By Alexandrin. Office Design. Published at Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 - 16:05:35 PM.
Legal minimum office space per person. There is no prescribed minimum occupancy level for a modern office design. Within the UK Building Regulations the section dealing with Fire Hazards (Part B of the Building Regs.) advises a minimum area of 6 square metres (64 sq feet) for each person in an office premises. This figure can be achieved by equating the total headcount against the overall net internal area (NIA) and so doesnt necessarily limit the space for a single person with a desk. In practice, offices will have a number of factors - mostly relating to Fire Escape but also the provisions of WCs, amount of fresh air available through a ducted system, etc. - that have an impact on the legal maximum number of people accommodated within an office building. The Means of Escape is the key criteria for density of occupation. Once a workstation office design layout is defined the Building Control advisor can determine if there are sufficient escape routes for the staff numbers.
How does this urban planning model play out in terms of office productivity? Office assistants, for example, are generally situated in spaces that are more public, often close to the main passageways so that they are more accessible to their supervisors and other staff members. In contrast, more senior management tend to have offices with doors so that they are able to hold private meetings or work in seclusion if their tasks require a deeper level of concentration. Of course, the company culture will ultimately dictate where senior management put their offices. It is a trend among some types of companies for managers and CEOs to sit in open workstations along with their staff, so as to appear more accessible.
Marketing agencies who nowadays want to have their office designed or have their old one refurbished desperately need office spaces that eliminates barriers to team working, with personal design boards that can be alternated into a client-facing space plus the variety of brain-storming, workshop, presentation and meeting areas. Creative marketing agencies look for office work desks that can be fully customised to suit the user, by having desks and chairs to fully suit the users size and sitting position. In summary, creative agencies want to have office furniture which is completely user-controlled, meaning that the office layout can be adapted totally by employees.
A highly detailed understanding about your businesses current and forecasted staff demands, offices versus workstations configurations, as well as other needs including office reception areas, storeroom areas, conference & collaboration spaces, will help you vet would-be office space tenancies and receive design & fitout quotations in a considerably reduced timeframe, while giving you more control of your project; Safety - while you are planning all your needs, make sure you feature a well defined summary about your unique office relevant safety specifications. It will help to generate a safety checklist together with your OH&S spokesperson since this will validate your preliminary OH&S requirements and you can then integrate them into your office design & fitout planning work-flows. Be sure to account for wheelchair access;
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