When it comes to making design choices about your commercial interior fitout or refurbishment, there’s plenty you need to consider. For example, knowing how the space will be used allows you to communicate your needs to the design and construction team so they can create an interior that will stand the test of time for your organisation.
It’s also worth considering the following design challenges so you can put a plan in place to overcome them.
Accessibility is important because it ensures equitable access to your facility and spaces for all users. And it makes for a more welcoming and inclusive space, which in turn can foster a more welcoming and inclusive culture. While accessibility can be considered to be a design challenge, it’s also an exciting opportunity.
An obvious example of incorporating accessibility into your commercial fitout is the inclusion of lifts and ramps to facilitate ease of access and movement for wheelchair users. Accessibility can also mean using braille signs and other aides for those with visual impairments or carefully choosing lighting to cater to people with sensory sensitivities.
Smart technology is gaining an increasingly ubiquitous presence in the workplace – a trend that is only likely to continue.
Leveraging your design to make the most of smart technology in your commercial space will also help to attract employees who value working with technology – and who may be well placed to continue to innovate after they join your organisation.
Designing for smart technology is about incorporating existing smart technologies, such as smart boards, projectors, computers, etc. as appropriate, while also leaving space for future technologies. This may sound like a challenge. After all, how can you know what the future will hold? But one simple way to do this is to make sure that your space is wired with plenty of power points and USB ports, and that you have allowed for adequate internet infrastructure as well.
The health benefits of working in a space filled with natural light and plants are well established.
Designing to include these elements in your commercial fitout or refurbishment will create a healthier space for your employees. It can improve productivity and retention and even help to lower your power bill as you don’t need to use as much air conditioning or electrical lighting. Plus it can be a point of difference that helps to establish your business’s environmental credentials and attract customers with environmental values.
Depending on your building’s location and situation, incorporating natural elements in your commercial interior fitout can be a challenge. However, the benefits tend to outweigh the negatives, so this is certainly something worth incorporating in your fitout design.
Premis Solutions has years of experience working on commercial interior fitouts. You can see examples of our past projects in our interior fitout gallery here.
To learn more, or to discuss your next fitout project, contact Premis today.