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How do I ensure return on investment (ROI) on my design & build (D+B) results?

Due to the uncertain financial times we are faced with, it is essential with any large investments, that the value and returns you meet expectations

You should consider the D+B route for many reasons

Not only will the reasons expressed in the linked blog show how your design and build will add value to your business space and culture, but we will show how you can reap the tangible benefits.

Operational and space costs

The number of employers offering flexible working patterns such as the ability to work remotely is growing, potentially meaning that your office space is rarely being used at its maximum capacity as employees may only be in the office for 3 or 4 days per week. In this case, you’re likely under-utilising valuable space which could be re-purposed into an area that adds value to your organisation.

Alternatively, an office relocation is certainly an option especially if your lease is close to expiring and you’ve outgrown or are under-utilising your current space.

The best way to calculate how much you could save in terms of space and therefore costs is by answering the following:

  • What percentage of your workstations are currently not being utilised and how much space does this equate to? – These can be eliminated in any redesign.
  • What is the average cost per workstation in terms of equipment, heating, lighting, cleaning, and security?
  • How much would your new office design save in terms of utilities, equipment, and maintenance for each workstation?

A great way to reduce costs in these uncertain financial times is to embrace the hybrid method of working and reduce the number of assigned desks. This helps you fully utilise your space so that every square metre is accounted for. When saving costs and estimating return-on-investment, knowing that every area of your office space will be used should give you peace of mind.

Having the right balance is hard to find, and that is why our specialist designers can help you come up with the best design to suit your needs.

A recent poll on LinkedIn showed that only 43% of voters want an assigned desk space in their working environment. By including more hot desking and agile seating methods in the workspace, staff can still benefit from the impromptu interactions with colleagues, that you cannot get via a video conference.

Check out our latest case study with Invisible Systems, where we incorporated a balance of assigned desks and collaboration areas for the staff. This has helped them see an increase in staff returning to work in-office and increased capacity for creative and collaborative thinking.

Interested in getting touch about how your office design can deliver for your staff and shareholders? Get in touch by emailing us at or give us a ring at 0161 233 0030.

Carlie Dunbar

Written on the 23rd May 2024 by

Working behind the scenes, Carlie assists with the purchasing and setting up of new projects and looks after day-to-day tasks within the office.

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