The biggest expense in your project will be the design and actual refurbishment. Therefore make sure to engage with a reputable office design and refurbishment specialist during the early stages, as their advice will be invaluable.
A good office refurbishment partner will be able to help you identify your needs by carrying out surveys, space audits and feasibility studies. So if storage has always been an issue, they’ll have the experience to tell you how to make the best out of your existing space.
They will also come up with cost estimates and help you visualise your new space. They should be able to produce mood boards, sample boards, layout plans, 3D visuals, and even walk-through’s showing you exactly how your transformed office could look, so there are no nasty surprises later on.
A good partner’s Project Managers should be experienced professionals who are completely at ease with the challenges they know they will meet. They should have vast industry knowledge, and have an ability to manage and motivate like-minded people. They should have a proven track record for delivering projects on time, within budget, and to very high standards.
A workplace analysis should be completed, and detailed briefs taken to learn about your company requirements. This may include staff numbers, storage requirements, meeting room requirements, reception functionality and other information crucial to your business.
Your building should be surveyed to ascertain any furniture and equipment that you may wish to reuse.
Finally, ensure you hire a partner that offers a full turnkey solution to save you time, money and the hassle of managing multiple contractors.
Ask the following questions to determine if your potential design partner provides the best level of service that you deserve and need:
- Do they offer:
– Project management via one point of contact?
– Space audits and feasibility studies to calculate your space needs?
– Full cost estimates?
– Space planning?
– Interior design?
– Fit out and construction?
– Furniture selection and procurement?
– Health & safety?
- Do they have knowledge of the Disabilities Discrimination Act to ensure your office will comply?
- Can they help you define your requirements and put together your brief?
- Do they have experience of refurbishment in occupation, including:
- Allocation of swing space while works are taking place?
- Advice on what can be put into storage during works?
- Disassembly and assembly of furniture?
- Are they willing to provide quality references of previous refurbishments? And will they arrange for you to visit other offices they’ve done?
- Do they have the ability to offer sample product and/or visits to manufacturers to view potential furniture and
- Do they work to a fixed budget?
- Do they offer good value for money?
- Will they guarantee on-time completion?
- Are they financially stable?
- Do they have the purchasing power / partnerships to negotiate special deals?
- Do they have relevant health & safety experience?
- Are they environmentally conscious? Can they design and build a sustainable office for you?
- Do they have the necessary insurance cover in place (with evidence)?
Last but not by any means least… Does their team inspire your confidence and trust in their engagement and service?