Room Divider Doors For Your New Office
If you need a quick and easy way to partition your office, then room divider doors are the answer. They are one of the most versatile ways to split an office and you can install them anywhere you need. We offer a range of standard timber or glazed doors for your area including the frameless Avanti Fireclear door. We also offer a range of sliding room divider doors to create temporary partitions when needed. To find out more about our range of doors and why they will benefit you, read on below.
Benefits of Room Divider Doors
There are a number of key benefits to splitting up your office space. First, they make it easy to use space to create rooms within rooms so you can use your space better. Unlike heavy brick or concrete walls and doors, dividers are far easier to move and replace and have more functionality. They can adapt to any arrangement and are easy to move around and use in any space you need.
Flexible dividers are a much cheaper choice for splitting your office space compared to brick and mortar. They add extra privacy to your work areas, such as creating temporary meeting or reception spaces when needed. In addition to this, they can also reduce noise through extra thickness creating sound insulation. Finally, you will need no hefty design or installation procedures to put them up. Divider doors are quick and easy to set up with less disruption to your office space.
Features of Room Divider Doors
One of the main advantages of divider doors is you can set them up and use them in any location you need in the office. You do not need to use any hinges, so you can easily remove and set up the doors anywhere. The sliding doors also eliminate the need for floor tracks, greatly reducing the risk of trip hazards. We make the partitions from lightweight materials such as plasterboard or glazed glass, as well as timber, glazed or frameless fire graded doors.
The sliding room dividers run on multi bearing roller trolleys that hang from ceiling mounted tracks to allow them to open and shut smoothly and quietly. Magnetic strips and seals around the edges, base and head mean that they have a greater sound attenuation, and additional thickness can be added (85 – 100 mm) for extra sound insulation. Panels are framed with anodised aluminium for enhanced strength and style, and there are a wide range of panel materials and finishes available.
Using GDL Interiors
At GDL Interiors we have over 35 years of experience in creating a range of partitions, refurbishments and workplace solutions. Our commitment to high-quality customer service and workmanship has seen us build an impressive list of satisfied clients in the London, Essex and East Anglia regions. To find out more about our range of divider doors and sliding room dividers visit us online or contact our friendly team via phone. For the best quality partitioning in your office contact GDL Interiors today.
The Pros and Cons of Different Types of Partitioning
If you’re planning to refurbish your business premises there are a number of partition wall types to consider. These can range from demountable or glass partitioning to solid brick walls. Each type has its advantages and disadvantages, some of which we’ll take a closer look at below. The bottom line is, the type of partitioning you chose will depend on what you want it to achieve.
At GDL Interiors we’ve been helping our customers to find the right solutions for over 30 years. We know which partition wall types are the best and most cost-effective ways to divide workspace. And we’re more than happy to share that knowledge.
A block wall is very different from a glass partition, but essentially they serve the same purpose. That is, to divide one workspace from another. The advantages of block walls include solidity and strength, as well as good soundproofing. But, not only are they expensive, but also provide a dull looking finish which is less attractive than other options. The construction process can be time-consuming and disruptive, and that will be reflected in the cost. Good soundproofing can be an advantage in a room used for private meetings. But a block wall can also lead to a sense of being cut off from the rest of the workforce and is a permanent structure. When renting a commercial space a construction project for a brick wall is not an option.
In purely practical terms, glass is an effective, flexible, and cost-effective solution to office partitioning. There are obvious disadvantages related to privacy for people who work in glass offices. For one thing, they are clearly visible. GDL Interiors offer a Glass Manifestation service to add privacy to partitioned areas, therefore removing this disadvantage. Glass partition walls are quick and easy to install. This makes them more cost-effective, and allows for repositioning, should space requirements change. Of all the partition wall types, glass provides the most natural light and views of the outside. This is not only beneficial for the workforce but can also have a positive effect on energy bills. Glass also encourages less secrecy and more open communication within the office culture. This is something many bosses would wish to promote.
Like other partition wall types, plasterboard walls have their pros and cons. Although they are relatively quick to install, they produce copious amounts of dust when cut and sanded. They prove difficult to repair in the event of damage. Plaster also changes color slightly as it ages so any repair patches will stand out visually, thus requiring the re-paint of the entire wall.
