Intelligent Workplace Environments: Office interior fit out work


Intelligent Workplace Environments: Office interior fit out work

It is difficult to overestimate the importance of design in workplace and corporate environments. A good workplace, or office, is planned in such a way that it embodies and promotes the values, ambitions and structures of an organisation. It might encourage teams to develop or work together, or enable communications between individuals or parts of a company, or simply just help productive concentration, by the way that it organises views, desks, circulation, refreshment and lounge spaces. The organisation of a workspace should be planned in accordance with the values, business plan and culture of a company – visualising and manifesting them. A badly planned environment can be wasteful enough to derail destination and vision.

There are countless studies that document the positive effects that a well planned space can have on the productivity and general well being of workers. It is equally clear that companies who provide attractive, healthy environments that are uplifting to be in, are much more successful at recruiting and retaining the best individuals, and have much stronger teams.

Furthermore, your corporate environment not only structures your internal organisational consciousness, it also emits powerful signals to the outside world, as an image of a company. Just as a company should storyboard the typically daily experience of its employees, it should just as importantly plan the experience of any visitors – what do they see when they arrive, what is their first experience as they walk through the door? What information are they give, by what medium?, Who do they first meet, where and how? The entrance and reception areas of a company are interfaces to the world: 3D adverts.

WAG can help you evaluate and develop your existing and potential plans. Whilst it is possible to occupy successfully a ‘self-planned’ or ‘as found’ space, the likelihood is that your space is only being used to 60-70% of its potential.

A good design study would start by auditing the ways that the company is currently occupying space, which would include conducting surveys and recordings of existing movement, working and occupation patterns. We would consult with directors and employees, through interviews, questionnaires and workshops, exploring existing, perceived and ideal workplace conditions.

Building upon the aspirations and needs of the individuals and organisations that occupy the building, this kind of study would explore various spatial organisation options that embody and articulate different corporate values and cultures. We can then help you to understand which kind of organisation and space is most suitable for you. For example, are the directors of the different departments situated in the midst of their respective teams, or are they close to each other, in a power space? Are there breakout lounge spaces – for each team or shared spaces? What kind of office layout is most suitable for your corporate culture – Cellular offices, open plan, hotdesking…?

This study would set out the kinds of costs and time periods associated with various development options. It would also of course also set out the kind legislation that you need to be aware of, and which needs to be designed for – in particular regarding disabled access, building control and planning, and general environmental responsibilities.

In you agree that this kind of work is required, then we would suggest that we meet the various directors at your building. You can show us around, and we can have a general question and answer session. We can also present some of our work. If you are then interested in taking things further, we can draw up from this discussion a detailed proposal and scope of work for a feasibility study, and an overview of the design process that would happen after that.

I hope this helps to clarify what we can do. Give us a call on 020 73772423 if you have any questions.