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Renovating A Business Premises? Consider These 3 Priorities
Renovating a business space is a confident investment in the future of your firm. It can add further functionality, safety, and capacity to your operation, no matter if you’re extending your office space, adding more meeting rooms, or simply reupholstering the entire building.
Of course, in the meantime, it’s important to make sure that your staff is given the chance to work elsewhere. This is perhaps easier than it used to be, as the prevalence of remote working is now more possible for a range of office workers. Alternatively, shifting offices around, or even bringing temporary office shelters onto the site can serve as a stop-gap solution.
Regardless of the logistics involved, what matters is to make sure that your intentions are properly mapped out and planned from the beginning. This way, you can ensure that your budgeting forecasts remain accurate, and that you ensure the final goal of your development is achieved. In this post, we’ll discus three priorities business owners can use in order to measure the metrics and planning of their renovation:
Of course, no business premises is worth spending time in if it isn’t safe. This might sound obvious, but you’d be surprised how the ‘death by one thousand cuts’ rule can apply to improper safety management. Sure, your electrical network may not be sparking or exposed to general staff, but could it be that your signposting in a server room isn’t clear, causing some unaware staff to walk in with hot coffees? Might it be that the lighting isn’t quite as strong as it could be, or perhaps too many people, and thus too many trip hazards, are present in an office where two departments are trying to coexist? It might be that inspection and hazardous area classification is crucial for the proper maintenance of a space. Keep safety as your top priority.
The logistics of a premises matter. How are goods transferred from your loading bay to where they might be needed? Is there appropriate signposting, and have you provided enough space between shelving units? How might it be that you signpost this area, and what storage mechanisms will you put in place to preserve your inventory (such as air filtration systems). If you’re structuring a loading bay for the first time, then how will you mark your parking zones to ensure trucks can move in and out without getting in the way of one another? These questions are important and insightful to keep on top of.
The navigability of your business is essential – from making it clear where visitors should arrive at your front desk (and what entrance to use there), as well as using colored lines to ensure guests and visitors can find their way around, what matters is signposting and structuring your departments in a coherent, understandable manner. Furthermore, adding enhanced navigability, such as an additional fire escape route from the second floor, may even save lives in the future. That’s a priceless investment.
With this advice, you’re certain to renovate a business premises with confidence and clarity.