A space that requires minimal maintenance
All workspaces require maintenance, some considerably more than others. A building which constantly raises new problems and issues can be incredibly disruptive and costly over time.
• Be vigilant about checking the condition of the building. Older properties have character but can bring with them issues regarding heating, technology installation and maintenance.
• Get a thorough survey done so you can assess not just the structural integrity of the building but also the quality of the electrics, heating, air conditioning and plumbing.
A space that caters for your staff’s day-to-day needs
Staff will be more focused on the important tasks at hand if they don’t have to worry about small, time consuming day-to-day issues (like where to safely store their bike or grab a quick coffee).
• Look for parking and bicycle storage facilities on site or nearby.
• A café area can be great for informal meetings and brainstorms. Will you provide staff with hot and cold food on site? If so, you’ll need to check whether canteen facilities are available or if there’s room to incorporate them.
• If a significant number of staff will be cycling to work or attending corporate functions after hours, shower and changing facilities could be invaluable.
A space that’s well connected and ready to evolve
You want to be 100% confident that you’ll be online and raring to go the moment you set foot in the office.
• Check that you’re located close to an exchange as this can dramatically affect Internet connectivity speeds. Will you be using a fibre optic network for blistering fast access? Is available in your area?
• Assess where wiring and cabling should be placed. Ideally flooring will be on a raised level so that you can safely place any cabling hidden away underfoot. This also makes it considerably easier to make upgrades in the future.
• Make sure you will you be able to power your heavy-duty tech and whether this can this be backed up by a reserve supply in case of emergency.