significantly reducing plastics. Aside from being “on-trend”, importantly sustainable efforts are key to ensuring compliance and social responsibility with legislative and personal efforts.
Staff retention relies on ensuring your employees enjoy a work life balance. This can be achieved through employing contractual perks but also physical benefits. This can include the creation communal spaces to encourage a community spirit among staff. Staff rooms, games stations, comfortable talking spaces can all contribute towards the social requirements we require as human beings.
Incorporating these elements will not only help the company achieve its office interior design goals as a business but will also have an effect on staff productivity – an even better sell to your client. For example, eco-friendly environments have also been shown to enhance the senses, clear the mind and increase productivity because they are cleaner. As such having sustainability considerations will tick more than the “on-trend” box, it will have real life positive consequences.
The same can be said for keeping the brand true in the staff’s minds eye and promoting community and health and safety. All in all, happy employees equals business progression. Who knows, this could even lead to a new office fit out in the future as your client outgrows their space.
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