Planning an office refurbishment from scratch can be a time-consuming and, often, daunting task. It’s no mean feat keeping track of the individual designers, tradesmen, suppliers, and movers across the course of a fit out. With so many moving parts, it’s important to consider if going it alone is the best course of action, or whether you should bring in a specialist to help.
If you go it alone, you’ll often require different contractors for each stage of the process. This means coordinating them all simultaneously, closely managing your budget and keeping to a strict schedule to ensure you don’t fall behind.
Moreover, if this isn’t handled efficiently, it can cause huge disruptions for your staff – negatively impacting their wellbeing and reducing productivity. Attempting to handle a refurbishment on your own, alongside keeping the existing office as stress-free and productive as possible, can be a nightmare.
Experienced office refurbishment companies will be able to handle the project in its entirety. They’ll have a wealth of experience in office functionality and design, and will be able to provide everything you need. From bespoke furniture solutions to installations and fittings, it'll all be covered — allowing you to relax and focus on other things.
Workspace Design and Style
Your workspace should facilitate the way your company operates, and also be an expression of its individuality – with its design reflecting your growth, ambitions and business goals.
While you might have a pretty good idea of what you want on paper, without expert help, it can be hard to make these plans a reality. It's incredibly easy to be overwhelmed with the sheer amount of design choices available. And although it's perfectly possible to manage the project yourself and achieve adequate results, you're unlikely to achieve the same quality outcome that a skilled, objective, designer can deliver.
A great office refurbishment company will recognise that the design of your new office has to be directly informed by your business needs.
Some will offer a workplace consultancy service – that takes the time to understand your business, analysing how your staff use your current space and adjusting the design accordingly. Whether that means more desk space, dedicated collaboration zones or agile environments — they'll be able to support you in maximising your office's potential and ensuring it's fully equipped to suit your needs.
It's always worth being aware of how much your overall refurbishment or fit out project is going to cost. There are lots of factors to consider when drawing up a budget, such as employee requirements, furniture, any custom features and more. If the thought of quantifying your project seems intimidating, you might want to consider outsourcing to a design company for help.
Using one dedicated service for all of your planning, design, and fit out needs, costs considerably less than employing several suppliers to aid you in going it alone. Plus, there's the added benefit of being able to accurately calculate costs from the start, so there's no hidden surprises down the line.
It's also worth thinking long term. Investing in the design of your workplace will ensure your business continues to grow, safeguard against any forthcoming challenges, and keep your staff's well-being and productivity high — saving you time and money in the future.
To learn more about how an office refurbishment company can handle all of your design, planning and installation requirements, order a copy of our fit out guide today.