Choosing your new office space
Whether you’re moving to new premises or updating your existing workplace, an office fit – out or refurbishment can be stressful and time consuming without careful planning.
CONSIDER YOUR NEEDS
Are you fitting out or refurbishing because you’ve run out of space; are you down – sizing; merging with another office or simply updating your look?
Whatever your reasons it’s important to think about your needs, both now and in the future – you don’t want to be going through the same process in 12 – 18 months because you under – estimated your needs this time.
Things to consider:
THE PROJECT TEAM
There will be many elements involved in planning and managing an office fit-out. Whilst it’s advisable to appoint a “Go To” Project Manager to oversee the overall project, he or she will need the support of a team to ensure that all relevant aspects can be considered and addressed within agreed timelines.
The key personnel involved in an office fit-out project will obviously differ in each organisation, but the following should have some level of involvement:
Consider holding regular team briefings so that those colleagues not involved in the project team feel included. Don’t just tell them what’s happening – ask for their feedback and where possible circulate an employee questionnaire so that their recommendations and / or concerns can be considered.
CHOOSING A FIT-OUT PARTNER
Appointing an experienced fit-out partner to oversee the fit-out of your new office will save you time and money and ensure that your stress levels are kept to a minimum! A reputable company offering a full design and build service will take care of all aspects of the project. This removes the need to manage multiple contractors and gives you one point of contact.