Kelley Lowe Office Design April 09th, 2018 - 12:14:28
Certain modern office interior design projects involve a fit-out cost per square foot far higher than the typical range; for example with fit out costs sometimes in the region of £180 - £200 per square foot. Commercial interior fit out projects with this level of cost differ from the regular office design layout or office refurbishment in that the fittings materials and furniture will be specified to the very highest standard rather than the usual commercial levels. All figures quoted include Office Design CDM & Building Regulation submissions and project management... the figures are for complete start-to-finish projects.
Legal minimum office space per person. There is no prescribed minimum occupancy level for a modern office design. Within the UK Building Regulations the section dealing with Fire Hazards (Part B of the Building Regs.) advises a minimum area of 6 square metres (64 sq feet) for each person in an office premises. This figure can be achieved by equating the total headcount against the overall net internal area (NIA) and so doesnt necessarily limit the space for a single person with a desk. In practice offices will have a number of factors - mostly relating to Fire Escape but also the provisions of WCs amount of fresh air available through a ducted system etc. - that have an impact on the legal maximum number of people accommodated within an office building. The Means of Escape is the key criteria for density of occupation. Once a workstation office design layout is defined the Building Control advisor can determine if there are sufficient escape routes for the staff numbers.
Employees have difficulty working productively in noisy environments since stress levels increase and concentration is lowered. There are many design tricks architects can employ to deal with poor acoustics. Using the correct materials in the correct location is key to achieving the proper level of sound absorption. For example ceiling tiles should generally be applied at a low ceiling height. If the ceiling is very high then other methods need to be applied such as lining the walls with fabric banners or acoustical wall panels to avoid the sound bouncing off of drywall or other non-absorbent materials. To keep voices from traveling too far it is useful to places highly-absorbent materials at mouth level throughout the office. Another effective technique in limiting a noisy environment is to create a monotone background sound known as white noise. This can be achieved in a variety of ways such as through the strategic placement of fans and air conditioners the use of water fountains or by installing a sound masking audio system.
A highly detailed understanding about your businesses current and forecasted staff demands offices versus workstations configurations as well as other needs including office reception areas storeroom areas conference & collaboration spaces will help you vet would-be office space tenancies and receive design & fitout quotations in a considerably reduced timeframe while giving you more control of your project; Safety - while you are planning all your needs make sure you feature a well defined summary about your unique office relevant safety specifications. It will help to generate a safety checklist together with your OH&S spokesperson since this will validate your preliminary OH&S requirements and you can then integrate them into your office design & fitout planning work-flows. Be sure to account for wheelchair access;