There’s a lot to consider when choosing the right partition wall for your business. Call the team at GDL Interiors and find out how we can help you make the right decision.
Returning to Work: COVID-19 Workplace Partitioning
If you are considering welcoming staff back to the workplace, you will likely need to invest in some protective equipment to make your workplace safe in accordance with the government’s guidelines.
The government has provided the below guidelines for office workers, and employers must ensure:
- Workspaces are arranged to keep staff apart. The government has called for employers to consider using barriers to separate people and introduce back-to-back or side-by-side working.
- Face-to-face meetings are reduced and encourage people to see video or telephone communications wherever possible.
- Reduce crowding to ensure staff remain socially distant. Employers may wish to incorporate booking systems for desks or rooms. Employees must also be aware of social distancing measures in small spaces, for example lifts.
At GDL Interiors we have unrivalled knowledge in the field of office partitioning, refurbishment, and decoration. Many businesses up and down the country have already enlisted our expertise to assist them in installing workplace partitioning. For example, St Georges Nursing Home in Witham, Essex. We offer a variety of services and products for you to consider:
Installing desk screens can help with social distancing measures as outlined in the government’s guidelines. At GDL Interiors we supply a wide range of desk screens and can service almost every requirement your business may have. For example, from bespoke reception desk screens to freestanding models, there are numerous options to choose from. Find out more about our desk screens.
Glass partitioning services
Using glass partitioning to segregate sections of the office can also help to promote social distancing without impacting the look and feel of your workplace. Glass partitioning creates a modern, spacious office design that maximises on natural light and can be finished with vinyl and custom finish. In addition, this offers you the freedom to incorporate your company logo, colours or even the name of each room on the glass partitioning. However, it isn’t just glass partitioning that we offer, we also provide glass manifestation, demountable partitioning, fire rated partitions and operable wall systems.
Find out more about the variety of GDL Interiors office partitioning services.
Office Space Planning
At GDL Interiors our professional and friendly team will advise you on the best approach whist maximising natural light, flooring and storage.
We have serviced many fantastic companies when it comes to office space planning such as:
- CCS Media
- East Thames Housing Association
- Colne Housing Association
Our expert design and build team will come out to your office at your convenience to listen to your requirements, take measurements and carry out the required work. This can all be done in or out of office hours – whatever makes life easier for you.
Find out more about our office space planning services.
Contact GDL Interiors to find out how we can help you refurbish your office or workplace to help aid social distancing. We offer full office interior services – including office decoration, office refurbishment and office partitioning. Above all, GDL works with you on the project from conceptualisation right to finished project.
Thinking of Moving Offices? What You Need to Consider…
Moving offices is a big undertaking for any business. Whether you’re a large company or a small firm, the impact of an office move is significant. There are lots of reasons why businesses need to move. These can range from issues with a lease to the need for more space. When companies grow they need more people, and your original start-up premises can quickly become no longer fit for purpose.
Founded in 1984, GDL Interiors offer a wealth of knowledge and experience in refurbishment, office partitioning, and decoration. Here’s our breakdown of things you’ll need to think about if you’re planning an office move.
Things to consider when moving offices
Working out the cost in advance is key to any successful office move. There are a number of things you’ll need to take into account. These include the amount of furniture and equipment involved and any operations that need to be maintained during the move. The amount of office refurbishment that may be required at the new premises is also a factor. You might find you need an office partition wall to create additional rooms.
It’s important that you plan the timing of your move carefully. This isn’t always easy, as options for moving dates are often limited. A summer move might be preferable, as the weather is more likely to be on your side. If there’s an especially busy season for your business, avoid making the move at that time of year. Bear in mind that your business still needs to operate during the relocation. Once a decision has been made, set yourself a deadline, and stick to it.
You’ll need quotes from removal firms to find a price to fit your budget. But the cost isn’t everything, so look for personal recommendations, too. You need a company that won’t let you down, so check out all the reviews you can. You can lower the cost by doing your own packing away and boxing up.
Use a Complete Moving Service
GDL Interiors offer a complete moving service which includes the team going in, packing up everything. For example:
- And more
Items are then reinstalled into your new premises.
Refurbishment and partitioning
Before moving offices your new location needs to be fit for purpose. If the premises are not new, (or even if they are), you may require the services of a refurbishment specialist. GDL Interiors’ experienced team can visit your new premises to discuss your requirements. A well-organised refurbishment can create extra space and improve the working environment. You can also impress visiting clients with your smart new office, helping to generate business.
The layout of your new location may not be the ideal fit for your operation. Open-plan spaces may be too large, while other areas may need reconfiguring. Here at GDL Interiors, we have the expertise to provide the perfect solution for you. Partition walls can break up office spaces and reduce distractions caused by noise. They can also create more private areas for interviews or important meetings. Partitioning can be supplied in a range of materials, from glass and fire rated to moveable wall systems.
If you have any questions or want to find out how we can help, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
The Benefits of Glass Partitioning in the Office
The layout of your office space is a fundamental representation of your business. Your work environment forms the impression that your clients and customers will have of you and of your business. Employees who spend most of their time on your work premises also deserve a decent workspace. In addition, well-organised and structured space with a degree of privacy has a marked effect on productivity, happiness, and peace of mind. Let’s take a look at the benefits of glass partitioning and the choice of partition wall thickness.
Adding partitions has become a popular solution to using office space effectively and as a solution to unpleasant, cramped and cost-cutting open-plan designs. However, there are various types of office partitioning available:
- Plasterboard – Single or Double skin
- Glass walls – Single or Double Glazed
- Block walls
In this article, however, we will be exploring the advantages that a glass room divider partition provides for a business.
Benefits of Glass Partitions
Aesthetic Value and Design
Glass partitions are a visually appealing, elegant and classy addition to any office, and can bring a modern appeal. In other words, it gives the impression and feel of an open office, yet provides that crucial privacy factor.
Natural Light Source and Energy Saving
Did you know that glass divisions also assist with energy and electricity consumption, and conservation by using as much natural light as possible? Its transparent or opaque nature also brings about a bright and airy feel.
With glass sectioning, there are no structural changes required to the building, unlike that of brick wall partition, for instance. This translates into cost savings. There is also the convenience factor of taking less time to set up and install compared to other partition types.
Different Types of Partitions
Solid partitions come in two forms, either plasterboard or composite panel. They generally form part of a demountable system. The plasterboard panels get constructed with a single layer which is awarded a 1/2-hour fire rating, or double layer which gives an hour rating. The partition wall thickness of the composite panels is a 27mm thick honeycomb core, with an outer 9.5mm thick skin plasterboard on either side.
Glazed panels make use of aluminium or plastic sections to create single and double-glazed modules, utilised to a wide variety of elevation levels. Panels can be faced with steel or alternatively finished in melamine, vinyl and veneer. The partition wall thickness of the structure is based upon a 50mm thick nominal aluminium framework, and the aluminium or plastic skirting ranges from 100mm to 150mm in height. In addition, the aluminium sections can be customised in terms of colour, and blinds can be incorporated with the double-glazed modules. For internal use, we currently use a non-load bearing relocatable partitioning system, which provides a lot of versatility.
Operable Partitioning Walls
This is an ideal solution for creating an efficient and aesthetically appealing system for organised and flexible space division. These are mainly used in conference and meeting rooms, hotels, lecture halls, schools and restaurants.
Choosing Your Glass Partition
Glass wall partitions can be a temporary or permanent addition to your space and they help create the illusion of spaciousness with clean lines and angles.
Many different types of glass partitions are available, so each offers a different feel and effect. For example, partition wall thickness depends on the type of partition you select, and you can choose between pure glass, aluminium or timber frames.
Choosing the correct style to suit your organisation’s needs takes a number of practical factors into account. Therefore, you will have to make your renovation decisions based on factors such as what the spaces, divisions and zones will ultimately be used for.
Glass partitioning allows for immense creativity and freedom for custom detailing and finishes. When built into the structure of the building, such as branding by incorporating company logos, room names, shading and colouring, and textured or bevelled elements. For instance, decorative films on the panels offer limitless effects. We even create customised curved or faceted screen panels.
Contact GDL Interiors to find out how we can help you refurbish your office or workplace. We offer full office interior services – including office decoration, office refurbishment and office partitioning. GDL works with you on the project from conceptualisation right to finished project. Therefore we maximise your space, revamp, upgrade, and kit out a spectacular office space that you enjoy working in. Let us help you enjoy your dream office!
