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Office Relocation Timeline: How long does an office move take?

Moving offices is one of the most important decisions a business can make. It affects every facet of the business – from staff and client perception through to long-term profitability. When there’s so much to consider on such a small timescale, the earlier you can begin considering the potential timetabling; the easier the move becomes….  

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Workplace Futures: 5 Questions to Ask Before Purchasing New Tech

The technological innovations achieved in the last few decades have formed a revolution in our profession and home lives and recently, it can feel like these disruptive advances are being introduced on a weekly basis. Although these new technologies offer a variety of solutions and services, they seem united by a singular intention: to increase…  

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Our 10 Favourite Pieces of Breakout Furniture

One area that’s becoming increasingly popular – both in offices and the furniture market – is the breakout space. Typically, this was an area to escape the prosaic activities of the workstation, but in recent years there’s been a move towards the ‘third space’ where workers can collaborate, hold meetings and touchdown for their daily…  

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How Much Office Space is Needed per Person?

When calculating how much space you need, there are several important factors to consider which will have an extensive impact on your business. Too much space will have residual effects on your profitability; too little space can limit performance, demoralise the staff and restrict your abilities to grow as a business. Sitting with an office…  

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Need Help Choosing a Commercial Property Agent?

  On the surface, it can seem that buying a commercial property is similar to a residential real estate investment. On finding the property (generally through an estate agent), an offer is made and if accepted, legal and due diligence is carried out before exchange and completion. However, finding a property that works for your…  

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6 Pieces of Office Tech You Can’t Live Without

We’ve all seen the meandering all-night queues outside Apple stores waiting for the release of the Next Big Thing, but there’s much more to gadgetry that having Siri finding the closest bar or the next bus home. We take a look at some of the must-have technology for the contemporary office that have a great…  

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How to Create an Irresistible Workspace

A better economy creates more opportunity for skilled employees… That means a higher staff turnover and shorter average tenure of employees staying put. So how can you make your employees fall in love with the office? What can you do to not only attract the best-of-the-best employees, but retain them so they are happy where they…  

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The Power of Colour in Office Design

Can an injection of colour power-up a workforce? Can colour inspire healthy minds and bodies? Absolutely… And we are not just talking about a lick of paint here or there. Colour psychology is a significant aspect of modern interior design. In essence, it is about creating a space which both reflects your business and values…  

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Can an Office Fit Out Motivate Your Staff?

As this fascinating report reveals, only one in three UK employees are highly motivated at work. A worrying statistic, to say the least… It certainly begs the question: what can be done to stem the tide?  Plus, can office design play a part in switching unproductive, disenchanted employees into engaged, highly motivated ones? We think…  

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Exciting Office Design Trends for 2016

The workplace landscape seems to be an ever changing one. What’s new on the horizon this year? What are the workplace trends that matter in 2016? At the cutting edge of office design lies innovation and intelligent thinking. Trends evolve over time… For them to turn into influential concepts, it’s critical to be mindful of…  

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Design Ideas for a More Productive Office

As you plan ahead for the New Year, now is a good opportunity to take stock of how your office has performed the past 12 months. Are your employees working at optimum level? Are staff happy and productive? Or could the office environment itself be killing productivity? Far fetched?  Not according to a recent survey…  

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Five Signs it is Time to Move Office

When you’re busy with the day to day, it’s easy to miss the clues that it’s time to relocate office. Because your staff is good at adapting to environments, you might not see there’s a problem unless you look closer. What are the tell-tale signs that your current office isn’t fit for purpose? Here are…  

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Humanscale Profile: Design Talk

Earlier in October, we went to Humanscale’s newly refurbished showroom for a chat with Tamsin Grosvenor, acting Marketing Manager for the UK, for a catch up on the latest from the pioneering ergonomic furniture manufacturer. Humanscale have gone from strength to strength in the last 10 years, releasing a wide array of tools and solutions…  

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How to banish end-of-year stress?

