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  • 6 Minute Read
  • 13th March 2020

Disaster Recovery Office Space

All you need to know about disaster recovery office space.

Fire, flood, emergency works, structural repairs, infestation, contamination. Just some of the reasons why businesses should consider contingency planning and in particular, disaster recovery office space. When disaster strikes and you can no longer work in your office for a significant period, well prepared businesses refer to their Business Continuity Plan and move to disaster recovery office space so they can maintain “business as usual” with minimal disruption.

What is a business continuity and disaster recovery plan?

A Business Continuity Plan (BCP) is a plan for business that describes how work can be resumed quickly and effectively following a disaster. A Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) is usually a component of the Business Continuity Plan and is applied to aspects of the organisation that rely on functionality of IT infrastructure. An essential component of any Business Continuity Plan is Disaster Recovery Office Space. This is an alternative physical location from which businesses can resume work with minimal disruption in the event of a disaster which necessitates relocation.

Ten key benefits of an effective Business Continuity Plan

1. It can potentially save lives

2. It builds customer confidence

3. It builds employee confidence

4. It protects brand reputation

5. It ensures industry compliance

6. It fosters a resilient business culture

7. It provides valuable data for the organisation

8. It mitigates financial risks

9. It provides competitive advantage

10. It protects the supply chain

Disaster Recovery Office Space

Q. What is disaster recovery office space?

When a large-scale event like a flood, fire or contamination occurs, losing access to your office can be fatal. Disaster recovery office space is alternative workspace you can move into at short notice and recommence normal working practices with minimal disruption.

Q. What benefits does disaster recovery office space provide?

Disaster recovery office space is available at very short notice, in some cases, within hours. DR space comes fully equipped and furnished so there are no barriers to prevent work from re-starting swiftly. Contemporary IT, comms and security are all provided so minimal set-up is required. Several options for types and sizes of disaster recovery office space exist, from hot desks and coworking, to private offices and dedicated buildings.

Q. How soon can you move into disaster recovery office space?

In some cases where the office requirement is very simple or small-scale, relocation can take place in as little as four or five hours! In the majority of cases, disaster recovery space can be sourced and secured within 24 or 48 hours.

Q. How many people can be relocated in disaster recovery office space?

Disaster recovery office space can accommodate any size of relocation requirement, from a single hot desk through to the largest of corporate requirements for hundreds of desks. For example, recently several global financial institutions located in Central London have been testing back up offices in suburban locations in preparation for large scale staff migration, in case their main headquarters are taken out of action due to Corona Virus.

Q. What facilities are provided in disaster recovery office space?

Disaster recovery offices come fully equipped with all the facilities and amenities that you need to get your business up and running in double quick time. Typical facilities include:

• Private Offices

• Meeting Rooms

• Board room

• High Speed Internet

• 24/7 access

• Manned Reception

• Security systems - CCTV

• Central Heating

• Air Conditioning

• Dedicated phone lines

• Kitchen

• Break out areas

• Refreshments

Rental, utilities and facilities costs are usually covered by a simple all-inclusive monthly fee.

Q. In what locations can disaster recovery office space be found?

Disaster recovery space is available across the globe. Generally speaking, major cities offer the most choice of offices, but availability is widespread. An office broker service, such as Office Freedom, is best placed to provide independent advice and has access the widest variety of offices, as all providers and locations are covered.

Q. What are the most popular locations for disaster recovery space in London?

London is one of the most developed markets in the world for flexible office space, ideally suited to providing disaster recovery space. There are over 850 locations in Central London alone and around 1400 across the Capital. A third of Central London flex spaces can be found in the City of London and Tech City (Shoreditch, Old Street, Hoxton and surrounds). Midtown (Bloomsbury, Holborn, Farringdon) and SE1 have 165 flex locations available for disaster recovery and there are more than 300 different workspace operators providing space across London.

Q. How much does disaster recovery space cost?

The cost of office space depends on a variety of requirements. Key to pricing is the location, availability, number of desks, facilities, amenities, standard of finish, contract term etc. There is usually an office to suit most budgets and prices are negotiable. An office broker, such as Office Freedom, is best placed to understand the market and negotiate the best terms for its clients.

Q. Are you looking for disaster recovery office space?

If you are looking for disaster recovery space, talk to Office Freedom. Our experienced consultants have been finding office space for clients since 1993 and are trusted experts in this field. Our services are free and our advice is impartial. For a no obligation discussion about your disaster recovery office requirements call Office Freedom today on 08005244315.