Oct. 26, 2012
-- Spacework’s Lizzi Hines has some timely advice for businesses considering relocating to a new premises and that is “the earlier the better" and she advocates the reasons being that not only will the relocator have a greater chance of finding suitable premises, but they will have enough time to negotiate a lease which suits their requirements. They can then organise and undertake the design and fit-out of their premises, with the minimum of stress. In Lizzi’s experience the design and fit-out process takes approximately four to five months so it is imperative that there is plenty of time allowed prior to this to find the property, negotiate the lease and appoint a designer.
What Lizzi and her team are really good at it is working with space, and working with space is an art. They advise contacting a designer ( http://spaceworks.co.nz/company-profile.html
) when there is still a year to go on the current lease and have them assess how much space will be needed for future requirements, including growth. This will obviously vary according to the nature of each business and how much space each person requires to perform their particular job. Different professions will have different spatial requirements. For example, lawyers, or businesses requiring a high percentage of private space allow 15-20 square metres per person and call centres requiring a high percentage of open space allow 8-12 square metres.
The number one reason to employ an interior designer is to ensure cost efficiency. Being correctly advised early on of the amount of space a business ( http://spaceworks.co.nz/office-design.html
) will need will save literally thousands of dollars per year in rent, bearing in mind that every square metre leased over what is realistically needed costs money, reason enough on its own to employ a designer. However, there are certainly many other good reasons to hire an interior designer early on in the piece. The person locating gets to carry on with their own work rather than having to be a designer, draughtsperson and project manager all in one. The office will be designed by an expert who will accurately reflect the layout and facilities required by the business. A designer has the skill to maximise the use of the space and make it work to its potential.
An office is designed to reflect not only the image the business wants to portray but also the culture experienced by the people who work there. The team at Spaceworks accomplish all this and more and invite you to visit their website at http://www.spaceworks.co.nz