Creating the perfect office fit out space

With autumn and winter approaching and many more employees returning to the workplace, it’s a good time to think about creating the perfect office fit out space for the seasons ahead.

It’s impossible to ignore the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, but that doesn’t mean it has to dominate every design decision you make – in fact there are ways to create a COVID-secure workplace using methods and materials that are already on-trend.

Here are some ideas to keep in mind when preparing offices for autumn, especially while keeping Coronavirus workplace precautions in mind.

Transition areas

For the perfect office fit out, it’s sensible to have a transition zone where staff can take off outerwear when they arrive at work.

This doesn’t have to be a large area, but just a space fitted out with coat racks, umbrella stands and so on.

Remember to give people plenty of distance in this area, and have a one-way system in place if necessary, so employees can maintain social distancing at busy times throughout the day.

COVID-19 hygiene stations

Your transition area should include any necessary COVID-secure workplace hygiene precautions, such as:

  • Alcohol hand gel
  • Hand-washing facilities
  • Secure bins for disposable face masks

Consider your local authority or regulatory obligations, as well as what your workforce needs to be safe and secure at work – often some simple additions like wall-mounted hand gel dispensers can make a big difference.

HVAC systems

Don’t neglect your HVAC systems, as we’re coming into the time of year when heating, ventilation and air conditioning will all be in demand.

Make sure your air conditioning filters are cleaned or replaced. There’s not much research about COVID-19 yet but the virus is of a size that should be captured by HEPA filters, around 125 nanometres.

Natural ventilation also helps to disperse the virus to a safe level, to reduce this consider making more use of open windows than you normally would at this time of year.

Seasonal lighting

Workplaces need a minimum level of illumination, but it doesn’t have to come from harsh overhead lighting.

Dimmable task lighting is ideal for autumn-winter, when some staff might be working out of daylight hours, and you can add decorative lighting in the run-up to Christmas too.

Again, give your employees what they need – with a mix of bright lighting when it’s required, and softer individual desk lights for those who prefer them.

On-trend for autumn

If you’re updating some of the smaller fixtures and fittings around your office, consider using copper for an on-trend aesthetic.

Copper has seen huge popularity in recent years and adds subtle colour to workplace interiors, different to the usual mix of black, white and silver metals.

Significantly for autumn-winter 2020, research suggests Coronavirus cells die within a few hours on copper, making it a good choice for fixtures that are used frequently such as door handles and light switches.

Need a new office fit out in time for the winter period? Call the experts at hebs Group today on 0151 236 0707 or send us an email at info@hebs-group.co.uk and we’ll create the perfect office fit out that’s right for you.

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