Posted on October 11, 2015
In every office, shop or any other kind of business premises there are a few key areas that see a considerably higher footfall than anywhere else. Toilets, receptions, kitchens and pathways are generally examples of this. So, with so many people passing through these areas, these spaces require robust and durable fittings, fixtures and furniture.
Here are a few top tips for designing an office refurbishment with high footfall in mind:
Open plan offices are great in creative environments as they encourage interaction and brainstorming; however, sometimes your staff need a little peace and quiet to get on with their work and concentrate. Fitting colourful, low dividers to the backs of their desks will provide them with a little privacy should they want to get their heads down.
It is also important to provide some quiet space away from the crowd. You could section off part of the office or convert a spare meeting room into a ‘quiet zone’ with soft seating and plenty of power points. This will allow people to come and go with a laptop, and ensure there aren’t any distractions when they are in this place.
It may not be immediately noticeable, but with thousands of feet pounding the ground within your high footfall areas every year, the flooring will soon wear and carpets may thread. Therefore, it’s important to fit durable and long lasting materials.
For office areas, nylon or wool low pile carpets are best as they are resilient and use strong fibres. Whereas laminate or vinyl are ideal for kitchens, bathrooms or hallways, as they are durable and easily to wipe clean should there be a spillage. Plus, they can easily be replaced should you have an office fit out.
As well as giving your staff some private space, it is important not to make them feel enclosed or trapped in by walls or cubicles, as this can make them feel lonely and claustrophobic. Knocking down walls and creating large open spaces in high footfall areas will combat this.
Alternatively, give each employee their own little piece of space in the office by providing interlocking desks (as pictured). This intermittent design means you will maximise space and create an optimised floorplan, but they don’t have to bump elbows or stare into the eyes of one another 5 days a week.
With so many people using one space it is easy for your office to get warm and stuffy, so ventilation is key. Large windows will combat this, as well as allowing plenty of natural light to flood in.
However, if you have a busy space in the centre of your building where windows aren’t possible there are still a few things you can do, such as fitting skylights or integrating a ventilation system. These are both relatively cost effective and you’ll be grateful you made the investment when the fresh air is flowing.
Do you have a busy office and aren’t quite sure how to redesign it? Well, we can help; we’re office refurbishment experts. Check out some of our past projects here and read up on our latest office design tips in the following blogs: