Open plan office spaces have proven to be a popular choice for businesses time and time again as they remove barriers and improve aesthetics whilst enabling flexible ways of working, increasing communication between the work force. That said, the team here at Cubex Contracts have seen all too often how groups working within the same open space can sometimes struggle to focus as they battle through the many distractions and lack of privacy than an open plan workspace can bring. In fact, research has found that open office spaces can reduce employee productivity by up to 20% – that’s staggering! So, what’s the solution here? Yep, you guessed it – partitioning systems!
Incorporating partitioning into your space planning can have numerous benefits including added privacy, less noise and better wellbeing as distractions are mitigated (what was once a large open office has now been divided into smaller, practical working areas the whole team can benefit from). We’re not talking about every staff member having their own ‘office cubicle’ like we used to see in the 70s – those days are well and truly behind us! Within the modern workplace, you can introduce various partitioning systems that work for you to create the right spaces that your team actually need. These may include set workspaces without invasion of space from one desk to another, somewhere for team huddles, a place to take private conference calls, communal areas to grab a bite to eat away from the hustle and bustle of the office… the list goes on and on!
There are also multiple options for the type of office partitioning used to re-direct foot traffic and create a sleek workspace that boasts flexibility. You can get sliding, glazed, stud or composite… partitions really do come in many styles and forms, but can still be tailored to meet your requirements and budget… what’s not to love?
At Cubex Contracts we install a variety of partitioning systems in office spaces, industrial warehouses and retail stores so if you’re wondering if partitioning could be the answer to your workspace woes, read on to find out which system could work best for your business:
Psst – as with all Cubex solutions, we manage all fire requirements and Building Regulation issues on your behalf, making sure the project is compliant as well as being functional and aesthetic (that’s got to be a weight off your mind, surely?).
Created around a 50mm aluminium section with interlocking honeycomb panels, composite partitioning is our most popular partitioning system as it’s very versatile and fully re-locatable and it comes with an entry level price tag! You can have anything from solid panels to fully glazed partitions with encapsulated blinds, and composite partitioning can be finished in a multitude of wall coverings, powder coats or paint finishes.
Composite partitioning is lightweight, re-usable and flexible. Plus glazed or seamless glass sections with manifestations* can be incorporated into your partitioning design to create a more modern appearance – this is great for businesses wanting to make a strong visual impact.
*Manifestations – a treatment that can be applied to glass partitions (and any other large expanses of clear glass) in order to make the glass visible, preventing injury through collisions. It’s also a great way to introduce more decoration.
Another great way to divide a large office into smaller workspaces (and our next best seller) is with stud partitioning. Generally speaking, stud partitioning is a galvanized steel stud fame with plasterboard either side with rockwool infill for sound attenuation. This is then taped and jointed before being decorated to resemble a standard plasterboard wall.
At Cubex we love stud partitioning, but we do recommend incorporating a glazed element to help natural light through to your new workspace as it helps to create a more spacious environment.
Stud partitioning requires simple maintenance and can be easily repaired if damaged, plus it’s economical too and can incorporate additional soundproofing features.
Jumbo Stud Partitioning
If you’re looking for a way to divide the space within a warehouse or factory then jumbo stud partitioning could be your ideal solution. Using 150mm galvanised steel sections at its core, jumbo stud partition walls can be built up to 11m high and are fire resistant and sound absorbing too.
Jumbo stud is stronger, more durable and more secure than most partitioning systems (not surprising – the clue is in the name!) because of its metal framework, and it can be finished to resemble a plasterboard wall.
Just like composite and stud partitioning, you can incorporate seamless glass sections with manifestation. And, if you need to return a leased building back to its original dilapidations, jumbo stud partitioning can be easily removed – another brilliantly flexible solution!
Reliable, durable and adaptable, steel partitioning can help re-design existing spaces within offices, warehouses and factories alike.
The partition modules arrive ready for installation which can be completed in a short space of time before it’s coated with a high-quality powder to prevent seasonal wear and tear (great if time is against you to get your workforce going again!)
Steel partitioning requires minimal maintenance and can be dismantled and re-erected if required, but the downside is that it is not alterable onsite. It does, however, have a noise-cancelling capacity which in turn cuts back on any additional spend on soundproofing.
Glazed Office Partitions
Glazed partitioning is a great way to implement privacy without losing the open space feel. Manifestations can be used to create frosted sections to incorporate designs or logos into the partition, adding a degree of privacy whilst echoing company branding. You can add internal blinds for further privacy too.
With natural light and low energy costs, the glass walls do come with a safety warning… walking into a glass door or wall – we’ve all done it!
Glazed partitioning can be more costly than other partitioning systems as they are designed to high specifications with style in mind… we can’t deny that they do look fantastic!
Sliding partitions (or walls) are a cost-effective and multi-functional solution for maximising space that looks good too. They operate on a track instead of swinging open like a hinged door and can be incorporated into glazed or steel partitioning systems making them versatile and adaptable too.
Installation periods can vary depending on the design and outlay, and although they are generally lightweight, it can take some extra effort when re-locating to move these with you because of the added technicalities of a sliding pad.
Whatever your workspace needs Cubex can help to find the best solution tailored to your requirements and budget. Whether you want to create a visual impact or implement additional privacy and sound reduction with office partitioning, we’re here to help from the design stage right through to installation, providing a thorough end-to-end solution.