Updating and altering the office environment can be necessary for a number of reasons including changes in staffing / staffing levels, changes in business strategy and direction, changes in ownership / new premises, re-branding, or simply because it’s something that is long overdue, and has been planned for. The type and quality of working environment can have a big impact on for example, communications (helping or hindering), staff morale, staff comfort, business processes and their effectiveness, efficiency and energy costs. When an office environment for example is updated or improved the refurbishment work and its extent obviously relates closely to the specified needs of that particular organisation. There are however some popular services that office refurbishment companies provide, and this article looks at 3 of these.
It is often the case that the basic solid structure of the permanent walls and floors can’t be changed for a number of good reasons e.g. conditions of the office occupancy / ownership, safety, difficulty or potential inconvenience, cost etc. Most businesses need to make the most of the space that they have within those structures. Mezzanine Floors are essentially an extra floor (with stairs to it) between 2 floors which doesn’t extend completely across i.e. the Mezzanine Floor, and the real floor below it both share the same ceiling. This is obviously only practical where there is enough vertical space to allow it. These structures are sometimes semi-permanent. They are typically constructed of steel, aluminium and / or fibreglass and often have decking structure with a practical and aesthetic flooring covering on the top that is consistent with the floor covering on the real floors e.g. wood / wood pattern flooring. These areas create extra space than can be used for everything from staff work station areas to storage.
As the name suggests suspended ceilings are attached / suspended beneath the solid structure of the underside of the floor above i.e. the real solid ceiling area. In many office environments a framework is fitted into which is slotted many removable square tiles. The tile / solid material of the suspended ceiling is often made of mineral fibre or mineral wool. This is because these materials are relatively easy to work with and install, and they provide the right levels of acoustic insulation, and thermal insulation i.e. they can save energy costs over time. These materials also have a good level of fire resistance as well as being resistant to humidity and different temperature changes e.g. when heating systems are turned off and on – humidity can warp and damage other materials. Plaster board suspended ceilings can be sued where more versatility and a more seamless appearance is required. Metal ceilings can also be fitted for example where cleanliness and hygiene are of uppermost importance. Generally office suspended ceilings also provide an aesthetically pleasing surface which also reflects light well thus keeping energy costs down and making the environment easier to work in.
Installing office folding partition (like Mezzanine Floors) is another way to make the best use of the space within the actual solid structure of the building. Corridors, office, reception areas and meeting rooms can all be created using a variety of modern materials, finishes and colours. Glass, sliding and folding, and aluminium and steel framed partitions with varied panels and glazed areas can all be designed and installed to exactly fit the space, function and existing design schemes. Toughened 10 mm and 12mm glass partitions set into strong aluminium tracks with clear silicone or gaskets joints, and glass doors can be used to create practical, impressive looking and flexible spaces. Artistic films and manifestation films can be used to add a visually pleasing and a safety aspect to these partitioned areas. Although these partitions are fitted safely and solidly in place they are obviously more flexible and allow for more changes than e.g. sold brick / block walls.