How are you prioritising air quality in your office design?

How are you prioritising air quality in your office design? 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 time we all […]

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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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5 Innovative Ways To Redefine The Workplace

There’s a growing awareness of companies realising how their workplace environment is significantly impacting their staff’s productivity, rather than just how many hours they are at their desk. But trying to set up the workplace as a strategic tool which contributes to collaboration, growth and increased productivity is easier said than done. What works successfully varies from one office to the next. It also depends on the company culture, as well as how employees prefer to work. Here are five evergreen and innovative ways to redefine the workplace. 1. Set up hot desks With the increase of laptops and wi-fi, […]

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How to make an office space feel bigger

If you’re underutilising your office design and style, a small office can feel overwhelming and confined to work in, stifle productivity and give clients or new starters a poor first impression. Even if you’re working in a small floorplan, there are simple ways you can make your office feel bigger and spacious during your fitout. At Urban Group, we work with all kinds of office spaces and environments, and we’re here to share our most valuable tips with you. Consider herringbone floors Characterised by rectangular shapes, herringbone floors, in either wood or tile, are a great way to add a […]

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Everything you need to know to start your office fitout journey

Getting started on your office fitout can feel like an overwhelming and challenging task. It requires a wealth of new knowledge, and changes that may impact your team and business. But making sure you have information to get started will help you plan your way to a successful office fitout. Start your plan with a checklist These thirteen steps will help you stay on track when planning your fitout. This step by step guide to help you achieve a stress free office fitout that actually sticks to your budget. Keep these steps in mind when you’re discussing your proposed fitout […]

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How to get started with your medical clinic fitout

Starting the journey of your medical clinic fit out comes with a wealth of importance. Your clinic’s fit out should be functional, aesthetically pleasing, long-lasting and practical, all while bringing your brand to life. Providing a comfortable and calming environment for your patients as they come to your dental clinic is important for the old-school word-of-mouth tactic for getting your business out there. It’s highly likely if customers are enjoying what is usually an uncomfortable experience, they’ll recommend you to their friends and family. Simple amenities like providing water, comfortable seating and up-to-date furniture can completely change the way patients […]

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4 ways to adapt your office for rapid employee growth

While your organisation continues to grow in size, the amount of floor space needed to accommodate new staff members will quickly start to shrink. Any new hire will need a dedicated workspace to perform their work comfortably. You will also need to try to keep existing employees who frequently collaborate close. An unfortunate side effect is a decrease in employee’s personal space. This leads to an environment that is not always collaborative or positive. When remaining space becomes an issue, management often thinks the solution is to move to a bigger building. But often, the answer is found with office […]

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