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Butterworth Studio offers a full design service, taking you and your company through each of the required stages of an office relocation or refurbishment project. 

The process starts with discussing your objectives, analysing your office culture and suggesting new ways of working, the conclusions of which determine the brief.  The design proposal begins with space planning and the identification of an aesthetic concept and moves on to the creation of 3D visuals, the specification of all furniture, fittings and finishes and results in a full architectural drawing package.  Suggestions can be made for contractors and furniture suppliers, we will tender the project on your behalf and act as liaison during the works, taking responsibility for CDM, planning and building control applications as necessary. 

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workspace analysis.

  • Discuss and conclude on objectives for the new workspace 

  • Undertake a space utilization study to identify how your current space functions

  • Conduct interviews with company representatives to gather information regarding requirements such as future growth, department adjacencies, AV needs etc

  • Provide a bespoke online employer survey to glean information on what staff want in their new space

  • Complete an audit of all furniture, equipment and storage to be retained

  • Recommend new ways of working, improving opportunities for flexible and agile working

  • Prepare a written brief that will form the basis for the project

property identification.

  • Liaise with commercial property agents to identify suitable new properties

  • Carry out a 2D and 3D survey of the premises

  • Provide ‘test fit plans’ to see if a potential property fits the brief


concept design & space planning.

  • Collate inspirational images to provoke a discussion on aesthetic styles

  • Discuss important adjacencies and flow of the workspace

  • Generate a ‘block plan’ to identify how departments best fit the space

  • Create a general arrangement layout

  • Consider future expansion plans

  • Present sketches, drawings and samples of finishes for approval

detailed design.

  • Specify all fittings; lights, tea points, sanitary ware, partition details etc

  • Propose all finishes; flooring, wall finishes, window treatments, soft furnishings etc

  • Design joinery items, such as a bespoke reception desk

  • Identify a phase plan to show how works will be phased if a refurbishment is to be carried out while the company remains in situ

  • Produce a detailed architectural drawing package, to include; reflected ceiling plan, power & data plan, flooring plan, partition elevations, tea point detailing, WC & shower design, builders plan

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furniture specification.

  • Arrange a tour of commercial furniture showrooms

  • Choose finishes and the specification for each furniture item

  • Produce a budgeted specification document

  • Tender the furniture package to a selection of suppliers

  • Arrange trials of seating and desking if required


  • Provide 3D floor plans to communicate initial space plans

  • Use perspective visuals to aid discussion and design development

  • Present semi photo realistic visuals to accurately represent the design intent


design administration.

  • Hold design meetings with the client throughout the design development process

  • Act as liaison between client, contractor and suppliers

  • Handle planning applications if required

  • Coordinate with Building Control to ensure compliance with Building Regulations

  • Take responsibility for CDM if multiple contractors are to be engaged

  • Recommend commercial removal firms

  • Issue documents for construction

  • Attend site meetings during construction period

  • Support client with snagging at project completion

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