Big Bill for Excess Office Space
The price of unneeded office space could be costing businesses ┬ú42 million each year according to a leading property specialist, with outdated measurements and changing working habits altering office space requirements.
Reported by The Independent property firm DeVono believes that part of this change comes from a 10-15% decrease in the average amount of work space required by each employee – falling from around 100 sq. ft. to an average of just 85 sq. ft.
Speaking to the new newspaper, DeVono director Adam Landau explained:
“For far too long, it has become widely practised and accepted that office space measurements should be based on this. But having consulted with architects, building designers and our experience from acting for office occupiers, office space should be calculated at no more than between 85 and 90 square feet per person.”
This lowering of office space requirements brings it closer to the average allocation used by flexible office providers such as those providing serviced offices ΓÇô which is widely accepted as delivering an average of 75 sq. ft. per workstation.
Commenting on the future shape and reasons behind this change, Mr Landau went on to explain that telecoms, media and technology based companies were leading the way, integrating collaborative work spaces and flexibility into their working environments.
“Telecoms, media and technology companies are largely leading the way for the future of how our offices will look, with breakout and brainstorming areas of increased social gathering leading to more collaborative work places ΓÇô often with recreational spaces.”
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