Office Interior Solution & Design by GDL Interiors
Welcome to GDL Interiors – We are a leading Essex based office interior design company, specialising in the field of office partitioning, refurbishment and decoration. If you’re just discovering us – here is a little into to our company and what we stand for to help you to get to know us.
Who are GDL Interiors?
Firstly, at GDL Interiors, we put quality at the forefront of everything we do. We are committed to our client’s satisfaction, meaning we deliver all projects on time and to an incredibly high standard, as well as on budget. Providing our clients with the highest quality service is our main priority, be it through our high quality office furniture, our outstanding customer service, or our range of professional services– no customer leaves GDL Interiors feeling anything but satisfaction with the service they have received.
Our second priority next to quality, is providing a service that is quick and affordable. Every project is different, hence our bespoke office interior design service, however, every project will be completed in a given time frame to minimise your office downtime.
The great thing about office interior design is that it is an investment that keeps on giving. Not only will your investment help to give your office a fresh, new and welcoming look, it will also increase the morale and productivity of your staff. A more motivated and morale boosted team will work more efficiently, all due to being happier in their new, fresh environment. The office is a place we spend an awful lot of time, so naturally, it should be somewhere we enjoy spending time.
Get in touch with one of our friendly team today to find out more about how we can help you transform your working environment with affordable, fast and reliable office interior design by GDL Interiors.
Office Fit Out Contractors – Top Tips From the Professionals at GDL Interiors
If you’re planning an office fit out there are several things you should take into consideration in order to make the process run as smoothly as possible. Embarking on an office fit out mission is a great time to think about how you can encourage creativity, collaboration and concentration in your working environment. Whether you are moving to a larger office space or refurbishing your current office space, these tips are sure to make the process as simple as it can be.
Why Use Office Fit Out Contractors?
- Identify your aims and budget: this one may sound slightly obvious, but it is the most essential starting point for any office fit out project. Ensure you consider what will work best for your employees needs and spend carefully.
- Consider time: all projects are different, some are more complex, some are quite simple, and all projects take a different period of time to complete. At GDL we work in a timely manner in order to minimise disruption, one of our team will be able to give you a professional opinion on how long the project will take.
- Space and storage: it is important to take into account how much space and storage each individual employee requires. Factor in storage space and size when looking at office space or individual storage areas.
- Lighting: consider how much natural lighting there is in your space and whether partitioning will reduce ambient light. If so it is important to plan how you will bring adequate light into the office.
- Power, data and telephone points: how many power, date and telephone points are required for each employee? Ensure they are placed where they can be easily accessed and are conveniently situated so they are close to where you plan to place desks.
At GDL Interiors, we specialise in affordable office fit outs with minimal disruption to your business. We understand that moving to a new space or refurbishing a current space can be a major upheaval for a business, and that to minimise disruption, the project needs to be completed on time with no hiccups. That’s why we pride ourselves on conducting our office fit outs in a timely, professional manner, ensuring every individual clients needs are put first.
Contact one of our friendly team today to find out more about how we can help you transform your working environment with an office fit out by GDL Interiors.
How office interior design and layout can increase productivity
Good office interior design will directly and positively impact employee engagement and morale within the business. We all know that a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast will work wonders for employee productivity, but do we consider factors such as the view from the window or the layout of the office environment. If you find yourself answering no to this question, you could be missing out on a huge increase in productivity. The correlation between good office design and an increase in employee productivity has been proven by stacks of research and studies.
Considering your office interior design does not simply mean jumping on the latest trend wagon, first you must define what exactly productivity means to you as a business. Is it getting work done faster? Is it making more sales? Or being more creative? Whatever your definition of productivity is, it can have a real impact on how your office is laid out. What works for one company may not work another so it is important to stay away from trends to avoid making expensive mistakes.
Fundamental Office Interior Design Aspects
That being said, there are several fundamental office interior design aspects that will have a positive effect on increased productivity across the board:
- Ergonomics: this is the most obvious factor that can have an impact on your productivity, simply because you’re going to be hugely productive if your back is killing you. Take some time to adjust your workstation so that no muscles are strained. Making sure everything is within reach and getting your chair/desk high right is a great place to start.
