At Cityspace, we know all about offices, and we also know that offices are all about people. So we create the right workspaces that help people collaborate, share knowledge, and maximise your productivity and growth.
Below you can find answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ) on our design consultancy.
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During this meeting we’ll consider factors like how many more people you need to fit in, restrictions on occupational density imposed by your fire officer or landlord, limitations on infrastructure, and the number of years left on your lease. From this conversation we can then come up with the most practical and cost efficient solutions for your particular circumstances.
These surveys provide vital ‘back to the floor’ information, from whether individual workstations are configured correctly, through to auditing if meeting spaces are working well for colleagues and for clients.
For clients with complex or multi-site offices, we work with specialist partners and have conducted workspace audits and staff questionnaires worldwide.
By a process of elimination, we can then arrive at a design consensus. This provide us with a clear brief to carry into the interior design process, to come up with a design for you that reflects your own personal tastes, your brand, and the look you want to portray to both your staff and clients.
To bring the concept together, our designers will work with you to select materials and finishes, using physical samples of carpeting, stone, wallpaper, desk and metal finishes, chair coverings, etc., that will all work together to portray your brand identity and the desired look and feel you want to convey.
We use SketchUp, which creates a 3D image of your office plans and an illustrative cut-through, like a dolls house view, so you can understand the size and structure of the office. You’ll also be able to see your chosen materials clad in colour, and at this stage we can also show you how different colour schemes look and work together.
Next, we can provide you photorealist 3D images, in which we clad your chosen finishes onto 3D wireframe drawing, giving you the closest possible realisation of how your new office will look.
Finally, we use 3D animations in which you are able to walk around your actual office and see the views from any angle.
In combination, these three techniques allow clients to intimately understand how their new design will look in real life, and how their new space will work for both their staff and their clients.
Our approach depends on the complexity of your business. For companies over 50 people, we can complete a full work style audit and organisational study, tailored to the limitations of your office, technology, culture and location. Smaller companies are unlikely to need a full work style study, and we can develop a bespoke plan by meeting your management team and discussing your requirements. If you’d like to discuss any aspects of workplace consultancy, please contact the Cityspace team.
Dilapidations are part of our surveyors’ job, working out the most economical way to meet your lease obligations and get sign-off from your landlord. It’s a combination of design and surveying, looking at the legalities of the office lease and the covenants therein and, from the designer’s point of view, deciding what materials to use to satisfy the obligations.
We find that most clients’ attention gets filled by planning the move to their new office, and we therefore can help them at every step of the process, from assessing dilapidations work to be done, completing the works, and getting sign off from the landlord. To do this, we can work collaboratively with both property agents and your own lawyers.
We can help you by reviewing how your workspaces are currently designed, exploring changes in line with your work culture and practices, and suggesting ways to improve your work space to increase efficiency and staff wellbeing. Often, simple changes can make a big difference, like simply ensuring your staff have everything they need for their role at their fingertips, determining the right configuration of formal and informal meeting spaces, and that people can login from wherever they are working in the office.
To find out more on how agile working could work for you, please contact the Cityspace team.
At Cityspace, we can help you recognise any restrictions relating to your own circumstances, and find solutions that are right for you.