The end of highly structured formal workspaces?
The days of highly structured formal densely packed people factories with strong hierarchies and corporate monoculture are thankfully coming to an end.
The last decade has also brought about significant changes in the physical spaces many office workers inhabit. Only 5 – 7 years ago most office workers remained static, bound to their office and desk, simply because the phones and computers to do their job were fixed in one place. Laptop computers, tablets, and smart phones have enabled significant opportunities to change the way offices are designed, planned and therefore used.
Typically, the rising cost of office space has engendered the open plan model with a high density of workstations to maximise value with more intensive occupancy sqft.
As human capital for most companies is the largest expense it makes sense to research the socioemotional impact of staff associated with these environments.
Interior design and 3 D model / space plan for Rullion Group in Altrincham blending social and workspace and incorporating high table meeting / presentation areas with camp fire / huddle spaces for informal internal meetings to encourage ‘movement’ and to stimulate collaboration
The research, assessing the extent to which employees shared their office space with others, along with demands comprising of distractions, uncooperative behaviours, distrust, negative relationships, resources from co-worker friendships and supervisor support. The resulting
Data suggests that, as work environments become more shared & open plan (with hot-desking / agile workspaces being the current trend and the extreme), not only was there an increase in demands, but co-worker friendships were not necessarily improved and perceptions of supervisory support decreased.
In conclusion one of the main factors employee well-being in shared / open plan works environments is the distraction by noise and loss of privacy. In hot / agile spaces the lack of certainty and personalised desk space was cited as detrimental to well-being
‘’Distraction by noise and loss of privacy were identified as the major causes of workspace dissatisfaction in open-plan office layouts’’
A fundamentally new interpretation of work has developed among the highly educated and younger generations” “These workers seek work that is rewarding and pleasurable in terms of satisfaction with enrolment not solely based on remuneration. Recruiting and retaining this new generation means investing in good design and space planning
The generally accepted main advantages of exclusively Co-worker spaces as follows;
- ease of interaction,
- projecting image of being modern and forward thinking,
- improved flexibility in the use of the physical space,
- closer working relationships,
- higher productivity,
- more easily exchanged knowledge / skills
- increased networking opportunities
The advantages of Co-worker spaces were offset by the negative impact of noise, loss of privacy, lack of certainty and personalised desk space
Design scheme for Traklabs a global incubator & investor in start-ups businesses. The Select Interiors space plan incorporated high table hot desking / agile spaces and an informal meeting booth within the more traditional layout
At Select Interiors Ltd Manchester design & fit out company we strive to ‘design in’ Co-worker style spaces within the open plan model to amalgamate the advantages. We to try to balance the needs of company revenue returns per sqft against the less tangible return of staff wellbeing within the design process.
We always try to incorporate acoustic treatments within office spaces subject to budget. It may be just the use of acoustic desk screens; we like to include ceiling mounted systems. We also incorporate acoustic plasterboards and acoustic insulation as standard within our partitions. We aim to improve acoustics and give personal division of space to ameliorate the negatives as highlighted in the report.
The Select Interiors Ltd interior design team aim to create slightly less formal work environments more in tune with modern work patterns.
