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Top 5 Challenges in Office Renovation

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Refurbishing your office space is an investment in your business and will deliver benefits in to the future – but only if you start out with a clear strategy! Set yourself up for success by having a good plan in place from the outset. 

1. Getting it Right

Undertaking an office renovation is a significant project for your business; therefore, getting it right and delivering results is crucial. 

Identifying the reason for the refurbishment is key to ensuring the finished product delivers on your business’ needs. 

Here are some key questions to consider; 

  • What is the key driver; Growth in size of the workforce? Facilities in need of upgrading? Health & Safety concerns? Lack of storage? 

  • What is the long-term strategy for your business? Plan now for future growth and expansion. Your new workspace should be fit for purpose to see you through the next 5+ years.

  • How do you want employees to work? Do you want to employ a collaborative working environment? If so, the design will need to reflect open spaces, break out areas etc. 

  • Do employees avail of flexible working arrangements such as home working? Take this into consideration when planning desk requirements. 

  • Have you considered technology? Both existing architecture and future requirements.

Stakeholder engagement will be key to this process – consulting areas of the business such as Health & Safety, Procurement, Finance and the people who work in the space etc will help you refine the deliverables but also avoid/highlight any potential pitfalls. 

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2. Going Green

The environment and sustainability are high on the agenda for many businesses today and it is not surprising, given the results it delivers – increased productivity, decreased absenteeism and reduced energy bills. 

Achieving this may seem daunting but it doesn’t need to be complicated or add to your budget. It does however; need to be considered from the outset of any project. 

  • Make energy efficiency a requirement when replacing lighting, heating and ventilation systems

  • Maximise natural light in the design

  • Allow for recycling stations

  • Choose products made from recycled materials

  • Upcycle existing joinery where possible

  • Don’t forget the culture; employees need to be encouraged to conserve, recycle and power down devices at the end of the day.

3. Health & Safety

Considerable planning should go in to the Health & Safety plan, especially when refurbishment is taking place in an occupied space. This type of project presents challenges and it is important to ensure staff, clients and other building occupants are protected. 

A good Health & Safety plan will cover the design (ergonomics, furniture), the move (office removal, waste disposal) and most importantly, the renovation. 

This is where picking the right contractor will be invaluable. Work with companies who have a proven track record in Health & Safety and who have Health & Safety at the core of their business. This will ensure that not only are all legal responsibilities complied with but also, they can carry out risk assessments, offer Health & Safety advice and workplace safety audits. 

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4. The Budget

Once you have a clear idea of what you want to achieve; it is time to put a realistic budget in place. 

Many items will be relatively easy to budget for but don’t forget to allow for less obvious costs such as; planning permission fees, professional fees; insurances, increased utility or maintenance costs, temporary storage during the renovation etc. 

Be sure to include all IT and technology costs.

Engaging a company who provides a design and build solution can pay dividends. You will be provided with full cost estimates – ranging from space planning, office design, on site construction and furniture installation. They will also be able to advise on what are the key drivers in the overall cost. Additionally, having end-to-end project management responsibility assigned to one contractor means that it is their responsibility to deliver the project within budget, on time and to a very high standard.

5.    Maintaining Productivity 

Always a concern when embarking on an office renovation is how to maintain productivity during the renovation phase. 

First, you need to get buy in from key stakeholders in the business and a good way to do this is to ensure all key departments are represented in your internal project team. This will mean all areas will have an opportunity for input to the process and a sense of ownership is fostered.

Next, maintain communication with staff and all stakeholders throughout the process. A good comms plan will include staff briefings, so everyone knows what changes are happening, when it’s happening and what impacts they can expect during the renovation. When the work is complete plan for staff orientation and/or welcome packs to the new workspace.

Finally, engage an office fit-out specialist with experience in projects in occupied premises. Their expertise will be invaluable, not only during the fitout phase but also in the planning phase e.g. they can advise swing space solutions. Key considerations during the fitout are access and egress, noise and dust control, consideration of other tenants and disruption to your operation. This is where an experienced contractor will be able to advise and deliver on a schedule that will minimise disruption to all concerned. 

