We’ve used our experience and expertise in workplace design to create guidelines for setting up a successful working-from-home environment.

As workplace experts, we’re constantly discussing the accelerating rate of change in the world around us, and analysing its impact on workspace and work practices. In the last couple months (or weeks depending on your location), that change has reached fever pitch; governments are advising, and in some places enforcing, remote working policies across able segments of the population in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19.

“This is not how I envisioned the distributed work revolution taking hold,” wrote…


It’s almost impossible to get through a day without COVID-19, the new illness that can affect your lungs and airways, being mentioned.

The full-scale impact it will have on the UK is the source of much debate, but you can’t ignore the impact it is having on global markets.

In the immediate term, business leaders and managers are being confronted with some tough decisions around business continuity and changes to the norm. Some organisations are temporarily closing their offices as a precautionary or reactive measure — but the long-term effect this will have on traditional work practices could be profound…


There are many different types of business, let alone industries and working styles, that require different sized offices depending on the work they do: here are some key points to consider when determining the right amount of space for yours.

Start by taking a thorough look at what’s working and what isn’t in your current office environment. Once you’ve acknowledged the strengths and weaknesses of your workplace, you’ll be in an ideal position to start identifying opportunities for improvement.

A great fit out partner will be able to do this kind of workplace consultancy for you. They’ll take care of…


When it comes to refurbishing your office, you may have an idea of what you would like but are unsure of how much it could cost.

In truth, the price of an office refurbishment in London can vary depending on the different requirements of each project. What changes do you intend to make and how will this impact your business? This is a project that takes a considerable amount of preparation and planning to ensure there are minimal drawbacks for your business and that you get things right first time. With this in mind, have you considered the process of your refurbishment and how your budget will help you reach your target?


We’ve been designing and delivering legal premises for decades and are well versed in how to maximise the process of relocation, refurbishment or fit out. Here we discuss potential risks and control budgets to consider in the hope that you can benefit in your next project.

Design

Office design and ways of working evolve continuously and it can be a full-time job keeping pace with new ways to inspire, motivate and retain staff. Knowing what will work for your business stems from understanding how your teams work. Efficiency drives have led to more firms embracing hot desking and agile working.


When it’s time to decide on relocating to a new office or refurbishing your current workspace, you’re making an investment in the future of your business.

Here’s how you ensure you get the maximum return:

Step 1: Choose your internal project team

This is a big decision and it requires due care and attention. You need a strong but calm and reasoned project leader and a project team comprising all key departments. And a clear idea of your budget.

Step 2: Research

What works in your workplace and what doesn’t? What are your limitations and aspirations? What’s the long-term strategy…


After 254% commercial growth in 5 years, we’re designing and building our new workspace. The first thing we did when designing our next office, was leave work.

With workplaces promoting employee wellbeing and creativity now more than ever before, we sat down with Lorna Killick, head of people and workplaces, and Nic Pryke, creative director at Oktra, to talk about why getting outside our current office was the first step towards designing our new one.

“You can get very absorbed in the bubble of being in an office, and we take that to the next level because we’re designing offices…


Your office forms the heart of your business and what you do, and needs to support the daily demands from your industry. The sector that your company falls under will largely determine your working environment and office layout, and then your company’s unique personality will inform the space. We discuss insights into office design trends in the different sectors.

UNICEF reception area

Financial & Legal

Office design has evolved from the boxes and cubicles that characterised financial and legal firms in previous years. Open plan spaces have taken over, breaking down the proverbial walls that can divide different departments and create a hierarchy.


The coworking sector is thriving, and your space will need a comprehensive strategy to succeed. To make sure your design it stands out from the competition, you must offer your clients a dynamic facility that accommodates different types of professionals, whilst identifying your brand.

WeWork — Paddington coworking space

Space utilisation

Utilising the space strategically and efficiently is key in providing state-of-the-art working accommodation. The majority of your revenue is generated from desk rental, so it is important to achieve maximum density in the workspace whilst avoiding overcrowding

In London, a standard office has a ratio of about 8 square metres per employee. Most successful…

Oktra

As a dynamic team of designers, builders and strategists, we are driven by one goal: to create spaces that inspire people to do amazing things.

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