RhD's top ten budget busters

rhd refurbishment - RhD's top ten budget busters

RhD's top ten budget busters

  1. Use design & build
    Design & build has been proven to be the most cost effective way to carry out an office fitout. It not only saves money, but also saves time by allowing processes to overlap.

    Design and build is how RhD work with you, taking the entire responsibility for delivering the project on time and on budget.
  2. Have fewer meeting rooms
    Meeting rooms can be expensive for two reasons. They take up valuable and expensive floor-space, they also add to a fitout cost with additional partitioning, furniture and finishes. If budget is very important, a careful review of meeting habits and requirements can yield dramatic results.

    Many meetings don't need privacy and can benefit from being in an open and more informal environment.
  3. Go open plan
    Open plan offices are kind to budgets on many levels. They require less floor space than cellular offices. Less construction work is required. There is less expensive disruption to the building services (like air-conditioning). Finally, the cost of dilapidations when you leave will be considerably reduced.

    A well designed open plan office can be a calm and pleasant place to work and brings great benefits in teamwork.
  4. Save on services
    Where partitioning cannot be avoided, it makes sense to try to plan the offices to minimise disruption to the building services (heating, ventilation & air-conditioning). These are some of the most expensive parts of any fitout and money saved can be used effectively elsewhere.

    At RhD, we are very careful to note the positions of all services before we produce our designs, so we know that we are only doing work that we have to.
  5. Plan your storage
    A careful audit of your storage will ensure that floor-space is not wasted storing things you don't need. Also, using more efficient types of storage will recover even more valuable square-footage.

    Storage wall is a great solution; using the full height between floor and ceiling it is many times more efficient than conventional filing cabinets.
  6. Keep it flexible
    Offices often change and change can be expensive. So, we consider the 'lifetime' cost of furniture and partitioning when selecting which products are best for you. Some office desk systems can require many men and many expensive hours to move just a few workstations, while others can be moved with virtually no effort or time. Cheapest is not always most cost effective.

    RhD are actively involved with many clients, helping them look after their offices long after to initial project was finished, we are acutely aware of the effect making good choices at the outset.
  7. Save energy
    It sounds very obvious, but saving energy saves money. The easiest place to look is lighting. Daylight is free, so good use of as much as possible makes sense and it's good for your staff too. Making sure that lights are energy efficient and are only used when needed can make significant savings. Also heating and cooling can yield great energy savings and investments can be supported by government grants under the ECA scheme.
  8. Find a quality building
    The cheapest office building is not always the best. A lower cost building may well need more work before you move in and may well cost a lot more to run. Not to mention the extra time required between signing the lease and actually being able to occupy. Newer buildings are more likely to have efficient lighting, heating and cooling and will be much easier to adapt for the Disability Discrimination Act (if any additional work is needed at all).

    An early evaluation by RhD will help you identify where the costs will lie when choosing your new office.
  9. Occupy a single floor
    Occupying more than one floor carries with it costs of duplication and additional space required. Duplication in amenities, such as photo-copiers, printers, tea-points and even wc's. It is also likely that more meeting rooms will be required. More floors will usually mean more walkways, which use up valuable square-footage.

    Where possible, fitting your business onto a single floor makes sense on many levels.
  10. Use great furniture
    Careful selection of furniture is hugely important in using your budget wisely. Furniture makes up a significant part of any budget, so savings that can be made will count. But, it is also important to make sure that the 'lifetime' cost is considered in durability and ease of relocation for when changes are made.

    However, we do say "don't skimp on the seating" as everyone needs a good chair.