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Open plan offices: the design of choice

Posted by Marianne
February 14, 2012 in Office Partitioning

The Lawyer, the magazine for lawyers and the legal profession, has produced a report on current trends in law firms, looking at working practices and premises from a number of perspectives, finding that open plan working has moved away from the common perception of the typing pool scenario to a sleek new design option.

Some of the more prestigious law firms in London have experimented with open plan offices and have found that with the judicious use of office partitions some of the pre-conceived objections, mainly concerning privacy and noise, can be addressed in a positive way.

Although more staff can be accommodated in an open plan office, the difference in cost between fitting out open plan and standard office floors is very little, with the only saving being in the cost of the walls themselves. A surprising and welcome result of open plan working has been in the number of reports from different firms of the increase in collegiality amongst staff, particularly when the design has been to mix partners and employees of different levels together within the same workstation area.

 Office partitioning  Office partitioning is now available in a wide variety of styles, colours and designs and offers different levels of privacy. One of the most popular office partitions within the law firms surveyed was a floor to ceiling glass partition which could be configured several ways and offered the appearance of light and space, while at the same time ensuring the privacy and confidentiality essential in sensitive legal matters.

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