Here are a number of questions we get asked frequently by customers about Office Refurbishment.
1. Do I have to comply with Local Authority Building Regulations?
Yes, all projects require a Full Plans application to be submitted to your local authority Building Control and any project must comply with Building Regulations 1991 (as amended).
2. I have heard the term 'Space Planning', what exactly does this involve?
Space Planning is a generic term for space utilisation and occupancy potential. With our AutoCAD Computer Aided Design application, we can plot a building footprint and produce drawings, showing internal offices to be constructed and all the individual members of staff and their desks.
3. What Health & Safety issues should be considered?
The local fire authority will be consulted as part of your Full Plans application. Together with Building Control and ourselves, the required fire escape signage, sounders, call points and smoke/heat detectors will be determined and specified. Routes of escape and hazards will also be identified and eliminated. Other considerations include compliant lighting and power, adequate ventilation and employee welfare facilities.
4. How do I choose the right partitions?
We will discuss your requirements and budget and specify the correct partitions.
If you have privacy needs, then 100mm solid partitions with an integral sound-reducing quilt in the void would be suitable.
You may wish to 'borrow light' and the inclusion of glazed partitions allows light to travel, avoiding dark, unfriendly working areas. Full height glazing with vinyl manifestation (design and images) provides impact for reception and customer facing areas.
We are able to offer advice and guidance, which is a key part of our service.
5. We would like to leave our existing office on a Friday and start working from new offices the following Monday. Can you project manage the relocation, refurbishment and equipping of the new offices?
First Office Systems offers an all-encompassing service. We can assist with the new office selection and provide space planning and design concepts. Our Schedule of Works could include all building works, furnishing and IT requirements, together with relocation over a weekend. Your business can operate seamlessly throughout the move.
6. We need ongoing facilities management, is this part of your service?
We can attend to all matters, from changing light bulbs to moving staff and furniture to suit revised occupancy. We provide network support as well as decoration and remedial works. Ongoing continuity of service from a reliable partner is assured.
7. Can you assist and offer advice concerning remedial works at our proposed new premises?
We can assist in the preparation of a Schedule of Works and suggest those that should be the responsibility of the landlord. We often complete these works on behalf of the landlord, or if the tenant incurs these costs, a rent-free period is usually negotiated.
8. Do our IT systems require a controlled environment?
Ideally, your IT systems should operate between 18º C and 28º C and humidity should be controlled. Unless your offices are air-conditioned, the correct solution is a Communications Room equipped with a small air conditioning cooling unit. We have constructed many Communications Rooms with demountable partitioning which provides flexibility of location at a modest cost.