In this section, we highlight the areas you need to consider when designing your new workspace and everything in it.
Take an agile approach
An increasing number of businesses are adopting an agile working methodology. In the post-coronavirus world, it's arguably imperative. This way of working increases collaboration between staff, boosts your ability to adapt, bolsters productivity, and much more. But an agile workplace needs an agile workspace.
Agile office designs consist of four key zones:
- Areas for focus
- Areas for collaboration
- Areas for socialising
- Areas for meetings
It’s important that these zones are designed to be multi-purpose. A meeting room could become an impromptu lunch area when clients are visiting, for example.
Agile isn’t the only choice when designing a new office, but it’s the option we recommend for most businesses looking to create a more modern, social workspace.
The hidden stuff
It’s easy to overlook because it’s out of sight, but have you thought about all the hidden stuff like storage, cabling, and plumbing?
We know it’s not very fun, but it’s really important to think about at this stage. Ignore this step at your peril!
Today’s world-class offices consider the needs of the environment as well the needs of their people. Consider how you’ll bring your new workspace in line with global standards like BREEAM and the International WELL Building Institute.
The WELL rating assesses the natural elements of your office that impact your team’s wellbeing, such as air quality, water purity, natural light availability, and biophilics (interaction with nature).
Building a sustainable office and designing it in a way that supports staff wellbeing is crucial to keeping your people happy and working productively.
An office for the future
Whatever your new workspace looks like, you need to consider what technology you’ll be using. It can often be tempting to kit out a workspace with all the latest gadgets and gizmos, but technology develops so quickly that it could all be outdated before you know it.
For this reason, you need to think about using technology that’ll stand the test of time and is flexible enough to adapt to whatever the future brings. Don’t be afraid to ask a third-party for help with this – it’ll save you a ton of money to get this right at the start.
Write a brief
Once you have an idea of the sort of design, technology, and sustainability features you’re looking for, it’s time to write a brief. This will be the document your office design team will work from. The more detailed and expansive the brief, the greater the chance you’ll end up with a workspace you’re happy with.
Bear in mind that your brief needs to be realistic. You can’t expect a gold standard fit out on a shoestring. Equally, you need to ensure your plans can be achieved as within schedule as possible.
We recommend storing this document on a cloud platform for easy access, so you can share it quickly with others for their input.
For some design inspiration to help you write your brief, take a look at some of our office design case studies.