An excerpt from a presentation above by Select Interiors Ltd for old friends RATPDev Manchester Metrolink. The research by Sodexo Workplace as the pictograph illustrates an average of 54% of time spent at work it makes sense to ensure your workspace is more than fit for purpose. Select Interiors Manchester Office Designers and Fit Out Company can help you achieve the best for your budget and incorporate all the latest research into work patterns and trends
BELOW ARE EXAMPLES OF SOME RECENTLY COMPLETED PROJECTS AND SOME THAT ARE CURRENTLY ON SITE
MEDIACOM IN SPINNINGFIELDS, OFFICE DESIGN AND FITOUT BY SELECT INTERIORS LTD MANCHESTER
Space plan by Select Interiors Ltd for Mediacom in Spinningfields Manchester to accommodate additional staff and increase value per sqft by creative space planning. The executive office below was created where a former storage area was located. We dismantled the storage, took all the items to storage and built this cool office for Finance Director Erica
The work at Mediacom in Spinningfields included radial floating bulkheads with concealed Led lighting, spiral ductwork with diffusers sprayed to compliment the colour scheme. Radial seamless glass partitions, power, data and flooring. The creative re-alignment of partitions and storage area to accommodate an additional 8 staff and the executive office above to squeeze value per sqft for Mediacom
The above area was converted by Select Interiors Manchester, from a closed fixed screened executive space (5 desks) into an office comfortably accommodating 20 staff. With adjacent Kitchen / Staff breakout, access to top floor balcony and informal meeting booths and boardroom is a self-contained creative hub for the new media team
Select Interiors Manchester completed the full demolition and fit out of the ground and 4th floors to create an additional 23 number staff and an executive office for Finance Director squeezing best valued out of the available space. The works were completed over an eight-week programme whilst the office was live by phasing the works incorporating weekends to complete the messy demolition phases
MANSION HOUSE IN ALTRINCHAM FOR RULLION GROUP OFFICE DESIGN BY SELECT INTERIORS MANCHESTER
Space plan & design theory behind scheme proposals as part of the 12,000.00 sqft design and fit out of Mansion House in Altrincham for Rullion Group
Select Interiors office designers and fitters Manchester have been shortlisted to complete a re-design and space reallocation of 12,000.00 sqft of Grade an office in Altrincham for Rullion group, the brief given by Managing Director Philip Higgins included re-designing and streamlining over 22,000 sqft of offices over 3 floors of the Mansion House offices in Bridgewater Embankment Altrincham and 2 floors Roberts House also in Altrincham. Scope of works include full design and submission of drawings to Building Control and for Landlord’s approval. Demolition, fit out, partitioning, bespoke joinery, desks, pedestals, informal meeting booths, soft seating, kitchen, flooring, electrical, data, fire strategy provision, decoration, graphics and contract cleaning
BIZ SPACE ARNOLD OFFICE DESIGN AND FITOUT BY SELECT INTERIORS LTD MANCHESTER
Select Interiors have won and started a roll out of refurbishment projects for expanding office and property group Biz Spaces. Select Interiors fit out Manchester are currently refurbishing all the communal spaces, bathrooms and kitchens at Biz Spaces Arnold in Nottingham. Working in conjunction with Kate Yates director of Territory Interiors in Altrincham as part of a national roll out of refurbishments, Select Interiors are to be awarded another project in Altrincham. Services provided by Select Interiors Ltd include drawings. Planning, submission of full drawings for Landlord and Building Control approval, electrical, data, lighting, kitchens, sanitary ware, ceramic tiling, decoration, blinds and flooring
OFFICE DESIGN FOR KNIGHT FRANK BY SELECT INTERIORS LTD MANCHESTER
Select Interiors Manchester are proud to have been invited to design a scheme for property company Knight Frank for office design and fit out for a project on New Bailley Street
SELECT INTERIORS MANCHESTER OFFICE DESIGN AND FIT OUT COMPANY ARE CURRENTLY DESIGN A NEW OFFICE FOR INTERNATIONAL RECRUITMENT COMPANY BRUNEL
Brunel are a global service provider with over 11,000 employees in 104 offices across 37 countries.
AIRSWIFT AN EXECUTIVE INTERNATIONAL RECRUITMENT COMPANY, OFFICE DESIGN AND FITOUT BY SELECT INTERIORS LTD MANCHESTER
Select Interiors space planning and fit out services plan layout for rationalisation of space for international recruitment company Airswift Technology Ltd
As existing plan for Airswift an executive international recruitment company with over 50 offices worldwide and 800 staff. Select Interiors have recently completed a full strip out of an under-utilised space to give back to Landlord Bruntwood Estates to generate some income. Select Interiors then refurbished another under-utilised wing to create space for 66 staff to include a second Boardroom and meeting room. Select Interiors re-used all the desks, storage, glazed screens and retractable concertina doors. The re-used screens were used to form new executive board and meeting room within the executive office space off reception.
Excerpt from Progress Report 2 which resulted in two e-mails from Managing Director’s PA and the Finance Director saying how pleased they were with progress and how polite and tidy the Select Interiors team were
Select Interiors have been invited to re-design the whole office after completion of the scheme above in which we used all the existing furniture, glazing and concertina doors from another wing of the building.