It is almost the end of the year which means company budget targets are looming, deadlines and year-end reviews are on the horizon and heaven forbid you get sick at this time of year. It goes without saying that employee stress levels are on the rise as the festive season draws near. In order to…  

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Moving Office? Beware These Hidden Costs

With any office relocation here in London it’s essential to do your homework before you up sticks. In the first instance, read your lease. As a legally binding contract, it makes sense to read the small print – carefully. Keep an eye out for the following hidden charges and costs you could encounter: 1. Service…  

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The Ultimate Office Move Checklist

That perfect workspace can be yours when you shortlist what you want from the start. Step-by-step planning is a sure-fire way to whittle down what really matters. Plus help you make sound decisions, and avoid costly errors later. Here’s a handy checklist featuring seven super steps to help you plan ahead: 1. Transport links It’s…  

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Office Trends: London Design Festival 2015

With London Design Festival just behind us, we take a look at 3 of the major developments that are changing the shape and contents of the workplace. 1. Mass Customisation The entrepreneurial surge in tech startups, SMEs and micro-businesses has changed the way many new companies look at their real estate requirements. Project teams are…  

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Is Your Office Culture King?

The global giant Google is the undisputed king of innovative office design. It’s not just about looks, either. The epitome of Google’s success is that it knows how to keep staff happy. This is certainly true given its new American headquarters under construction. Truly ground breaking… What’s the secret of creating an office culture which…  

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How to Choose the Right Fit-Out Company

For well over two decades, we’ve seen what the best fit-out partners look like – and the worst. Let’s face it, choosing the right team for your office refurbishment is instrumental to its success. Aside from guiding you through every step of the way, your fit out specialist must also ensure the project completes on…  

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Out with the old, in with the new?

The world of office design is ever-changing… With evolving technology, new trends and attitudes to the office environment, businesses don’t want to be left behind. London, of course, is a global city. With office development on the rise, investment in Crossrail and residential redevelopment, London is once again at the forefront of commerce. That’s why…  

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Is it time for an office innovation?

How would you define an office refurbishment? Is it simply about rearranging the furniture, updating old IT systems, or giving the office a lick of paint? Not these days. In truth, an office refurbishment is taking on a new shape. Rather than simply updating what’s obsolete, London companies use a commercial fit out as an…  

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Who wants a multitasking office?

Nowadays, a commercial office must tick several boxes to keep everyone happy. In essence, it needs to be a brilliant multitasker! Creating a diverse, versatile environment is no mean feat. Yet with creative thinking, this challenge makes office refurbishment an exciting arena… The goal is to create an intelligent infrastructure to enable staff to work…  

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Is standing the new sitting?

Office design is constantly evolving. It literally never stands still… New research and technologies offer us fascinating new perspectives in interior design. In today’s office design landscape, employee wellbeing is a crucial consideration. The impact of design on people’s health is something that is without question changing commercial fit outs… Sedentary lifestyles have long been…  

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Has workplace culture overtaken branding?

For many companies in the past, branded stationery, a logo (perhaps) emblazoned in the carpet, or company colours splashed across the office was a fast way to create a recognisable brand. What’s fascinating, however, is how contemporary office design is steering a new age in brand identity. The focus today is to create a design…  

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Is your office fit for purpose?

A commercial office has to have it all to be a successful workspace these days… It must be functional, practical, efficient – plus inspiring and relaxing. On top of this tick-list, it needs to be the face of your business too. So the question you could ask yourself now is whether your office ticks all…  

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How Long Does an Office Fit-Out Take?

Time is always of the essence when it comes to an office fit out. First there’s the issue of office space availability. Vacant commercial space in Central London has fallen by 20% in the last 12 months – putting even more pressure on companies to secure suitable offices. Plus, with commercial space in the City…  

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How Much Does an Office Fit-Out Cost?

  Now there’s a question! And an important one too… As ever, though, it’s difficult to pluck a ballpark figure from thin air since office fit-outs are so diverse. Office size, structural elements, space usage, finish quality, furniture choice, technology and building location impact on cost – making it impossible to hazard a guess. That…  

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What are Your Office Etiquette Pet Peeves?

