More than just square metres

Square metres are often the main selling point for business premises. Though they are important, they should be just one criterion among others: a productive and pleasant business space is the sum of many things.

 

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Location is essential. Business premises located in a city centre are easily accessible from any direction, also with public transport. A central location also enhances a company’s prestige and image as an attractive business. A central location is a bonus for employer image and a source of pride for employees.
Services can be divided into two categories: those in the surrounding area and those in the building. In city centres, the local services are diverse and within walking distance. The building’s services can include anything from parking spaces to a private gym. To put it simply, the better the services the more attractive the premises.
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Adaptability has become a key factor with the increase of remote and hybrid working. Premises that can be flexibly modified depending on the situation are a priority for an increasing number of companies. Adaptability also relates to how easy it is to reach the lessor and how flexible they are in facilitating modifications – can you reach the lessor with one phone call?
The materials used in the premises and quality of construction are factors which are not given enough attention. However, premium materials and high quality construction are not only aesthetic issues but also increase occupational health and safety. Quality means good indoor air and acoustics and optimal room temperature – both heating and cooling must function perfectly in all conditions.

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The functionality of premises can be measured by whether they support the company’s business operations and the work input of its employee in the best possible way. When evaluating the efficiency of business premises, the question is not how many people you can squeeze into the space but how many functions the premises can comfortably house. It is also worth considering whether the premises provide a positive and inspiring environment for interaction and encounters between people. People’s need to meet and exchange ideas face to face has not disappeared, quite the opposite. Functional spaces make work more rewarding and productive, both when working at the office and from home.
Another important consideration is sustainability. When a property has LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification it means that every tenant is committed to working together for a cleaner environment.

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