Converting An Industrial Unit Or Warehouse To Office Space

Converting An Industrial Unit Or Warehouse To Office Space

Converting an industrial unit or warehouse into an office could be a great option for your business. Here’s why: 

Flexibility

Perhaps the biggest benefit of converting an industrial unit is its flexibility. Industrial units tend to be blank canvases with simple floor plans that are easier to modify than standard office buildings. This customisable space provides the perfect opportunity to get creative with your office fitout!

While this flexibility sounds great to some, it may seem like an overwhelming task to others at first glance. But don’t be put off. Working with a blank canvas, you’ll have much more input and control over your office layout, design and finishes. You can also make sure that the space is truly reflective of your unique office culture and meets the specific needs of your business. If you’re still feeling nervous, don’t worry. An experienced office design and fitout company will be able to guide you through the journey and help you create the office of your dreams.

There are many benefits to converting an industrial unit or warehouse into an office environment.

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Location

Another key benefit of converting an industrial unit to an office space is location. Industrial units are often found on the outskirts of cities and towns meaning you get the benefits of being near a major business/employment hub without the city centre price tag.

Industrial units also tend to come with some degree of external parking which you won’t usually see in city or town centres. If your unit doesn’t have parking, being on the outskirts of a key business location means there will likely be good public transport links. This is great as it means employees and clients can travel to the office easily – and it’s better for the environment too.

Cost

Converting an industrial unit into office space can be more cost effective than you might think. Whether you buy or rent your office space, research shows the cost per square foot for an industrial unit or warehouse is usually less than a purpose-built office building.

Depending on the location, the quality of the building, and any bundled services, warehouse and industrial unit rentals range from £6.50 to £15 per sq. ft., while purpose built office space can cost anywhere from £18 to £50 sq. ft.  Your business rates could be cheaper too!

Industrial units and warehouses could provide the opportunity to generate income too. As they tend to be quite large there may be the opportunity to create a rentable space, if you don’t need the whole area. Mezzanine floors can be a great way to do this – there’s more info on this below.

Specific design features

Alongside the other benefits, industrial units and warehouses also have lots of design features which make them a great alternative to a purpose-built office building. These include:

  • High ceilings – the height of industrial units is a huge selling point as you’re able to create more space without increasing the footprint of your building. Mezzanine floors are a fantastic way to create office space and mean that as your business grows, you can change your space to accommodate. You could also consider creating a mezzanine floor to rent out to bring in extra income.
  • Big windows – industrial units often have big windows that bring the office space to life with natural light. Natural light in an office gives a proven wellbeing boost to employees and saves on energy costs. If your unit isn’t blessed with large windows already, they are much easier to install than in an existing office and there are far less building regulations to navigate.   
  • Original features – another great thing about industrial units and warehouses is their unique architecture and historical background. This means there are often lots of interesting features that you can use to make your office that little bit more special. Incorporating exposed brick walls and pipes into the layout of the space, for example, can help to create a look that’s unique to your business.
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Next Steps

If you already occupy a unit you are looking to adapt, or once you have found your ideal unit, a reputable office design and fit out company can help you explore your options, providing advice on layout, mezzanine floors, design and more.

Take a look at this recent warehouse to office project we completed for Yorkshire Stianless Ltd or click to watch the video below. The directors wanted modern hybrid offices in the same building as their storage and logistics operations.

If you have a project in mind, please get in touch for an informal chat about how we can help you bring it to life.

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