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Five key advantages of office partitioning

An increasing number of businesses in Hampshire and across the UK are dropping open plan office arrangements in favour of more structured working environments, leading to a marked rise in the demand for office partitioning.

Here we explain five key benefits of office partitioning that has led businesses to re-consider their commitment to open plan working.  

Improved acoustics

The communal nature of open plan offices means they are often noisy environments where colleagues in different teams or sections must compete to be heard. The introduction of partitions helps to prevent noise from crossing the office, allowing staff to focus on their own work and conduct phone calls and meetings without background noise.

Increased privacy

All working environments require areas where confidential business can be conducted and office partitioning offers an excellent solution. With a range of options from soundproof glass to heavy duty wall installations, partitions provide an easy way to create private areas within a busy workplace.

Bespoke solutions

Modern office partitions such as demountable walls and stud walls can be manufactured using a wide range of materials such as glass and wood to suit all requirements. These bespoke systems offer partitioning solutions that can be tailored to the exact design and decorative needs of any shape and size of business premises.  

The perfect office up-grade

Because they are available in a wide range of styles and materials, modern office partitions can contribute to making a working environment feel far more colourful and contemporary. Custom-built partitioning can be used to add structure and style to an open plan office, helping to create a more appealing and cutting edge working environment.

Flexible and economical

Office partitioning does not form an essential part of a buildings structure, so can be taken down and moved when the needs of your business change or if you move to new premises. This saves money on the construction of traditional weight-bearing walls and the cost of new partitions should your business choose to move to another building.  

Find out more

At Universal Contracting we have a wide selection of bespoke office partitioning systems that can be designed, manufactured and installed according to your exact needs.


Toilet Refurbishments: Six reasons why your business can benefit

Whilst toilets and washroom facilities for your business are a necessity, somehow, they are often near the bottom of the list when it comes to refurbishment. Many business owners underestimate just how important a modern and appealing washroom is and how it can affect workforce, visitors and customers.

Here are just six of the many reasons for investing in the washrooms on your premises.

Image and impressions

When someone is visiting your building for the first time, every room and every element contributes to their impression of your business. Just think… have you ever visited a restaurant, shop, hotel or any other venue where you have been pleasantly surprised or even disappointed by their washroom to the extent that you have felt the need to comment? It is this sort of experience that can provide customers and visitors with a great impression of your business. In contrast, if your washrooms are outdated and unappealing, this can give customers a negative vibe.

Add to the value of your property

If you are a landlord for commercial premises or a business owner considering selling, making a long-term investment like a toilet refurbishment can help to increase the value of your property. If you are looking for new leaseholders for your property, great facilities including clean and modern washrooms can help to seal the deal. If you are ready to leave your business and move on to new challenges, refurbished bathrooms can help to improve the saleability of your business.

Increase the morale and productivity of your team

There is no denying that your workforce will appreciate clean, comfortable and inviting washrooms. As the majority of us spend most of our waking hours at work, it is important to create as comfortable an environment as possible to keep staff feeling happy and valued as employees. A clean, comfortable and aesthetically pleasing work environment helps to improve team morale and therefore, productivity.

Happier customers

If your business is in the retail or hospitality sector, providing pleasant toilet facilities can help to improve their experience and encourage them to spend more time and more money in your premises.

Better hygiene

Whilst washrooms should be cleaned on a regular basis, refurbishing fixtures, fittings and tiles certainly helps to ensure that hygiene standards stay high. Over time, dirt and germs can become engrained in paintwork or wall tiles, as well as toilets, taps and wash basins. Toilet refurbishments help to keep washrooms as clean as possible.

Updated equipment

Refurbishing your washrooms provides the perfect opportunity to update equipment. In general, people like to have access to the latest tech, even when going to the toilet. Hands free technology such as toilet roll dispensers, toilet flushers, taps, soap dispensers and hand dryers help to keep your workforce and visitors happy.

For more information about our washroom refurbishment services, please feel free to contact us for an informal discussion or for a quotation. Simply call 01794 330 830, or send us your details online and a member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.


Carpeting or Coating: What is the Best Flooring Solution for Your Workplace?

At Universal Contracting, we are specialists in a number of different flooring solutions to suit any business premises. Whether you are looking to refurbish an office, retail outlet, leisure centre or industrial setting, our multidisciplinary workforce are experienced in sourcing the right solutions for you. We understand that different situations require a different look, which is why we can lay any flooring, from single colour epoxy resin to the finest carpets.



The Commercial Roofing Repairs You May Require This Winter

The winter weather can put a strain on your commercial premises and in particular, the roof of your building.  From ice and plunging temperatures to increased rainfall and snow, the roof is one of the most vulnerable elements of your property throughout the colder months.

It is at this time of year that we see the biggest increase in our commercial roofing repair jobs, as we work hard to ensure that industrial and commercial buildings sustain the minimal amount of interior damage following a roofing problem.



Why Christmas is the perfect time to plan your office refurbishment

When you are in need of refurbishing your office, it can be an almost impossible task to pick a convenient time. After all, who wants to shut their office down and be at risk of losing revenue? The answer – no one.

That is why the Christmas holidays are the perfect time to have an office refurbishment. Capitalising on the time that the office is empty means that you can carry out a whole range of projects, whether it is just a colour scheme change or something bigger like a whole layout reconfiguration.



Is it time to add partitioning to your office?

For many years open plan office systems have been viewed as the template for efficient modern workplaces, but could that be set to change?

In a recent article written for The Telegraph by Dr Nicole Millard, an expert in data, analytics and emerging technology, she argues that the concept of an open plan office has become antiquated and will be phased out in the coming decade.