OPEN PLAN OFFICE DESIGN IDEAS

Browse our open plan office design ideas for inspiration for your next office space.

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ENHANCE PRODUCTIVITY AND FUNCTIONALITY.

IS AN OPEN-PLAN OFFICE PRODUCTIVE?

The Open Plan Office is still a key element in almost every office building in the UK. Despite the negative press that they often get, a well-designed open-plan office can be a great workplace. The key is to regard the open-plan office area as only one element of an overall design concept. To really get a productive and inspirational office space you need to think about the needs of the whole team.

HOW CAN YOU FIT THE MOST DESKS INTO A OFFICE SPACE?

Open plan office design is definitely the best way to fit in the most desks into a space. However this often results in cramped offices that are unpleasant to work in and also unhealthy. In addition if too many desks are crammed in it will affect staff morale and productivity. They can also create problems with high noise levels and distractions. The fact is, therefore, that an open plan office design is not ideal for staff who need to focus on detailed, complex tasks. It is also not ideal for those that require privacy such as HR or Finance teams.

Flexible working is gaining ground as organisations realise it’s positive impact. Particularly in the post Covid world staff are expecting to be able to work at home more. This does, however, help with productivity and employee job satisfaction as well as space efficiency. Invariably there is an open-plan office layout at the heart of any office design scheme. Ideally though, broken up and softened by including quiet working areas and breakout areas.

PROS AND CONS OF OPEN PLAN OFFICES

ADVANTAGES

  • More space efficient
  • Encourages collaboration
  • Better for group work
  • Helps build a fast-paced office

DISADVANTAGES

  • More difficult to concentrate
  • Worse for focussed individual work
  • Helps build a fast-paced office
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FURNITURE FOR OPEN-PLAN OFFICES

The desk system used in an open plan office design must have flexibility to take the ever-changing IT stuff. Ideally it needs to designed to enable desk sharing without too much disruption. The shape and size of the ideal workstation will also vary for each company. If you are not sure whether you need a bench desk system or maybe large core workstations then please call us.

TASK CHAIRS FOR OFFICE ENVIRONMENTS

‘Task seating’ is a generic term for well-designed swivel office chairs. We offer a large range of chairs that also have good ergonomics for staff health and well-being. We particularly recommend Herman Miller chairs for a great mix of comfort, reliability and value.

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OPEN PLAN OFFICE CASE STUDY

Take a look at this interesting OPEN PLAN OFFICE CASE STUDY for Oxford University Press. Although most of the office space is given over to desk positions the design was carefully thought through. As a result, the open-plan office space is broken up with informal meeting spaces and quiet working areas. The whole project was also carried out over one long weekend including new carpet and changes to power and data.

Some other interesting open plan office design case studies are

MEON in Portsmouth, Hampshire

SPORTPURSUIT in London

FDS in Whiteley, Hampshire