Office design


Watch this space! We are currently on-site transforming an Orbit shell into the home of Make Events.

The Make Events team at their recent ‘Let’s Grow’, employee engagement conference.

The Make Events team at their recent ‘Let’s Grow’, employee engagement conference.

The corporate event agency who are the go-to in the North for the likes of Thomas Cook, PUMA and AutoTrader, is to move its 16 staff to a new location in Wilmslow.

Make Events will move its Cheshire based staff to House of Make, at Bollin House in May 2019. Currently based in Stanley Green Business Park, they have outgrown their offices as they have more than doubled their team from 7-16 members in one year.


Holly Moore, founder and MD of Make Events said: “We have kept lean for the last six years and stayed in an office space that wasn’t reflective of our brand but enabled us to grow in a considered and stable manner. We have now built up enough resilience to be able to give our team the ultimate experience as well as our customers.”


Toni Horsfield said: “It is a joy to work with such a progressive brand. Holly’s vision for the space has been clear from the start and we have been able to really tailor the office to reflect the Make Events DNA; quotes and all! I think it is going to be an extremely creative workspace with some very happy colleagues.”


In order to give the ultimate experience for employees, clients and suppliers, Make Events’ House of Make will be a collaborative, cool office. A creative workspace is proven to be essential in increasing employee enjoyment, talent attraction and attention and boosting creativity.


Holly Moore said: “The coffee and champagne will always be in abundance with the odd event thrown in too; we welcome clients, suppliers and local businesses to pop in any time.”


About Make Events -

Make Events is the go-to corporate events agency for the North’s household names, from Kellogg’s to Betfred. Whether you want to educate an internal team, motivate a sales force or simply recognise and celebrate success, we have the expertise to interpret your ideas and surpass your expectations.


From team building events with a difference to prestigious award ceremonies, from Manchester to Madrid, we will design and produce the event that passes into company legend.


Where Make Events go the extra mile is to think about every step your audience makes; from anticipating your event, arriving at the venue, being wowed by the food stations, getting totally inspired by what they’ve seen and heard, looking at their colleagues in a new way and putting what they’ve learnt into practice the next day. And then we make every moment count. By adding creative flourishes you haven’t yet imagined, using technology to truly engage and doing it all with superhuman levels of efficiency.


Office temperatures.

While we are currently feeling the chill from the ‘Beast from the East’ many people are asking;

How cold is too cold to work?

It is important to create the best working environment possible for employees and the office temperature is an important part of the design.  This is especially difficult in open plan offices where the temperature is highly unlikely to please everyone, but creating the optimal temperature can increase productivity. 

A study by Alan Hedge, professor of design and environmental analysis at Cornell University found that in a warmer office people made fewer mistakes as well as producing a higher output of work.  The ideal temperature, according to the study, is around 22 degrees Celsius.

There is no legal minimal temperature required for offices, however HSE’s Approved Code of Practice suggests that the minimum temperature of a workplace should normally be at least 16 degrees Celsius. 

Something that is rarely a problem in the UK is it being too hot!  Some offices, especially ones in older buildings, can become uncomfortable when the temperatures rise. 

There is no legal maximum temperature but heat should still be a consideration when designing your office. 

Employers should consult with employees or their representatives to establish sensible means to cope with high temperatures.


While you can’t please everyone, in the future we could be looking at personalised control with desks that have heating units and air conditioning. 

Italian architect, Carlo Ratti has created an office space for Agnelli Foundation, Turin in which people could personalise their temperature and lighting via an app. Ratti hopes this will provide better comfort and also a reduction in energy costs.

Image of Carlo Rattis Agnelli Foundation, Turin.  Photographed by Beppe Giardino




Office toilet design requirements

You can have a lot of fun with the aesthetics of office toilet design but there are HSE layout requirements we must adhere to. 

There are a large number of cubicles in the UK that are difficult to enter and to address this issue BS 6465 now asks for designers to show a cylindrical volume 450mm in diameter clear of all obstructions, such as toilet pan, door swing, etc., to give the user room to close the door.

A WC cubicle in an office were the user is unlikely to have luggage or be wearing heavy clothing so the following ‘standard’ dimensions and layouts can be used:

Image A  - ‘standard’ layout

Image A - ‘standard’ layout

Image B  - alternative layout with sanitary bin

Image B - alternative layout with sanitary bin

Both images show a cubicle with an inward opening door and a 450mm diameter space to enter the cubicle.  The orange area denotes the activity space required once the cubicle door is shut, and the width is also suitable for ambulant disabled users. WC cubicle doors typically open inwards, with the exception of disabled and ambulant disabled cubicles.

In image B the toilet pan is offset towards the door hinge side to provide space for a sanitary bin.  In this case the depth can be reduced to 1550mm.

The width of a ‘standard’ cubicle is seen as 800mm, however a lot of women find this too narrow and prefer a width of 900mm with an 800mm door opening.

How Many Toilets Are Required In An Office?

The team and I are working on a number of office schemes at the moment with a dirty secret, they do not have enough toilets!

It is something that is so easy to overlook, especially if your office head count has grown slowly over a number of years and if there is limited space it can be tempting to maximise work areas at the expense of facilities .

The minimum amount of toilets required is dictated by the maximum number of people likely to be present at work at any one time and is outlined in the tables below.

able A - Number of toilets and washbasins for mixed use (or women only)

able A - Number of toilets and washbasins for mixed use (or women only)

Table B  - Number of toilets used by men only

Table B - Number of toilets used by men only

So you have two options; unisex toilets or separate male and female toilets.

If unisex toilets are to be used then follow Table A.  These should be separate rooms that are lockable from the inside and include a toilet and washbasin within the cubicle itself. 

Fewer unisex toilets are needed than if an office were to have separate male and female toilets, however they would need to be larger in order to accommodate the toilet and washbasin.  Urinals do not need to be provided as the rooms are lockable from the inside.

If separate facilities are going to be provided then Table A should be used for the female toilets and Table B for the male toilets.

These facilities should be ‘adequate’ by law and this is clarified by HSE:

- separate rooms should be provided for men and women.  If this is not possible then the rooms should have lockable doors
- the rooms should be kept in a clean and orderly condition as well as being adequately ventilated and lit
- suitable and sufficient sanitary conveniences should be provided at readily accessible places