  Office etiquette rules! Yet when bad design, bad manners and inconsiderate behaviour break all those rules, life in the office can turn into a nightmare! Usually, when small irritations build up into major grievances over time, it can stop others from getting on with their job. That’s when it’s time to do something positive….  

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How Much Office Space Do I Need?

    As one of the most-often-asked questions here at Strategy Hat, you’d expect a definitive answer, wouldn’t you? The truth is every company or organisation is different. Every business has different needs to the next. That said, instead of stabbing in the dark guessing how much sq/ft you need, why not plan it out…  

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Can an Office Refurbishment be Built to Last?

  An office fit-out seems on the surface to be a costly outlay for any business. However, by choosing the right design, it can be a lucrative investment – leading to business growth. Of course, there’s a lot to weigh up. How long could an office refurbishment realistically last? Can tradition blend with contemporary elements…  

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How to Cut Down on Office Noise

  Sound affects us profoundly. It travels, permeating space – reverberating off of every surface. As an irrepressible presence in a room which can never be switched off, it can lead office workers to distraction. Irritating office distractions can impact on productivity levels – with constant office noise leading to frustration, stress and eventually absenteeism….  

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Can Your Office Design Retain Top Talent?

  Just how important is your office design in both attracting skilled staff and retaining them? Essential! Losing key personnel is an ongoing problem in business. That’s why it matters that companies meticulously plan their office fit-out or refurbishment with staff in mind. What drivers, then, are at work when it comes to attracting and…  

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Planning Your Office Space? Five Key Questions…

In all the years we’ve spent at the coalface of London office design, five key questions keep popping up. When it comes to space planning, in particular, some fundamentals can’t be overlooked. If you are a regular Strategy Hat blog reader, you’ll know we often mention planning. It really is the cornerstone of any great…  

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What Does Contemporary Office Design Look Like?

Social Media giant Facebook recently moved into its brand new offices in California. And what a space it is!  Though it’s the largest open plan office on the planet, it’s a down-to-earth workplace where people can connect. Mark Zuckerberg remarked how he wanted to create a ‘sense of community and connection among our teams.’ Plus,…  

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How Important is Technology to Office Design?

IT is advancing at a rattling pace these days… The scenario of staff chained to dedicated desks with immovable computers is also changing. We’d be so bold as to say that a digital revolution is happening across office interiors… Consequently, IT is no longer an afterthought. How we work is now just as important as…  

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7 Golden Rules of an Office Fit-Out

Are you embarking on an interior fit-out this year or next? If so, it can be all too easy to lose sight of the bigger picture when immersed in nitty-gritty detail. Whether you’re relocating to a new London location or refurbishing the workspace you have now, see your fit-out as an investment in your business…  

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What’s on Your Office Relocation Checklist?

A London office move can be a daunting journey fraught with pitfalls along the way – if you’re not careful. From the initial planning to moving-in day, there’s a bundle of essential decisions you need to get right from the start. Opportunity and risk sit side by side in an office relocation. However, by planning…  

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Is Brand Identity Essential to Office Design?

Make no mistake. Google’s new London headquarters set to open in 2016 will once again set the company apart. Its worldwide offices are synonymous with pure theatre. Usually based on a theme, a Google office is awash with zany designs, bright fixtures and fittings, and the highest-spec tailoring. The aim? To create vibrant, buzzing workspaces…  

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What’s the Difference Between a Category A and B Fit-Out?

The Construction and Property industry’s are full of jargon. Sometimes it can be hard to see the wood for the trees. To keep things simple, here’s an explanation of what a typical Category A and B fit-out means for you. Category A fit-outs – usually carried out for developers and landlords – turn the rented…  

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Two Essentials for Your Category B Fit-Out

In every commercial relocation or refurbishment, an office comes to life at the Category B fit-out stage. It’s when the blank canvas gets an injection of style, personality and branding. With infinite options at your fingertips, the final look and feel of an office interior can be utterly bespoke, unique to you. As ever, the…  

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Bring the Outside In With Your Office Design

According to national statistics, the average employee spends at least 40 hours per week in the office. Little wonder that staff sometimes feeling so cooped up in an artificial environment can succumb to stress. To combat this, an interesting shift in office design is evolving. Businesses are investing more time into designing a stimulating office…  

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Office Design Ideas to Get Business Buzzing

Just how important is your working environment? Is yours making or breaking your business? Think about it… We spend our lives in the office. That’s why it matters to create the right working environment – one that inspires staff morale and increases productivity. The world of office interiors is certainly a dynamic place. It’s ever…  

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What’s the Art to Moving Office? Timing!

