Terry Woods Office Design April 24th, 2018 - 12:12:47
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.
What lies ahead for occupancy ratios? As mobile technology improves as home working becomes more viable with bandwidth increases and as part-time working becomes more widespread so the need for one desk per person diminishes. Increasingly modern office design is moving towards a ratio of 7 or 8 desks for every 10 staff. The next question is then about saving money by reducing the overall office space rental or to perhaps give some of the space over to social and team purposes? One of the leading adopters of modern office design incorporating flexible working and shared desk allocation CISCO Systems works on a ratio of 160 sq ft per person. Clearly they havent used unallocated desks and mobile working as a cost-cutting measure.
Modern office designs focus on clean lines and lots of space. Remove clutter and donate old furniture to thrift shops to help you to modernize your office space. This doesnt cost a penny and can have a huge visual impact that creates the image of a well-organized and highly-functioning company. Reconfigure the floor layout to make it easy for people to walk around. Use the money you saved by making some furniture serve more than one purpose. Make use of reconditioning remanufacturing and office furniture refurbishing techniques out there to not only create the illusion of a total design makeover but also to reimagine the workspace with new working surface areas that can serve more than one function.
When its time to design your office fit out most people want to know what everyone else is doing in their offices at the moment so that they can do something similar. After all no one wants to be behind the times. So here are three of the current office design trends in Australia and overseas: 1. Writing on Walls It is becoming increasingly popular for companies to want a large space on which to write and brainstorm ideas. This was traditionally done with the standard whiteboard but these days office designers are coming up with more creative ways to do this.