Space Planning

Space Planning

The office environment’s impact on productivity is no myth. Many international studies have conclusively proved that productivity improvements of up to 40% can be achieved by changing the work environment.

The office environment has outgrown the idea of the paper processing machine and has become more than a mere arrangement of desks and chairs. Challenged by the rapid pace of technological development, Ergospace Africa has devoted the major portion of its efforts to the work environment, and set out to create optimal conditions for people to work in.

The key to creating an optimal environment is the understanding that people work in offices and that these people have basic human needs which often directly conflict with the changing demands of technology. Realising this, Ergospace Africa set out to create office environments that maximise the potential of working people whilst coping smoothly with change.

The blueprint for manpower actualisation begins with assessing the communicative requirements of the worker. Ergospace Africa will undertake a comprehensive survey to assess work and paper-flow patterns as well as inter-departmental communications. The findings are analysed and the office layout emerges as a direct translation of the results applied to Ergospace Africa’s Planning Principals.

With office rentals sky rocketing Ergospace Africa have ingeniously combined the needs of both the office worker and the Financial Director and LSU (Logical Space Utilisation) is the principle which emerged.  LSU ensures that everything is firstly, positioned in its logical place of access and secondly, that spatial economy is strictly adhered to – making the most cost-efficient use of available space.

Further, recommendations are made for open plan workstation selection, acoustic treatment, personnel positioning and expansion allowances.

The following services will be rendered:

•    Conduct comprehensive surveys to assess the needs of the client at corporate and departmental level including existing furniture and filing hardware to be re-used.

•    An analysis and interpretation of communication patterns, paper and traffic flows, which will dictate proximities, space allocation and departmental and facilities positioning.

•    Present a block or working layout to the client which will form the basis of the final layout. This phase will include establishing of furniture standards.


•    Development of final layouts and grids dictated by electrical, voice and data points as well as interaction flows (both paper and traffic) and dimensions of existing furniture.

•    Carry out a final check on site measurements and workstation positioning prior to the commencement of the project.