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The British Council for Offices (BCO) carried out an Occupier Density Case Study in September 2013, in which it estimated that about half of the UK’s 30 million workers worked in offices, most of them dedicated to commercial ventures. It also estimated that rent and rates represented about 60% of occupancy costs and that “if demand for space can be managed downwards, then significant savings can be made.”
Effective office space planning is key to making business occupancy as cost effective as possible. At the same time designing an office space involves creating a working environment that promotes productivity, motivates the workforce and does credit to the business concerned.
The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) describes the legal requirements on space planning in its guidance titled How much space am I entitled to at work? citing a formula that: “The total volume of the room, when empty, divided by the number of people normally working in it should be at least 11 cubic metres.” The HSE also maintains that: “The figure of 11 cubic metres per person is a minimum and may be insufficient if, for example, much of the room is taken up by furniture etc.”
The useful BCO Occupier Density Case Study highlights a range of changing dynamics in modern offices that Glenside fully recognises when designing an office space. These include:
The study also highlights particular requirements for large space planning, observing that: “This subset of demand is typified by large occupiers of (often) central London buildings, who have specific demands in terms of trading floors and other high-use areas within buildings.”
Glenside has many years of space planning experience in commercial and industrial working environments of every size and type. Contact us to discover how we find a solution when designing an office space for your business that maximises the effective use of the available area in your premises creatively, practically and economically.