Large Open Plan Spaces
Clients want large open plan spaces with no columns or obstructions or are looking to remove any existing internal obstructions in their current office space. This is the main challenge when it comes to office developments. Often buildings that have already gone through the planning stage will have a fixed building height and so we then have the challenge of getting an open space span supported within a fixed structural depth.
We often find that architects have designed the interior with a large open plan feel which is what the client wants but it is essential to get the right advice from a structural engineer so that the client’s vision can be successfully implemented. Getting this right before submission to planning will avoid the need to compromise further down the line, or a time consuming, and potentially risky, resubmission for planning approval.