After image of new Boardroom with AV equipment, seamless glazing & manifestations
Above image is of a proposal to create an informal meeting & collaboration space which is currently unused
Above image is of a proposal to create an informal meeting & collaboration space, which is currently unused
The scheme is to transform the under-utilised space into a collaboration and informal meeting area to serve the 126 staff after a post 1st phase of contract meeting between the Managing Director, Finance Director and Carl & Umair Select Interiors were awarded further works to include the space above
Select Interiors presented their ergonomic design to encourage movement and a slight change of culture with the emphasis on staff wellbeing
The area is designed to encourage movement & collaboration by the introduction of the high table, and less formal meetings in the drop in coffee area with low level seating. The scheme incorporates new bespoke furniture, book case, coffee table, flooring, lighting and bespoke high table and chairs. Select Interiors have also won the re-design of the existing space to introduce some dynamism and colour to what is a fairly monochrome scheme. Works include re-upholstery of the office screens, graphics, colour palette on feature walls and reveals
The re-design model for a roll out of Office Fit Outs for QA Consulting Group, examples of this project illustrated above. The invite to tender for the re-design comes shortly after completing a project for them in Salford Quays see the link
This exciting project by this rapidly expanding company will be a design template for future office fit outs throughout the UK
NEW MANCHESTER OFFICE FOR THE EXPANDING RECRUITMENT COMPANY CALIBRE SEARCH, OFFICE DESIGN AND FITOUT BY SELECT INTERIORS LTD
This exciting project by this rapidly expanding company will be a design template for future office fit outs throughout the UK
A new Manchester office for expanding Recruitment Company Calibre Search Ltd. Select Interiors are designing and fitting out their new office, scope of works including; partitions, glazed seamless partitions, electrical, data, suspended ceilings, desks, pedestals, screens, flooring, decoration and graphics
SELECT INTERIORS ARE DESIGNING AN EXCITING NEW INTERACTIVE PLAY AND PRESENTATION SPACE FOR THE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY IN MANCHESTER
TIER CONSULT LTD STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS ON NEW WAKEFIELD ST OFFICE FITOUT AND DESIGN BY SELECT INTERIORS LTD
Bespoke workshop joinery and desking for Tier Consult Ltd Structural Engineers on New Wakefield St. Select Interiors are manufacturing and installing a bespoke large H shaped desk to bridge a difficult space, the joinery is in sprayed white ash with a thickened edge, 4 radial ends, a bridging piece and galvanised steel legs
Feedback from Directors since we have completed the projects was 100% positive and Tier have put us forward for a Restaurant fit out for an expanding chain
ELECTRICAL & MANAGEMENT WORKS BY SELECT INTERIORS LTD MANCHESTER FOR AN INDUSTRIAL WORKSHOP FOR EDM AIROSPACE
Electrical & Management works for an industrial workshop for EDM Airospace in their Newton Heath factory which is expanding, Select Interiors have been informed they are preferred for a complete electrical installation in there proposed new factory unit. Select Interiors Manchester office fitters have also just completed the design and installation of two executive offices, re-carpeting all the executive offices and the boardroom as well as extensive LED lighting to the main factory area
RE-DESIGN A CAFÉ FACILITY BY SELECT INTERIORS MTD AT CASTLEFIELD HOUSE MANCHESTER
A project in Castlefield House next to the Museum of Science & Industry (which has invited Select Interiors Ltd to re-design a café facility within the complex.) The works at Castlefield House for Allied London Estates and OBI Property include demolition, electrical, data, partitions, decoration and contract cleaning
CHINESE CHRISTIAN CHURCH DESIGN AND CONVERSION BY SELECT INTERIORS LTD MANCHESTER
Excerpts above from the presentation, Select Interiors have created a full walk through model so the Pastor & Committee can see virtually how the space will look. Works include full project management, submission of drawings to Building Control, ventilation, heating, electrical, lighting, data, partitions, retractable partitions, plumbing, IPS panelling, cubicles, kitchen, raised flooring, ceilings, acoustic glass and decoration
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