Space Planning

Space planning is the discipline of planning your interior space for optimal use.

Logic dictates that the space should be laid out in accordance with the primary use of the space and the individuals that are to be situated within that space. All interior spaces require space planning; offices, stores, restaurants, hotels, conference spaces, entertainment facilities, homes etc. Space planning is simply the planning of space! When space planning is done correctly it ensures the successful use of the space. Because space is expensive it makes sense to call on the professionals trained to assist with maximising the use of the space and to ensure that the area will not need to be re-planned due to poor planning decisions, which in turn will generate more cost.

Office Space Analysis

Office space analysis

Space is expensive. How do you know whether you’re occupying your space efficiently? How do you know whether the space you’d like to move into is suitable? Perhaps you’re paying for more space than your organisation needs. Perhaps the way that your current space is being utilised is wasting your precious resources. We can assist you with an analysis of your current operational needs and any proposed space, and advise whether or not the space is suitable to your company needs. We can also advise where and how to save space and, therefore, save money!
Saving space can do more for your team than just save money; saving space and using it cleverly will improve on navigation and flow through the space and how your workforce interacts with their environment and with each other… all of this goes towards cutting costs and improving productivity.

Office Space Planning

Office space planning

There are two primary factors that dictate the use of office space;

the first is the purpose of the space and the second is the cost of the space.

If the office space is required to house a call centre with high volumes of people, the cost of space per person is considerably low by comparison to other office areas. However, a high density environment, such as a call centre, demands cleverly planned access space, breakaway space, collaborative work space and meeting space.

If the space in question is required for meeting rooms, for example, the location of the meeting rooms is to be carefully considered to allow easy access by the people who will use the space. A meeting room area would, naturally, be required to be quiet and well laid out to facilitate meetings and collaborative work groups.

Office space planning is a highly specialised field that requires much research into the workings of each individual company and the teams within that company.

Factors that influence how the space is planned include communication between departments, paper flow, collaboration, degree of supervision required for teams and access to building facilities.

Extensive investigation into each departments’ function is required in order to ensure the success of all office space planning and when this is done properly the benefits to the company are vast!

Office Layout Design

Office layout design

Office spaces have evolved over the years. The one fundamental issue driving the change in office layout design is the function of the space. As business has evolved so have office spaces.

Form follows function…
When we set out to create an office environment, our first step in the office layout design process is to take a very detailed brief from you, our client, to determine the exact functional requirement of the space. We grow the office layout design and overall design concept from there.

Office Screens and Partitions

Office screens and partitions

There are many options when it comes to dividing up your workspace. We will assess your space needs and departmental requirements and determine the best solution when it comes to office screens and partitions.

Drywall partition systems are the most commonly used in offices because they are quick to assemble and relatively cost effective. This may not be your best solution. Glass screening and demountable systems offer flexibility and many benefits such as ease of re-use and flow of light and visual space.

Screening systems used on and around office workstations carry power to the workstations neatly and efficiently and can come with other features such as writing boards and pin boards. Acoustic properties are very important in open plan office environments where many people share the same space.

Upholstered screens and room dividers will assist with maintaining good acoustics within the office space. Office screens and partitions are very specialised and the correct application must be sourced for your workspace, it is advisable to rely on the assistance of office planners for this.