There comes a time when every office really does need a complete facelift and for one Kent laboratory, this was precisely what was needed. Kent office refurbishment company JBH were called in to carry out the office refurbishment. Upon inspection it was clear the workplace was is in very poor condition and needed substantial work.
Being an occupied office space, the staff were temporarily relocated. There was no time to lose, the work needed to be completed quickly and efficiently. The JBH team began by stripping out the old suspended ceiling, the flooring and stud walls were all removed. The washrooms were stripped, along with the laboratory units, wall tiles and any existing fittings and fixtures.
Once stripped, the building work could commence to create a brand new office interior that could be enjoyed by the staff for years to come.
Take a look at our short video to see the transformation in action:
Read on to discover how the office refurbishment was achieved.
New Office Layout
The new office layout needed to be suitable for the type of work carried out at this Kent laboratory. JBH designed the office layout with multiple spaces that were practical, as well as light and bright.
The area was divided with office partitioning and stud walls into six individual rooms, including:
- The main open plan office
- Management office
- Meeting room
- Small breakout room
- Male and female washrooms
- Shower room
The main office space offered the opportunity for an open plan working environment. It had to be large enough to fit eight desks and storage units. The meeting room, managers office and break out zone were each designed to face the main office. A corridor lead from the main office to the washrooms and the main building. The corridor proved a practical area for locating large storage walls.
Where possible, JBH Refurbishments used glazing and glass office partitioning to let the natural light fill the enclosed spaces. This was particularly essential in the meeting room, which didn’t have a window. The glazed office partitioning featured integrated Venetian blinds for privacy.
You can read more in our office partitioning guide.
This commercial building has high ceilings with exposed wiring and pipework. To conceal these unsightly utilities, JBH installed a brand new suspended ceiling with integrated LED lighting panels. The LED light panels provide a bright and fresh environment, ideal for a busy working environment. The air conditioning units were also integrated into the suspended ceiling.
The Washroom Refurbishment
As part of the office refurbishment, the old washroom was completely stripped, and new male and female washrooms were installed. Where the old washroom was fitted with traditional ceramic tiles, the new facilities featured wall cladding. This wall surface provides a contemporary finish and is far easier to keep clean. Here’s what else we installed in the washrooms at this Kent business:
- Enclosed cisterns with wall cladding
- Cap and cove flooring
- Green and grey toilet cubicals provided a stylish finish
- Stainless steel sink units were fitted to the walls
- In the male washroom, stainless steel urinals were installed
Tea Point Installation
The main building adjoining this office space already featured a fully functioning office kitchen. However, a busy office should always have a small office tea point for making hot beverages. A tea point is something JBH Refurbishments factors in to every new commercial fit out. Within the main open plan office, we installed:
- Two gloss white kitchen units
- Granite worktop
- Stainless steel sink
- Counter height electrical sockets for a kettle, toaster or coffee machine
- White hygienic cladding
The tea point can be as unobtrusive as the client requires, or it can be used as design feature within the office. Learn more about tea points in our “Workplace Kitchen Fit Out and Office Tea Points” article.
A grey textured carpet tile was the chosen floor covering for this Kent office refurbishment. Carpet tiles offer a hard wearing floor surface, which is ideal for a busy office space. The textured grey brought a contemporary finish to the overall look.
Windows and Doors
The old windows and doors looked tatty and needed replacing. This is an area that is often overlooked in an office refurbishment, but it can make a tremendous difference to the end result. As you can see in our before and after pictures, if the old windows and doors had remained, the office refurbishment would not have been as successful.
We installed windows with modern grey aluminium frames in the main office, the manager’s office and break out room. A grey entrance door was installed to compliment the new windows. Outside, JBH built a ramp and handrail for wheelchair access to the building.
Office decoration and design needs to suit the type of work undertaken within the property. Being a laboratory, the best solution was to decorate the office with a clinical, brilliant white, hard wearing trade paint.
Kent Office Refurbishment Complete
The Kent office refurbishment was completed on time and within budget. The finished look was a contemporary and fresh new office with all the facilities of a modern working environment. Take a look for yourself.
What the Client Said:
“JBH carried out a refurbishment to one of our facilities recently, the standard of fit and finish was extremely good and the guys who were working on the project conducted themselves very professionally. JBH are one of our approved contractors and continue to provide a high quality, cost effective and safe level of service.”