- Clutter: another obvious one here, but keeping a clutter free desk will massively improve productivity and organisation. As a manager you should promote a paperless environment as much as you can to really reduce clutter. We understand there are some situations that can’t be paperless and this is where you should promote the use of a filing system to keep documents tidied away and organised for later use.
- Improve your layout: take a look at where all of your employees sit and the location of office equipment and consider how you can improve the overall flow of your office. Try to keep teams sat together and office equipment should be in areas that are easily accessible for everyone. Keeping spaces open and easy to move around will have positive effects.
- Control noise levels: it is important to minimise auditory distractions in the work place, and the easy solution to this works hand in hand with our previous tip of improve your layout. Keep all office equipment that creates noise such as fax machines and printers in an easily accessible area where the level of sound does not have any impact.
Considering these factors could have a real positive impact on the productivity of everyone working in your office. At GDL Interiors we pride ourselves on tailor-making solutions for every individual client to ensure the productivity of each individual office is considered.
Contact one of our friendly team today to find out more about how we can help you transform your office environment and really help to boost the productivity of your employees with office interior design by GDL Interiors.
Fit Out Contractor for Schools & Offices
GDL Interiors carries out both office and school refurbishment throughout London and the Home Counties and, although these might initially seem like quite different types of project, there are a great many similarities. Here we take a closer look at what these apparently different types of refurbishment have in common:
What Do Office and School Refurbishment Have in Common?
Flexibility – Schools and colleges are trying to accommodate greater numbers of students and a modern, wide-ranging curriculum in the same space, just like offices are trying to provide multi-functional spaces for more employees. Whereas a company may have the option to move premises if their workforce grows, a school rarely does. So the emphasis for many school refurbishment projects is on designing space to be flexible and multi-use. For instance, classrooms which can be used for different subjects at different times of the day, or sports halls which can also be used for assemblies, plays and musical events. We offer a full space planning service to take into account your different needs and can offer a range of solutions to maximise flexibility such as movable partitioning and storage.
Incorporating New Technology – Offices increasingly need to plan in data cabling and power to enable up-to-date technology at every workstation. And schools are increasingly going the same way, needing charging stations and data connections for laptops and tablets to be used in all types of lessons, not just science or computing. Many of the school refurbishment projects we currently undertake have capability for new technology as a key driver, with educational establishments keen to offer the most up to date resources to their students.
Identity – Just as many businesses want to include their brand or corporate identity into their office design, so schools and colleges frequently have a strong sense of identity and history, going back decades or even centuries, which they want to convey through the design of their premises. Even newly built schools understand the importance of establishing a strong and positive identity within the local community. Buildings and interior design can go a long way to achieving that, through creative use of colour and materials. As well as helping to choose materials appropriate to your identity, we can also incorporate school logos and emblems on walls, windows or furniture in key places such as in reception areas, libraries, lunch rooms or assembly halls, to encourage a sense of cohesion and pride.
Modern Facilities – Office workers don’t spend all their time at their desks and neither do school students. Both need access to facilities such as washrooms, showers, eating areas or kitchens, which are not just hygienic and functional but smart and appealing. Many schools and colleges are used not just by students, but may also be used as venues for a range of other events such as conferences, training courses, evening classes or community meetings. Indeed, having modern, presentable facilities can open up valuable sources of income for schools and colleges, often helping to offset the cost of refurbishment. Our school refurbishment service covers all such facilities and can include all types of utilities including electrical and plumbing.
Strict Regulations – All refurbishment projects need to comply with a range of regulations governing the safety and suitability of buildings and furnishings. For instance, both workplaces and schools need to comply with DDA legislation, providing adequate access and facilities for disabled employees, students, or visitors, and we have a wealth of experience in helping organisations of all kinds upgrade their premises to meet these requirements, whatever the age or size of your building’s occupants. General building regulations apply to all types of premises, of course, but we are also fully familiar with specific regulations applying to different types of uses, such as the School Premises Regulations. All those involved in the construction and maintenance of school buildings have to comply with these regulations, which cover a range of issues likely to be affected by a refurbishment including toilet and washing facilities, lighting and even acoustics.
