What may look like a simple office block on the outside often does not convey the complexities and challenges of creating the most effective work space for both those using and building it. A positive atmosphere and environment within office accommodation can improve performance through greater efficiency and workforce interaction. Flexible space that supports the aspirations and changing needs of the organisation throughout the lifetime of the building is better when built in from the outset.
In a world where organisations often change much faster than their buildings our in-depth understanding of tenant and funder led design requirements helps us provide workplaces that are highly flexible, lettable, sustainable and value for money for our customers.
Our experience covers new build and refurbished offices. Our consultative approach is driven by understanding our customers’ objectives and creating solutions, often combining our construction and engineering expertise, to deliver successful projects and cost effective ongoing management through our property maintenance services.
The challenge is often to overcome the limitations of building-related constraints while making the most of a building’s qualities both internally and externally. This is especially true when looking at refurbishment projects, which are all about maximising a building’s potential. An effective refurbishment produces the combined benefits of rental uplift for better-quality space and an increase in lettable floor area. Given the right location it makes these schemes particularly valuable to investors.
Our ability to work with Architects and Structural Engineers to plan and sequence a construction programme that balances safety and stability with speed of construction is highly valued by customers when their income is at stake.
As an independent family business we can provide a greater degree of flexibility and understanding of the needs of a community as well as those commissioning the work on their behalf, recognising the unique nature and responsibilities for those in charge of the public purse.
Our more joined up and collaborative approach working together with our customers can help mitigate risk, improve time and cost predictability and increase communication, resulting in greater stakeholder control and management.
One of the unusual characteristics of this area of activity is the variety of places and spaces created over the years, projects as diverse as community theatres, town halls, police and fire stations, one stop shops for council services, offices, bridges and parks. Common in all these projects is the ability to work closely with the authorities’ agenda to enhance the quality of facilities for everyone in their local community. We never lose sight of this goal every time we build on their behalf.
Creating a mixed-use scheme calls for a wide range of skills and knowledge to deliver the vision. Efficient project management needs to be blended with an understanding of the inter-relationship between different uses, and how they can work together to complement each other. This broader perspective of both the design aspirations and stakeholder needs is key to achieving a financially viable and sustainable solution for our customers.
Our specialist mixed use service has been developed around a comprehensive understanding of the key construction and stakeholder considerations to deliver a successful project.
This sector, more than many others, draws upon the broad range of knowledge and expertise across construction, engineering and maintenance that exists within Osborne. It also suits our consultative and partnership approach due to its complexity and often sensitivity across the different end users.
Our flexible and open approach when working with developers, development agencies, urban regeneration companies, funders, consultants and stakeholders gives our customers confidence in our ability to deliver.
The introduction of more modular design schemes is creating more options to plan and sequence a potentially complex construction programme that balances quality and sustainability with speed which is highly valued by customers.