Demand from HR Directors and office owners asking for advice on workplace strategy and design has led to over £1.5 million of new contract wins for East Midlands based workplace consultants and office fit-out specialists Blueprint Interiors.
The company is currently working on a wide variety of design projects. These include Yü Energy’s new offices in Leicester, the R&D division of a major pet food company, Consultus Group who are a leading energy conversion systems provider, a plastics distributor, an orthotics manufacturer and several office fit-outs within UK science parks.
The key concerns fuelling the demand for workplace design advice relates to how much office space will actually be required as people find the balance between working from home and being in the office. These include whether to downsize or re-purpose space, and how to create compelling reasons for employees to return to an environment in which they feel safe.
Commenting, Chloe Sproston, Creative & Commercial Director from Blueprint Interiors said, “The overall objective is that offices are designed according to how people will want to use them in the future. As employers and HR teams begin preparing their workplace for the return of their most valued asset – their people, they will need to take notice of these needs, or risk losing their best talent to organisations that recognise their importance.”
Blueprint Interiors also recently became accredited to help companies achieve The WELL Health-Safety Rating, a new building health and safety accreditation which is informed by the WELL Building Standard and more than 600 experts from the Task Force on COVID-19. The company’s own office in Ashby de la Zouch called WorkLife Central has achieved Gold standard and interior designer, Rebecca Beadle is qualified to help other businesses attain the new accreditation.
Commenting she said, “Most of the clients we are advising through the process of achieving the WELL Health-Safety Rating are doing so to ensure their offices have a recognised safety seal in time for the anticipated return of employees and visitors to their offices. The rating demonstrates that they have met the highest health and safety standards, and therefore employees and visitors should feel confident knowing the space they are entering is managed by an organisation that believes in putting health first.”
To further help businesses assess their workspace needs, Blueprint Interiors has also created its “people first fit-out guide’ to help employers create enticing office spaces that give their employees compelling reasons to return to a safe workplace.