Fall back in love with your office

13 February 2015. Features.

That re-location means re-motivation. But, over the last few years as Design Director at Peldon Rose, I’ve found that to be more of a pipedream.

Several years ago, developers stopped developing properties. Now, as things start to pick up again, it’s still slim pickings for genuinely good property whilst supply catches up with demand. And whatever is available often comes at a premium. 

Clearly, finding a new office location is much easier said than done.

So, what are the options?

Thankfully, hard times are often the catalyst for heightened creativity. For the first time in ten years, refurbishment rather than relocation is becoming the choice of many.

Refurbish to rejuvenate

Let me be clear. When I say ‘refurbishment’, I don’t mean a lick of paint and new desk lamps. As I explained last month, when I wrote about workplace consultancy, it’s much more about thinking ahead, looking at your business plan and understanding how to create a sense of the future that fits your company.

So even though you’re staying in the same place, a refurbishment is the opportunity to think about where you want to be in three, five or ten years, what kind of talent you want to attract and how you can bring out the best in your people.

It’s the chance to open yourselves up to alternative workspaces. Do away with traditional office environments and embrace new ways of working that encourage collaboration and integration.

For example, allowing staff to work from a range of locations – breakout spaces, coffee points, airport-lounge-style zones – gives them the flexibility to select the environment which suits them best and form new ideas with a wide cross section of colleagues. Purely by virtue of increased interaction, your people are more productive.

It also gives you the flexibility of accommodating transient staff and fitting more people into the same space as you don’t have to provide a desk for everyone.

True, it might not be right for everyone. Our more traditional clients often need something more fixed. But my experience has shown it’s certainly worth exploring the options as one option does not necessarily fit all.

Portability creates flexibility

With the increase in refurbishments, there’s also been an increase in shorter, more mobile leases. We’re entering a more transient marketplace, where short-term commitments are favored over long-term shackles. Understandably so.

Alternative workspaces are ideal for this transience. They’re largely furniture-based interiors, making it easier to move if and when the time is finally right. What’s more, they sit better on balance sheets and are allowable against capital expenditure (as ever, I’m thinking about the accountant too).  Such as the work we have carried out for MoneySupermarket.com.

So if you think you’re in need of a complete change of scenery, think again. Refurbishments could be the way to save money without taking the drastic step of relocating. And you might just find yourself newly enamored with your old, but transformed, familiar location. 


This article was written by Steve Taylor, Project Director at Peldon Rose. Want to know more? Please contact us at hello@peldonrose.com

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