Offices of the future to alter current designs

Permanent desk spaces may be a thing of the past, and with firms re-evaluating office needs for the future, flexible work-spaces can be key to future work practices.

Due to flexi-hours, job sharing, hot-desking and even tele-commuting, fewer employees will need permanent desk space to perform their jobs.

All of this has an effect on office developments and work-space design.  A study released by London-based commercial property firm Devono revealed flexible working habits have altered the amount of space businesses need to provide per employee and still maintain their effectiveness.

According to the British Council for Offices (BCO) which is a recognised industry standard in Europe, when calculating office space requirements, its ‘Guide to Specification’ recommends 10 sqm as the average benchmark for office workplace density.

However with the introduction of flexible working habits, firms could allocate a smaller amount of space, according to Devono, which could provide for an immediate cost saving for companies.

Andrew Jackson, SAS international director said, “By making less space work harder and smarter, companies will benefit from the significant cost savings and increased productivity of their workforce.”

He added: “This is the future of space fit-outs and SAS ensures solutions, such as relocatable partitioning, that provide for the long-term and offer the flexibility that new employment practices will require.”

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