Hard Deadlines – Just as our office refurbishment clients need us to complete work on time in order to minimise disruption to their businesses, so schools and colleges need us to ensure that any work is completed within tight timescales, for instance within school holidays. We have a strong track record of project management to complete work on time, arranging our time on site around your schedules. One of the ways we achieve this is by managing all subcontractors ourselves. This enables us to ensure that all trades are on site when they need to be, to minimise delays.
Office and School Refurbishment by GDL Interiors
At GDL Interiors we apply the same skills and flair to the refurbishment of schools and colleges as we do for office projects. While there are obviously some specific differences in requirements, they are far outweighed by what they have in common – a desire to create inspiring, practical and durable spaces for human beings to do their best work and feel a sense of belonging.
School Refurbishment – Talk to us about your requirements today.
Solid or Glazed Partition Solution
Which are Best for Your London Office?
Installing solid or glass partitions is an increasingly popular element in office refurbishments, allowing business owners to reconfigure space effectively. Office partitioning is often seen as a solution to issues of noise and privacy, which have been created by the spread of open-plan workplace design.
Anyone considering office partitions will find there is a choice of solid or glass options available – but which are the best for your premises? GDL Interiors has wide experience of installing both solid and glazed partitions in London offices, tailored to the needs of the particular business. Here we take a closer look at the properties of both and show how each can be used to achieve different effects.
How Will the Space be Used?
Before deciding on which type of partitions to install, it’s essential to understand how the space is being used at present. You also need to consider whether any changes are planned once the new partitioning is in place.
The main question is, what’s the motivation for wanting partitions? Are you trying to solve a problem such as a lack of visual or sound privacy, which both often occur where staff are working close together?
Do you want to create clear divisions between different zones within your workplace, for instance closing off sections where different teams are working or separate activities are being carried out? Or are you considering partitions because you want to improve the look of your offices and create a more up-to-date, stylish look, perhaps including an element of branding? Any or all of these elements could lead to a decision to install office partitions, and the relevant factors will need to be borne in mind in making a choice of design.
Factors to consider
As part of the focus on energy conservation within modern offices, there is an increasing desire to make the most of available light. This often means choosing materials which will create a bright, airy feel, such as glass. Another factor to consider is sound. If office partitioning is being installed in order to stop staff being distracted by noise or conversation from elsewhere, or for reasons of sound privacy, then the chosen partitions need a good level of soundproofing.
The choice will also depend on the type of use intended and how this might change over time. Will the demands on the partitioning always be the same, or does it need to have a multi-purpose design? Do you expect the partitions to be constantly in place, or will they only need to be used occasionally and stored away the rest of the time? If the latter, demountable partitions would be the solution.
Other questions to bear in mind are the style of partitioning required, to create a modern or traditional effect, as well as key safety issues. Fire rated partitions are available, while glass manifestation avoids the danger of people colliding with glass partitioning.
Making a Choice to Fit Your Requirements
If you want to maximise light within your offices but at the same time enable visual privacy, frosted glass partitions could be the answer for you. This type of design allows light through but protects the privacy of people on each side of the partition, while also meeting health and safety requirements. Glass manifestation also allows the possibility of building in branding, by incorporating company logos.
If you want light and at the same time want to reduce noise distraction, then clear glass, or partial frosting, will provide a solution. This gives visual benefits of the open plan office, as people can see each other and have a sense of being part of a large team. Double-glazed partitions can help with sound reduction and it is also possible for blinds to be included. Switchable glass, which can go from clear to opaque when privacy is needed, is another alternative in this type of setting.
When creating a meeting room or private office where confidential discussions will be held, full soundproofing is likely to be a top priority. In this type of instance, where light is not a major requirement, we would recommend solid plasterboard partitions as the best option.
If you are seeking cutting-edge design, glazed partitioning offers the most up-to-date and stylish look, and will help to create a striking office design to fit your brand values. We also provide a range of doors to integrate with glazed panels.
Glass Partitions from GDL Interiors
Based at Witham in Essex, GDL can provide all types of solid and glass partitioning as part of a new office fitout or refurbishment. We have more than 30 years of experience and work with businesses in London, East Anglia and across the UK. If you need to arrange an office design, contact us now for more information.