By Nick Conway, Director
ITC Concepts has been building great workspaces for our clients since 1992. Over the years, we’ve seen a number of trends come and go as businesses change their minds about what they want from their offices. But despite changing preferences when it comes to aesthetics or seating arrangements, there are some core elements that have stayed the same. These are things ITC aims to bring life in each and every commercial project we take on.
Colour and light
The right colour and lighting scheme can make a world of difference to your office. One of the simplest ways to enhance your environment, different colours and light levels have a number of psychological effects that can improve team performance. It’s the reason why many creative businesses have dimly-lit workspaces to help conjure creativity, compared to the bright white workspaces of law firms and professional services that require lots of analytical thought. Similarly, with colours, studies have shown that blue and green can enhance performance on tasks that require generating new ideas, whereas the colour red can help improve attention to detail. Getting the right lighting and colour scheme to suit the people who will be working in the space is therefore key.
Although the need has been amplified due to rental prices sky-rocketing over the last decade, it’s important to ensure companies get the most out of their space. However, this can’t come at the expense of trying to squeeze too much into one office, or compromising on design. A number of our projects seek to do more with less. This could mean stripping out redundant staircases, using partitions instead of fixed walls, or fitting smart storage systems. Optical illusions, such as mirrors, or getting creative with mezzanine levels can also help create the impression of a more spacious office area.
It may sound banal, but creating an easily navigable workspace is surprisingly difficult to master. Ensuring employees and visitors can get around the office without excessive detours can help improve productivity and enhance the ‘user experience’. As we start to see an increasing number of older buildings being transformed into vibrant, modern work spaces, navigation presents one of the greatest challenges. Narrow corridors and bulky furniture which block routes are often the first to go, replaced with spacious walkways, open-plan seating and clever internal lay-outs.
Despite the changes we’ve seen in construction over the years, the fundamentals of what makes a great workspace remain consistent no matter what. The above factors all contribute to productive and effective workspaces that impress clients and satisfy employees. Given that we spend most of our waking lives at work, I think we can agree that ensuring we create pleasant working environments is paramount.