A blog from CR Laurence... Much is made of open-plan offices being good for business. Helping to maximise floor space, they increase the feeling of inclusivity and encouraged colleagues to integrate and collaborate. Aesthetically, they maximise flow of natural light and an overall modern look is achieved.
However, open-plan offices can cause workers to lack privacy and be distracted from the work at hand and result in decreased efficiency – the noise from overheard conversations, printers at work and phones ringing can cause work rates to plummet.
An all-round solution to these issues is to include glass partitions within the office’s design. CRL Langle Office Partition range which includes the standard and XL versions, both offering a creative and effective solution for modern interior designs. The dry-glazed system provides a maximum transparency and an elegant appearance thanks to its thin, powder-coated profiles available in a satin anodised, brushed nickel or matte black finish.
The profiles can be fixed to ceilings, floors, walls and door frames for a complete look and are supplied with EPDM fixing gaskets available in black or grey. With no silicone sealant required between the glass panels, a clean and neat finish is achieved with polycarbonate joints that simply clip on the glass. The height of hinged doors can be easily adjusted and floor-to-ceiling doors can be mounted, if desired. The system effectively closes the gaping joint between the glass door, side panel and top light, making it acoustically viable.
Where noise reduction really is key to the installation, Office XL can accommodate 20 to 28mm thick insulating glass which will insulate sound up to 42dB, allowing employees to work with far less disturbance.
For a modern, urban look in any interior design, CRL’s Langle New York Office system features all the advantages of the Office XL system with a stylish, matte black frame. As all profiles are from the same series from CRL, the system is connectable via original angle connectors for a flexible partitioning system that meets the needs of the specifier, installer and end user.
New York Office is simple to fit and requires no special tools or glass cut-out for assembly; simply plug and play. Installed without notches, the entire system is screwed in and dry-glazed, minimising installation time and making it ideal for fitting retrospectively too. Vertical and horizontal profiles can be positioned as desired, which allows for a versatile design to be created depending on individual requirements.
Such solutions overcome many of the common practical challenges of open-plan office environments, creating an upmarket and productive ambience where colleagues can work together collaboratively.