leadforensics A guide to planning for an office refurbishment in London | Oaktree Interiors

You’ve identified that your company would benefit from a redesign of the office but how do you begin to plan for one?

Getting office refurbishment in London right is crucial; being such a competitive place to do business, you will probably need to refine every aspect of your operation to attract (and keep) new clients and talented employees. As their impressions are immediately drawn by how the interiors of the office (the home of the business) looks and feels, the crucial aspect lies in your ability to make it a favourable one.

Planning for your office refurbishment in London

Here are some things to think about when considering the refurbishment of your current office:

  • What are your objectives? At the start of your office refurbishment, it is important to identify what objectives and outcomes you would like to achieve. Often, the creation of a new office design is because the company needs to redefine the space in order to grow, to improve productivity, to work smarter or even to reduce operational costs. These are wider business objectives that often affect different departments and areas throughout the business and will involve making big changes in regards to its culture and mindset, its working practices and processes. Aligning everything with your objective is key.
  • What is the best way forward for ALL departments? The best office fit outs are ones that understand the working practices and processes of the different departments and employees who make use of it. By lending the design to how they work, you’ll be creating an environment that is designed to get the best out of everyone. This is why it’s always good practice to get the opinion of everyone who works in the different areas of the office; giving them a voice and an opportunity to contribute to a project that affects how they are able to work.
  • What do you want your company culture to be? Any office refurbishment in London will likely herald a new approach to working. This means that there will be a change in mindset and the overall culture throughout the organisation. By recognising this and ensuring that your business is equipped to support these changes is vital in meeting your objectives and paving the way for success.

    Changing the culture of the company may mean that you adopt smarter or more agile ways of working, moving to a results-oriented culture from one that was presence-based, in order to give employees the opportunity to manage their own hours and output. Whatever culture you want your business to have in place for when the new office design takes shape, must be communicated to your leadership team in order for them to ensure that each employee is fully aware of the new changes and so are able to hit the ground running for when the refurbishment is completed.
  • How can space be better utilised? Being aware of how your office space is currently used is one of the most important steps in the office design process. You should monitor how each part of your office is used and by whom; it’s through an audit such as this that you’ll be able to understand how the design of the office is able to be fit around the working practices of the teams who use it.
  • Have your considered the building services, your technological and acoustic requirements? By doing so, you will be able to make sure that important installations such as energy, heating, lighting, computer networking and acoustic systems are all in place early on in the process, rather than rushed in at the end. Along with better space utilisation, this is will give you a strong foundation from which to build your ideal design.
  • What about the future? Whilst it may be almost impossible to know what the future may hold, it is still important to ‘future proof’ your office fit out as much as possible in order to meet changes as they develop. This means that you should be able to create an informed design based on the findings of your audit and through your discussions with your management team and employees. Future proofing isn’t as difficult as it may sound; with today’s office designs being flexible (thanks to the technology at our disposal), meeting any challenges the future may bring is much easier than ever before. What hasn’t changed is the need for employees to work in an environment that has been shaped towards how they work best; so ensure that your office refurbishment is able to deliver the right results for them and by extension, your business.

Choose Oaktree Interiors For Office Refurbishment In London

If you are indeed looking to improve your office interiors to help push your business (and your employees) to the next level, why not allow the professional office design team here at Oaktree Interiors help? Having carried out many an office refurbishment in London throughout the last 30 years, our straightforward approach to our work has allowed us to deliver competent, innovative and inspiring office design solutions for a wide and varied client base.

Striking up a personal relationship with our clients is the very heart of our service; we believe that as the home of the business, the office should be able to reflect the values and needs of the people who work there. By understanding our clients, we are able to audit and then create a design that would be ideal for their requirements.

This is precisely why we offer a FREE, no obligation office design consultancy service that looks at the space available, as well as your requirements and presents them in the form of 2-D/3-D designs. This allows you to get an insight into how your ideal office fit out may look before you've even committed your resources to it.

Need to learn more about our bespoke office design service? Get in touch with us today

Please feel free to browse our case studies section to see a number of examples of our work. If you would like to learn more about our office refurbishment in London service, please feel free to get in touch with us directly today on 0345 21 86955. You can also reach us by e-mail at hello@oaktreeoffice.com

Leave a Comment