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To read about some of our office renovation work click here: HPE Case Study

Contact us here to learn more how IIS Ltd. can help make your office renovation a painless and successful project. 

IIS Ltd are in Cologne at ORGATEC 2018. The World's leading trade fair for Office and Facility.

IIS Ltd are here in Cologne discovering how smart working environments can promote diversity in the new work culture, reinvigorate offices and bring creativity to life. At the show some of the global trends and innovative solutions we are seeking for our clients include:

  • Contract design

  • Furnishings

  • Equipment

  • Flooring

  • Acoustics and lighting

  • Media and information technology

An example below: The "Quiet Cone".

A super noise control solution for the open plan office collaboration area. One of many great product found at the ORGATEC.

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The privacy pod!

With HDMI, USB, with loudspeaker, with integrated computer, with integrated electrical outlet, with integrated LED, with touchscreen, connected, laptop, with volume dimmer switch.

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It is a fantastic show here at Orgatec, some amazing ideas and products to bring back and share with our clients. Below is a selection of the many great products found at the show..


The ORGATEC in Cologne is the world's leading trade fair for Office and Facility. http://www.orgatec.com


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Interior Integration Solutions Ltd. The most innovative and successful interior fit-out company in the UK and Ireland.         

 

IIS UK Ventures Limited

Metal Box Factory, 30 Great Guildford Street, Unit GG.510,  Borough, London SE1 OHS 

ph: 0044 20 7544 1031 

 

IIS Ltd Ireland 

Unit A3, Celbridge M4 Business Park, Maynooth Road, Celbridge, County Kildare, Ireland.

ph: 00 353 1 6274222 

www.fitout.ie

30, 000 sq. ft. Refurbishment over 3 floors - The Kerry Group

IIS have successfully delivered a total refurbishment of the Kerry Group 30,000 sq.ft office space and R&D facility within the Millennium Park, Naas, Co. Kildare.

The new facility supports the Kerry Groups’ requirements for customer and employee focused, modern facilities including administration areas, meeting spaces, staff breakout area, staff support facilities with collaboration spaces and a colourful theme.

Demolition Phase - Goswell Road, London.

Work has commenced on our latest Project on Goswell road in London. This exciting scheme involves significant demolition works to open up the space and allow light in, and create new stair cores within the existing building confines, linking the floors together. 

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Also encompassed in this extensive refurbishment is the formation of lightwells and installation of rooflights, sandblasting of the existing soffit and brick walls to breathe new life into the floors. We can’t wait to see this all come together, please watch this space for further updates.

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Interior Integration Solutions Ltd. The most innovative and successful interior fit-out company in the UK and Ireland.        

 

IIS UK Ventures Limited

Metal Box Factory, 30 Great Guildford Street, Unit GG.510,  Borough, London SE1 OHS 

ph: 0044 20 7544 1031 

 

IIS Ltd Ireland 

Unit A3, Celbridge M4 Business Park, Maynooth Road, Celbridge, County Kildare, Ireland.

ph: 00 353 1 6274222 

www.fitout.ie

30, 000 sq. ft. demolition by IIS Ltd commences at Hawthorn House.

Some images of the extensive demo work over 3 floors by IIS Ltd. The fit out of Kerry Foods - a 30,000 sq ft. office space and R&D facility within the Millenium Park, Naas, Co. Kildare. The finished fit out will include office spaces to multiple floors, open plan spaces, collaboration spaces, meeting rooms and breakout areas.

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Interior Integration Solutions Ltd. The most innovative and successful interior fit-out company in the UK and Ireland.     

 

IIS UK Ventures Limited

601 International House, 223 Regent Street, London, W1B 2QD, UK. 

ph: 0044 20 7544 1031 

 

IIS Ltd Ireland 

Unit A3, Celbridge M4 Business Park, Maynooth Road, Celbridge, County Kildare, Ireland.

ph: 00 353 1 6274222 

www.fitout.ie