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Occupants demand changing fit out trends

SAS International Director, Andrew Jackson, comments on how architects, property developers and contractors are focusing on flexibility of design, durability, speed of installation, performance and occupant comfort. “Meeting the occupant demands of a modern office environment requires careful consideration of acoustic control and space flexibility, along with low maintenance costs and product durability. “These factors, […]

SAS International Director, Andrew Jackson, comments on how architects, property developers and contractors are focusing on flexibility of design, durability, speed of installation, performance and occupant comfort.

“Meeting the occupant demands of a modern office environment requires careful consideration of acoustic control and space flexibility, along with low maintenance costs and product durability.

“These factors, including life cycle costs and flexibility of products to meet the demands of occupants over a 50 to 60 year building life cycle, are coming to the fore.

“However with so many speculative office properties coming onto the market in the Middle East, and in Dubai and Abu Dhabi in particular, it is essential that owners are seen to offer the best value to potential clients if they are to rent the space quickly.

“One of the most successful ways of doing this is by upgrading the space to include ceilings, raised floors and services rather than just offering shell and core.

“In doing this, potential tenants can get an understanding of space flexibility and how their business could function efficiently.

“Traditionally buildings are completed in a shell and core state only. However if only one floor of a new development is fitted to these upgraded standards this will allow tenants to visualise how the interior space will look. They can also move into premises with minimal capital costs and little interruption to their business.”

SAS are currently exhibiting at The Office Exhibition, 17-19 May 2011, Dubai World Trade Centre.

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