Why Design is Important
It is no secret that good workplace design enhances organisational performance and can improve culture.
When you’re looking for a refresh or a new fit out of your workspace it is important to understand the core needs of the business and the people involved. By utilising this approach you can minimise your staff turnover, maximise staff wellbeing, empower your people and enhance your brand.
The design brief is a vital first step when planning a design fitout, outlining the aims, objectives and milestones of the project.
A thorough and articulate design brief helps develop trust and understanding between the client and designer – and serves as an essential point of reference for both parties throughout the process.
Above all, the design brief ensures that important design issues are considered and questioned before the work starts
From our experience the more thorough the design brief, the more successful the project.
Read more in our ‘Design Brief Development’ guide.
The Right Space
Office space is one of the biggest overheads for businesses, albeit a key consideration which can ultimately have an effect on productivity, business growth and market share.
Whether you want to move, or wish to utilise your existing office space, it is important to understand the capabilities and outcomes of both options and what will work best for your business.
Read more in our ‘Choosing the right office space’ guide.
Once you know where your office space will reside, It is important to understand how your current workspace is used and your plans for the future. Are you making the most of the space available to you? Will you need all the current spaces within your new design?
Poor layout or design can considerably reduce the amount of usable space available. It can also create an oppressive working environment and reduce productivity.
During space planning, elements such as meeting rooms, ventilation and lighting is considered. Taking the time to properly plan how your available office space should be used for maximum benefit gives your business the opportunity to design it around what your people need to achieve at work.
Once the design brief and space planning are confirmed, it is time to delve into concept design ideas.
Mood and concept boards, sketches, furniture plans, simple renders, product, colour and material samples are important to demonstrate the intended look and feel of the space and to gather valuable feedback in order to progress towards producing realistic renders.
Design elements may evolve slightly however the aim of this phase in the design process is to come to an agreement on the look and feel of the space as well as an understanding of essential items, to allow for products to be ordered and received in time.
After the concept phase is confirmed with the client, photorealistic renders can be produced bringing together the final stage of the visual presentations and design.
Once the design is agreed upon it is time to progress with progression of detailed working drawings of feature items, fixtures, fittings and a full specification of all items in order to procure accurate costings from all trades involved in the fit-out of the project proper.
A warrant application (where applicable) is submitted to the local authority and agreed drawings are submitted for landlord consent.