When it comes to creating a brand new office design, it can often become difficult to find a company who can do it all; from the office fit out to the design itself, it can become quite a stressful situation when many different companies are relying on one another to complete a project.

However, there is a solution to this backward and forwarding that can occur. The design and build approach to office design allows a simple, stress-free creation of the perfect office space which meets all your needs.

But what does this design and build approach entail?

What Is the Design and Build Approach?

Rather than working with many different companies to construct a new workplace, working with a firm who offers a design and build service allows you communicate effectively with one company, rather than many; reducing the risk of miscommunication and giving you a stable point of contact with regards to the design and creating of your office.

According to a study by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in 2010, design and build projects “performed better in terms of construction costs, unit costs, construction speed and intensity of construction. This is despite the fact that projects tendered under design and build method were more complex, of greater value and larger than those tendered using traditional methods.”

What Are the Advantages?

The most important thing to realise is that design and build isn’t always a possible solution, and a good firm who offers such a project will be able to tell if design and build is suitable for a project.

As mentioned above, the RICS study outlined some of the advantages that come with using a design and build approach. Let’s take a more detailed look at why more people should be investing in this kind of office creation.

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Cheaper and Quicker

The cost of a design and build project has been identified as being around 15% cheaper than other design and creation methods. This can be attributed to the use of in house resourced by the contractor, rather than sourcing them from outside of the business through other companies, as well as shorter completion times.

Fit outs can be completed in a shorter amount of time, mainly due to tasks being able to be completed at the same time, rather than having to wait for other tasks to be finished before moving on. RICS have reported that an average design and build project can be completed 46% faster than an alternative method.

Better End Result?

Because you will only be dealing with one company, there is less chance of the people working on your office design to get their wires crossed with regards to how your office should be looking.

Everyone will be on the same page, and working towards the same end. They will know exactly what the fit out needs to look like, so you can be sure that what you have seen design wise will be what you get.


Of course, it’s important that you find a company who employ skilled and experienced employees throughout their departments which will be working on your design so that you can be sure that you get the very best quality office at the end of the process.

Here at Officescape, we specialise in designing and creating the perfect office space for you. If you would like to know more information about how we can help you, don’t hesitate to get in contact with our team by calling 01553 811833 today.

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