Office refurbishment London Guide
If you’re considering an office refurbishment sometime soon, then it pays dividends to do a little bit of planning. A full office fit out or partial refurbishment in occupation can be a potentially daunting prospect. Here is a handy checklist of some of the things you should consider.
It sounds obvious, but it’s important to consider why you are refurbishing. What’s wrong with where you are now? Has it become outdated or outmoded and off-putting for customers or attracting new staff? Are you looking to increase staff retention by making the office a more pleasant place to be? Do you have problems with under-utilised space? Let your reason for moving, refurbishment or change guide the rest of the process.
Find the right people
Make sure that you’ve got a project champion who has an ear to the ground and is good with budgets. Use the upcoming project as an opportunity to communicate with staff so that everyone gets on board with the project as internal change management can be the most challenging aspect of the project. Make sure that a new design doesn’t negatively impact on anyone’s work experience and be sure to consult far and wide.
Get your partners in place
The quicker you get in contact with a main contractor ideally through recommendation, the better. Ideally, contact a number of different companies that are comparable in size, experience and ability to get a firm idea of costs and how well they can meet your brief without disrupting your workforce. Do your research. Once you have a budget, make sure that you and your contractor are clear on what’s expected and when it will be delivered by to ensure it meets your timescales. There should be NO hidden costs or surprises.
Think about the fittings
Make sure that you pick the right furniture and fittings for your new office. The furniture is what potential customers see and what your employees will have to work with. A clever design with the right furniture can ensure that employees work better. Consider ergonomic design and comfort; your employees will thank you for it.
As your refurbishment comes to an end, ensure that you are getting exactly what you’ve asked for. Consider the logistics of moving your workforce in and the benefits of having a ‘grand opening’ or celebration event. If your staff feel a sense of pride in their new office they’re more likely to invest in its future well-being.
These are broad steps to consider as part of your refurbishment process. The reality can be a lot more complex. We recommend speaking to a reputable company on how best to bring a bit of sparkle back into your office space.