RCL Foods: How office design and layout affects staff productivity
A well-considered office design can boost staff productivity. These days, most corporates need collaborative work environments. That’s why we need to design spaces for various tasks at a series of workstations. Collaborative spaces, meeting rooms and break out areas are all essential. These areas can take various shapes and forms depending on the frequency of use for each situation.
How we facilitated 650 people’s needs with an efficient office design
Interior design facilitates the way we live our lives. The layout of an office environment dictates our ability to collaborate with other staff members and clients. To share ideas, communicate and use our resources to their best potential. That is why it is vital to get an interior designer on board from the outset of any corporate project. Your requirements should dictate the space plan, not the other way around.
RCL foods is a multi-level building housing 650 employees in their various business divisions, in a 12 000 sqm space. A well-designed office layout is essential for a large corporate such as RCL Foods. The space should assist with smooth workflow and attract and retain staff. We were tasked with a very specific brief by the project team. We had to create a work environment that fosters collaboration and connectivity in a truly African building.
There were many project team meetings to resolve a space planning solution to encourage collaboration amongst staff. We settled on an activities-based work solution. We designed areas to accommodate the various activities that staff encounter during their workday. Gone are the days where employees sit at a desk for 8 hours a day. Some of the spaces we designed in this project include:
- quick 5-minute meetings
- boardroom sessions
- private phone
- a quiet area to complete focus work
- a cafe to eat and work through a document if required, or just sit and have a coffee break.
Office design within the structure
The office design process was a fantastic collaboration between the interior designers, novospace, and the architects, Elphick Proome. The building accommodates 650 staff over four floors. The floor plates are dissected with a striking quadruple volume fully-glazed atrium. Connecting the four floors is a steel and timber staircase and a series of interconnecting bridges. The bridges are vital in facilitating and encouraging interaction amongst the staff. The materials are honest. Polished concrete, raw steel, exposed brickwork and exposed concrete soffits. We gave careful consideration to areas that required acoustic comfort. We achieved this by using acoustic panels in brightly coloured fabrics suspended from the concrete soffit above. We punctured the bridges with meeting pods, or for someone to enjoy a quiet cup of coffee taking in the buzz of the atrium’s activity.
Productivity and comfort balanced through considered office design
The end result is a highly functional space that is aesthetically pleasing to staff and guests alike. The trend in the work environment is to have a space that is hotel-like. Contemporary office designs perform a function without neglecting comfort.
Staff place a high value on their work environment, so, it is imperative to achieve the best office layout possible. novospace can assist in this regard. From large corporate offices to smaller businesses. We assist anyone looking for a functional workspace without sacrificing comfort and aesthetics. Are you ready to share, grow, and collaborate with your team? Take the first step today, get in touch with novospace.
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