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With the COVID-19 outbreak causing new considerations to be made in regards to social distancing at work, a business can be forgiven in thinking that any relocation and office fit out plans they had pre-lockdown need to be put on ice.

That doesn't have to be the case; even with the new measures, any business can still sufficiently plan for a move to a new office and still have the ability to fit it out in the custom way they're seeking.

As experts in office relocation and fit out, the Oaktree team are working with firms to implement government guidelines in their current, new or intended spaces. So if you're seeking a new fit out in the near future, read on to learn why COVID doesn't mean you should put your idyllic office design ideas on ice.

Office fit out in a post-COVID world.

An effective office fit out project relies on a number of tours and on-site inspections from the business's senior decision makers and its appointed office design consultants (who are tasked with negotiating and delivering the lease,as well as creating the internal fit out plan). For obvious reasons, this may prove somewhat problematic to carry out at the moment.

With the prospect of relocation seemingly unlikely, the solution would be to renew the current lease or at least, agree a short-term extension. In some cases, this may not be possible; the landlord may have different ideas of what to do with the space, they may lack a degree of flexibility or the space itself is simply no longer suitable for the business.

However, if a business wants to relocate and/or create a new fit out, it can still be achieved in this current climate…

How office relocations and fit outs can still be carried out.

After taking a detailed brief, the first stage of any office relocation will involve site inspections. Thanks to a vast improvement in technology in recent years, many landlords are able to offer a'virtual tour' of their properties; using web-based applications to host them.Even in a pre-COVID world, online tours of properties were a big help in familiarising interested parties with the space; providing them with the opportunity to imagine what their ideas will look like in the space they were viewing.

Of course, there is no substitute for a physical inspection, but creating a shortlist (before undertaking further due diligence) will help you to be aware of what to look out for once you're able to view the property in its physical form. 'Further due diligence' could include things like designing office fitout plans, requesting initial proposals and cash flowing these against alternative options.

If you have any lease events this year, the prospect of an office relocation in this current climate may seem daunting(especially considering the pressure placed on fit outs by the new guidelines);this might prove a decision too risky for some. However, it's definitely worth reviewing your current lease to see if you have any protection under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954. If you do have protection, you should (bar a few exceptions) be entitled to hold over you rcurrent office while negotiating a lease extension.

Ultimately, this time should be used to review how your office works for your business; for the first time, most people are working productively from home, so why not harness that? While we all miss the social interactions that the office brings, you may want to consider your home working policies and space requirements. Other businesses' have been using the current climate as an opportunity to diversify their portfolio with a number of decentralised office locations; helping to minimise risk for when the workplace is ready to get up and running again. As a result, they are able to use the space available to them more effectively; maintaining social distancing for the short-medium-term, whilst creating new social and collaborative spaces for the longer term, when everything is (hopefully!) COVID-free.

Whatever your situation and particul arrequirements, the Oaktree team are here to help.

Create your ideal office, with Oaktree Interiors.

As COVID-19 has presented unique challenges for us all, the workplace will need to ensure it provides a safe and secure environment for employees who are ready to return to work. Many firms are taking the opportunity to create new office fit outs; not only to abide by the latest government legislation but also to modernise or customise new and existing office space to better help employees grow their productivity.

Being an office fit out and relocation company, you can feel rest assured that our expert team can make all the changes, alterations and new creations you need. All work we undertake is done so in strict accordance with official guidance from the government; our health & safety specialists, site-based personnel and our supply-chain partners are diligently working together and complying with all the additional protection measures we have implemented.

So, regardless if you want to re-arrange your workspace, introduce new branding or create new areas within your office fit out, you can do so safe in the knowledge that you'll be meeting the demands of a post-COVID world.

Get in touch with the office relocation experts to learn more.

If you're interested in improving your office interiors for the future, why not get in touch with us today to learn more about how you could benefit? Included as part of our office fit out service is a completely FREE, no-obligation consultation that works to understand your requirements and the space on offer, before we create a design and plan of how your needs would transfer to your space. Give our team a call today on 0345 21 86955 or send an e-mail to hello@oaktreeoffice.com.
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