At SRL, we’re used to working out ways around tricky briefs – requirements that are much more common than you may think. A retail outlet in desperate need of space to store stock – with only an attic with low eaves to work with. A pub needing an outdoor area that can be used in inclement weather and on sunny days. A warehouse in need of urgent repair – office blocks leaking heat and energy at great expense. Often, these issues are simple to resolve when you have the knowledge and experience to deal with them. In this two-part blog series we provide solutions to common corporate construction issues experienced by businesses that own or lease their premises – both small and large.
We need more space
Space is a recurring issue – especially for businesses residing in older buildings. Often companies want and need to expand without relocating – but lack of additional areas to grow into poses a seemingly impossible problem.
However depending on the size, shape and age of the property your business occupies, there are several solutions on offer. The first is curtain walling. Although many people assume that this is an option only for larger buildings, intermediate properties can still benefit from this novel method of achieving a greater amount of space. As an addition to a partial aspect of a building, at the front or back or even surrounding it completely, they’re a fantastic and aesthetically pleasing way to add a few feet or even metres to your existing surface area. Other space savers include bi-fold doors and windows, awnings and extensions above, below or to the side.
Of course a plan of action is tailored depending on your unique circumstances – so not all of these options will be available to you. Make sure that when expansion is required you’re speaking with the right people – experts who can seamlessly advise and guide you through the process.
Planning permission is difficult
Fear of not being granted planning permission can cause a lot of businesses to continuously put off vital construction work and additions to their property. However this can be detrimental for the company in the long run, as exteriors become run down and in need of repair and redevelopment.
The first step to this solution is taking the plunge – with a team of professionals on board for support. Good architects and builders will know how to put a proposal and blueprints together that give you the best possible chance of having your plans accepted.
The second step is managing your own expectations. It’s important not to be pessimistic – but also key to mindful that you may not be able to make drastic changes depending on your location and situation, and the age and significance of your property.
Our shop front is tired and unappealing
After a few years, even well-tended shop fronts that were the talk of the town upon conception can become tired looking and off-putting for visitors. Yet brands want to maintain a familiar appearance – something that is vital to ensure that clients recognise and still want to engage with a company. This can lead to shop fronts becoming tired, neglected and unappealing – in short, it’s a false economy, because the end result is the same. A business loses custom, and changing its exterior becomes an urgent priority.
The good news is that whatever your budget, there are a wide range of things you can do to improve your business’ external appearance. Fresh paint and signage, new windows – even a new door. These can all make a dramatic difference.
Of course, if your façade is in need a complete overhaul, it’s time to think about a design that will stand the test of time both from a visual and architectural perspective. We specialise in designing and fitting shop fronts for businesses of all shapes and sizes – so if you’re in need of support or just need to explore the idea in detail, get in touch today.
Speak to the experts at SRL today and get the ball rolling on your project. You can find further details regarding our services and case studies here. The second part of this blog will go live at the same time next week.