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What Office Design Trends to expect in 2016

[fa icon="calendar"] 10-Dec-2015 10:16:00 / by Callum Hutchinson

With Christmas nearly upon us and the end of 2015 looming, we thought this would be a perfect time to take a look ahead at what office design trends to expect see in 2016.

In this blog we will take a look at the top 5 areas that will have an impact on the design of your workplace over the coming 12 months.

  • Technology

Since the launch of the iPad in 2010 and the increasing capabilities of laptops our workforce has never had such flexibility. In order to support the increasing use of mobile technology having an infrastructure to support this tech has never been more important.


As Breakout Areas and Touchdown Points become more common place in the workplace you will see an ever increasing trend towards integration. Examples of this include charging points and power slots available in sofas and other breakout furniture pieces. A great piece of kit that makes this possible are AirCharge units that allow you to charge your mobile without the inconvenience of messy wires.

  • Lighting

For a long time now we have accepted the harsh and garish light produced by standard strip lights as the norm in our offices and just got on with it. Largely due to the decreasing price of LED Lighting all this is set to change in 2016 with a shift towards feature lighting,styled to really set your new office design off. 


There is more to this than just the aesthetics. "The Responsible Workplace” study showed that windows “were the number one determinant of the occupants’ level of satisfaction with a building“. Many offices now favour natural and soft lighting instead of harsh fluorescent lights to improve absenteeism, job satisfaction and productivity.

  • Acoustics

A very common complaint among staff in an office environment is the amount of excessive noise in their workplace environment. One of the most effective ways to reduce noise in the office is with acoustic panelling and booths, which ties in with our previous point looking at the increase Intech and the fact that staff are looking at alternative places to pitch themselves and get on with their task in hand. 

The most common way of battling intrusive noise levels is to apply the ABC Theory

  • Absorb
  • Block
  • Cover


By using this theory and method you will be able to create an atmosphere that will help increase productivity, but most notably increase the morale of your staff.   

  • Collaborative working

With the 5 elements of Agile Working becoming increasingly relevant in workplace design, collaborative working has become a major requirement for many businesses trying to create a much more productive area for their teams.


The benefits of collaborative working goes far beyond the interdepartmental communication gains. In fact introducing a work area that promotes collaborative working there can be a notable decrease in the cost of consumables such as paper, ink and stationary.   

  • Multi-purpose areas

With the average cost of office space in London exceeding the CBD of Paris and New York’s famous 5th Avenue at an eye watering £170 per square foot office space really is of a premium.

Research shows that on average 77% of private workspaces are unoccupied throughout a normal working day and a huge 60% of traditional workstations are left unused.


It’s not hard to come to the conclusion that introducing multi-purpose areas will help combat this issue. Breakout Areas that can be used for lunch times as well as informal meetings, Open plan office space with desks that aren’t allocated and adequate storage to allow your staff to be more flexible in their approach are all design features we are certain to see in the coming year.

  •     Conclusion

With a shift to New Ways of Working and employers being more aware of their staff requirements you can expect the workplace to shift from a place to work to a tool you can use to really ramp up our businesses productivity and create an environment your employees love to be in.

From all the team at Spectrum Workplace have a great 2016.

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Topics: design trends, Agile Working, Office Design

Callum Hutchinson

Written by Callum Hutchinson