How do you relocate your office without your plans falling apart? Without doubt – in any relocation project – it’s never too early to consider timescales. In fact, it’s a pre-requisite! Moving office smoothly doesn’t happen by accident or guesswork. It needs meticulous planning to reduce disruption to your business, and keep downtime to a minimum….  

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3 Must-Ask Office Space Questions

  Just how important is office space? If you are considering relocating your London office, space planning must be in your top 10 essentials list. Without question… When it comes to office space, one size does not fit all! In this age of open-plan offices where cellular workspaces are in decline, it’s more important than…  

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What’s Driving Your Office Relocation?

Is there ever a right time to relocate? If you’ve considered moving office in the last few months, you’ll know that it’s not an easy decision by any means. Aside from the physical upheaval, there are plenty of other considerations at hand. Deciding exactly why you want to move is an essential element at the…  

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3 Business Benefits of an Office Relocation

In modern office design, space isn’t a luxury commodity; it’s an essential. How you work in that space has a direct impact on what you do, and how productive you are. Fact. That said, ‘now’ is only part of the story. What about the future? Is it time to: Reassess how your company operates now,…  

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Office Interior Design Ideas Fit for 2015

Office Interior Design Ideas Fit for 2015 Office design is evolving. There is little doubt that the recent trend away from purely functional offices to engaging, stimulating workplaces is set to continue in 2015 and beyond. Which design ideas are likely to shape office fit out projects in the future? Here are our predictions: The…  

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Does Your Office Environment Meet the Needs of a 2015 Workforce?

Bond is back! With filming on the latest Bond movie – Spectre – starting early next year, fans of the iconic British spy eagerly await the unveiling of 007’s high-tech gadgetry.  Not to mention the classic Aston Martins, awash with inimitable style and ingenious design. And, of course, a Bond movie wouldn’t be complete without…  

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Does Your Office Space Reflect Your Business?

Without doubt, your office is the public face of your company. After all, first impressions count. What does yours say about you? Does it reflect your company’s focus? Does it communicate company values? Does it mirror your brand? Within seconds, a potential client will size up your company based on several factors. How you initially…  

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Office Design to Infinity & Beyond!

  Albert Einstein may have been a source of cutting edge scientific breakthroughs but his office happened to be a complete mess! Fast forward to 2008 and Steve Jobs as an innovator of more recent times also seemed to find his inspiration amongst the debris of half empty coffee cups, discarded paperwork and piles of…  

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Relocating Office? Careless Plans Cost £££’s

The current office rental market can be noted for both it’s lack of available space and for a return to pre-crash rental costs, most notably for office space in the West End and City of London. These factors can pile the pressure on if you’re in need of a new home for your business and…  

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Office Design & Relocation ? Answers to the Top 3 Questions

  Strategy Hat are a team of workplace experts formed to walk clients through what is the complex, costly and often risky journey of locating, designing and fitting out a new office space. Why Strategy Hat? We provide information, guidance and specialist supplier referrals to end user clients looking to relocate their office accommodation. Our…  

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Workplace Consultancy – K.I.S.S.

Workplace Consultancy, Workplace Strategy or Workplace Optimisation, call it what you will, it’s the new big thing changing the way the office interiors industry engages with its client base. The change is definitely coming it’s just the speed of transition that is up for debate. New Ways of Working Remote working, removal of cellular offices,…  

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The Office Design & Build Premier League

  As a new Premier League football season begins with Manchester City set to do battle with Chelsea and a handful of contenders for the coveted title , my thoughts turn to the players and the team that enable success in this most competitive of arenas. The A – Team There are the A team…  

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