In this blog, we take a look at how the pandemic is impacting office design considerations here in Australia – and provide suggestions of what to keep in mind when redesigning a workplace, or creating a new one.
COVID-19 has accelerated workplace changes, some which have been bubbling away in the background for years.
Some of the most notable include:
- Flexible working arrangements and workplaces,
- Increased focus on sustainable construction, and
- More hygienic working environments.
Below we delve into these changes and how Bris Aluminium’s ISO-9001 quality assured aluminium partitioning systems, windows and door frames, along with automated cavity sliders can be used in the post-pandemic office environment.
Office Layout Considerations
The pandemic has been disruptive, and it has impacted each of us differently.
One central theme that has emerged is individuals evaluating where and how they work best – and what serves their lifestyle.
While for businesses, what a safe workplace of the future looks like and ensuring cost-effective solutions, rank highly.
Here are some of the top office layout considerations that we see impacting local Australia businesses and how our Bris Aluminium product solutions can help.
Contactless technology, in particular office entryways, is here to stay.
Our flagship sliding solution – the cavity door slider – can be designed to open automatically with the inclusion of remote technology like Kintrol.
This not only reduces points of contact, but it also makes it easier for people with limited mobility to access and move easily around your office premises.
Read all about our cavity door slider here.
You may also wish to reduce touch points in other high traffic areas such as bathrooms and kitchen entrances. In recent years many shopping centres have moved to create bathroom entries without doors, and we expect to see workplaces apply some of these learnings.
Some of our partitioning solutions are purpose built for areas where tiling will be applied to walls, so this may be a consideration for your next fit out or office design.
Many of us spend A LOT of our lives at work or working. That’s why some designs are focusing more on hybrid workplaces where the layout is a bit more homely and comfortable.
For some industries, employers will continue to offer more flexible working arrangements and have lower headcount working from HQ. These office designs and layouts may accommodate greater numbers of hot desks or collaboration areas.
On the flipside, the pandemic has put airborne diseases and hygiene in the spotlight.
This has led some companies to redesign layouts to help reduce the spread of illness with more dedicated office spaces as opposed to an open plan configuration.
If you’d prefer more physical separation within your office space, our partitioning solutions are ideal.
No matter what kind of layout your workplace has, acoustic comfort is and will remain incredibly important in the future.
While some people work well with distractions, noise can be very detrimental to productivity for other employees.
(Not to mention, some workers who’ve been working from home are now used to a more peaceful or private working environment, unless they’ve been homeschooling children!)
At Bris Aluminium, we have designed our premium partitioning systems with acoustics in mind and are proud to say that one of the biggest advantages of our supreme systems is the high level of acoustical privacy it offers.
Learn more here.
The significant decline in travel due to the pandemic has undoubtedly had positive impacts on the environment and thrust sustainability into people’s minds.
When it comes to office designs, it’s important to think about a layout that will be viable for many years.
If the design needs to change for some reason, it’s vital to use products that are demountable and reusable – just like the adaptable partition systems we fabricate at Bris Aluminium.
Read more about benefits of office partitioning systems in our blog here.
Office Design Considerations Australia
If you’d like to discuss your office design with our team of aluminium partitioning experts, please reach out to us today on 1300 274 407.
Bris Aluminium is a locally owned and operated company which supplies Australia’s best aluminium partitions, door frames and windows. You can easily shop our product range online.
Our high-quality products are affordable, great value for money and customisable. We can help with superior office fit outs for a variety of businesses and can assist with a range of residential space-saving solutions as well. To make things easier, detailed design drawings are also available online for every product we stock.
Bris Aluminium’s quality assured certified products have a high level of adaptability and meet Australian standards including access requirements relating to disabilities.