“Is it a good time to commission an office refurbishment?” It’s the most common question we’re being asked right now. Well, the answer is yes. Logistically, with working from home where possible the temporary advice and lockdown 2.0 in force, there are fewer employees around and probably a drop in customer footfall – two things that can disrupt a fit out.

The trend for refurbishments remains undiminished and it’s more than anecdotal evidence. MPL Interiors continued working with clients throughout the first 8 months of the year and we are currently active, plus there’s a healthy pipeline too. Now is a great time to plan a revised workplace – one that can adapt to changing Covid restrictions or can accommodate business diversification.

There are also physiological aspects attached to refurbishments, in addition to practical ones. Tempting staff back to the workplace and recruiting new talent will increasingly hinge on Covid-safe yet inspiring offices – a refurbishment gives employers the chance to address issues and elevate their proposition. And there’s the element of trust. Seeing a name above the door now, and after the pandemic, is great reassurance for customers – even better if the brand looks strong and fresh.

So how are we adapting to life with lockdowns? We can still progress plans from afar and work on site. We’ve always used 3D visuals to bring our designs to life but we have moved into the realms of VR presentations and even walkthrough videos of new offices. Not only does this help clients avoid costly mistakes, it also keeps projects on track from a remote office or the comfort of your own home. Our channels of communication will be kept open and the design phase remains fluid, thanks to technology. Get in touch if you would like to use any downtime to start planning a fit out.