London’s office space is becoming increasingly limited. Instead of building outwards, we’re now having to build upwards in a bit to save space. Therefore, finding the correct and adequate space for your business in London isn’t as straightforward as simply looking online, viewing a building and putting in an offer. Fortunately, there are a few tips and tricks to office hunting in London, or any other busy city. These tips can make it considerably easier when not just finding a decent office space, but moving there once you have.
The trick to finding office space in London is to stop looking exclusively at office blocks. These can be overpriced, which in London is a lot of money, and limited. Instead, start looking above commercial spaces. The space above shops is often left unoccupied or used as storage for the shop below. Therefore, it’s often cheaper and larger than the kind of offices you find in a ready-made block. In addition, the owner of the building is likely to prefer having the space occupied and paid for, than just sitting there unused. Therefore, with careful negotiations, you should be able to get a good deal.
They can also be more versatile, as no one else occupies that area, and you can be more adventurous with your office design. Of course, unless you have a large budget, the space itself depends on what you can afford. However, you’re far more likely to get more for your money if you look at the space above commercial businesses.
Space saving ideas
Unless you have a substantial budget, it’s likely that in London you won’t be able to get a huge space. However, having an airy, spacious working environment is vital to a pleasant working atmosphere and work productivity. Therefore, you need to look at how you’re going to make space when you have very little. Of course, you need to include the vital bits of furniture like desks, chairs and computers but the difference is how items are stored. Getting chairs that will neatly tuck underneath desks while the employees are moving around, shelves and draws which pull out and are tidily hidden away after use will also save space. In addition, keeping the office generally free of clutter should also prevent unnecessary mess.
Another way to save space is office design. If your budget allows, book a office designer who is aware of the lack of space and can design you an office which utilises the space you do have efficiently. For example, having large windows will let in more light and make the space appear larger; the same can be said of using light colours rather than dark ones. Another example is using computer screens on a swinging arm so they can be folded back when employees need more desk room, thus allowing computer desks to double up as regular work desks.
Ask them to draw a floor plan before the office moving date in order to provide the office removal company with a plan of where they can put the furniture.
When moving office, it’s only sensible that you use an office removals company. Unlike movers who come from out of town, a removals service will know the busy roads, will be able to locate your new building easily and will know where and when to park. A specific office removal service will also be used to carrying heavy items up stairs and will have methods and equipment to help do this. With the help of a floor plan, they’ll also be able to negotiate a plan of action before moving so that the day runs smoothly.