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Ask the Expert: Tackling coworking and shared office refurbishments

Reports show that flexible working spaces are growing by up to 30% annually across Europe – and for designers, this means creating adaptable working spaces that can easily evolve as office spaces grow and change.

13/02/2020 3 min read

Initially popular with small start-up companies, we are also seeing larger corporations taking advantage of this way of working

Paul Pennington Marshall, Central London Specification Team Manager at Forbo Flooring Systems, tells us about why flooring plays an intrinsic role in a co-working office space.

Shared office or ‘coworking’ space is on the rise in major cities, where buildings are increasingly being converted into office spaces and rented by lots of different businesses and entrepreneurs. In fact, reports show that flexible working spaces are growing by up to 30% annually across Europe – and for designers, this means creating adaptable working spaces that can easily evolve as office spaces grow and change.

Initially popular with small start-up companies, we are also seeing larger corporations taking advantage of this way of working. Coworking spaces provide the opportunity to rent dedicated desks, a room, or even a whole floor which is shared with other businesses. Stays will be either long-term or short term but eventually, tenants will move out. Therefore, it is important that interior refurbishments can take place quickly and easily.

The floor plays an intrinsic role in a co-working office space as it can be used as a wayfinding tool to guide users in and around the building, or it can be used to define individual spaces. As spaces are separated into a variety of activity settings or purpose-built areas, the floor covering needs to meet the expectations of a modern-day office, both in terms of performance and aesthetics.

When designing a flexible layout, it is also important to consider a floor covering that is just as easy to remove and re-use elsewhere, as it is to install. Adhesive free luxury vinyl tiles provide the perfect solution for truly flexible and sustainable office spaces. Offering a quick and easy installation and post-use removal and reuse, the versatile floor covering is also suitable for use over raised access floors, which are particularly common within the office environment, providing easy maintenance for the building.

For example, Forbo Flooring Systems’ new Allura Ease luxury vinyl tiles have been specially designed for a completely adhesive free installation. Thanks to their superior dimensional stability and construction, the tiles and planks, which are part of Forbo’s Fast Fit collection, are rapid to fit with minimal downtime, as well as being easy to remove, re-use and recycle. Indeed, Allura Ease is a truly reusable product as it can be taken up and reused again and again for a truly flexible and sustainable office space.

Comprising 18 designs in a range of woods and concretes, the collection forms a well-balanced palette that suits a wide range of applications.  The designs feature subtle bevelling and in-register embossing structures to emphasise the texture of the planks for a truly authentic aesthetic.

 

The world of work is changing – and open plan, flexible working environments are more popular than ever before. Shared office environments, and consequently floor coverings, will continue to evolve in order to cater for the changing requirements of new tenants and their workspace functions, therefore it is important that designers choose furniture and furnishings that are easily adaptable.

Developed by Forbo’s in-house team of passionate creators and produced in Europe by Forbo, the new Allura collection pushes the boundaries of design and manufacture.

For more information please visit www.forbo-flooring.co.uk/alluraease

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