Balancing an open yet quiet office fitout

Modern office fitouts have shifted from staff being hidden away in private offices and cubicles, to open plan layouts. This contemporary environment increases impromptu interactions, increases collaboration and improves employee relationships and team culture. Not to mention it also lessens the financial burden of construction during the design fit out process. However employees still require quiet office areas that minimise noise, distraction and disruption. This can be hard to come by in contemporary design fit outs. Add walls using furniture Furniture pieces like the Australian made wing lounge are ideal in balancing an open plan, inviting layout with quiet zones. […]

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How to get your new office fitout over the line with management

The new office fitout can be a hard sell to management. Hey we need money to put towards the space we live and breathe in Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm. Yes it’s going to cost a bit and no commerical and office fitouts aren’t just for aesthetics. Here are some of the benefits of a good space: Office fitouts boost productivity No surprise these days that employee morale is important. A good office environment dictates work ethic, efficiency and morale (whether that’s commercial fitouts, office fitouts, dental clinics, medical clinics or your work from home station). Productivity increases by 20% in […]

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How to use partitions in an open plan office

Partitions have been a mainstay of office design since the rise of office fitouts. Creating individually compartmentalised workspaces has proven fruitful in creating a culture of success and efficiency in the workplace. However, as offices and businesses have continued to become more agile – and communication-focused – partitions have virtually disappeared in the modern open plan office. This is good for when open communication is required, but can hinder the efficiency and quality of the individual work produced in a workspace. Finding a workplace partition that effectively balances these two sides of the coin is the ultimate ideal in a […]

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How to make good at the end of a lease

One of the most overlooked pieces of the leasing puzzle is the “make good”. It’s a standard clause included in most commercial leases requiring tenants to return a property to its original state. It’s important to leave a few weeks, or even a month or so, to consider your property’s make good, as it may involve some renovation and construction. So how do you know what your obliged to do, and when is the right time to call an office fitout specialist? We explore this below: Check your lease agreement You’ll often find the make good clauses to be vague […]

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5 reasons why your patients should be at the heart of your dental clinic fit out

Patients know what they want and how they want things done. It’s important to ensure communication is at the key of all dental clinic fit outs. Here are 5 reasons why you should always bring your office fit out decisions back to your client: Your space should reflect their purpose and needs The client knows best. They know exactly what they want and how they want to be treated. Positioning them at the heart of your office fit out is important if you’re looking to retain or grow your client base. Reflecting the needs and values of the clinic are […]

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How are you prioritising air quality in your office design?

How are you prioritising air quality in your office design or office fitout? Air quality is crucial to our health, yet in recent years, comparative risk studies performed by the US EPA have consistently ranked indoor air pollution among the top five environmental risks to public health. In Australia, poor indoor air quality can result in significant adverse impacts on our health and environment and these impacts carry a significant cost burden to the economy. The CSIRO estimates that the cost of poor indoor air quality in Australia may be as high as $12 billion per year. Given how much […]

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Does your office design reflect your company values?

Here at Urban Group we are seeing organisations of all sizes beginning to understand the importance of culture and as an extension, the employee experience or their workplace. Your workplace environment is now far more than walls, desks and computers. Instead, it serves as a second home for some employees, a recruitment tool for hiring and retaining top talent and, most importantly, a place to inspire and grow your team. Bringing your brand to life in your physical work environment plays a huge part in motivating people to work hard in shaping and evolving your brand. Define your values Take […]

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How to start planning your office fitout for end of financial year

Brisbane office design is continuing to evolve and keep pace with trends from all over the working world. As research has shown, different methods of improving the productivity and happiness of our workforce have taken these methodologies and made them an intrinsic element of our designs. As we approach the end of the financial year, there’s no better way to prepare than looking into some less common areas of your office that could do with some love. Recreational areas Carving out room for a recreational area can be a complex task, but one made easier with the help of a […]

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Two medical clinics to inspire your next clinic fitout

Your medical clinic fitout is an important part of your business—it shapes the way clients interact and refer your services, how productive and positive your team is, and how your business revenue is set to succeed and grow. In this post, we’ll share four medical clinics that’ll inspire your own space, whether it be for a small interior design fix, or a complete clinic fitout. Before getting started, don’t forget the three important questions to ask yourself when designing and creating a medical clinic fitout: Is your space functional? In a medical clinic, it’s important to ensure the facilities and […]

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Ways your office fitout can increase productivity

It’s becoming more accepted that the design of office space has a significant influence on how people feel, as well as their mood, and behaviour. People typically spend 40+ hours at work per week. Which often means spending more time with co-workers than partners, family, and friends. Let’s take a look at how the following design elements can potentially improve the mood or alter behaviour of your staff. Diverse work spaces Sitting at the same desk and staring at a monitor all day can make it difficult to focus. This is why companies, such as Apple, have different workspaces for […]

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