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5 All-Important Considerations When Designing a New-Build Factory

There are plenty of benefits of building your own factory, including have greater control over the manufacturing process and solidifying your branding. In the longer term, it’ll also help you save vast amounts of money, as you’ll be able to produce your products for a fraction of the cost compared with if you outsourced the manufacturing. There is, however, naturally a greater risk attached to this approach, none bigger than the fact that you’ll only have one shot at it. With that in mind, we take a look at five things you mustn’t overlook during the design process.



Trust Your Architect


You have ideas about what you want your factory to look and feel like; your architect has the expertise to make it a reality. If you don’t trust them, then the project will falter at every stage. They’ll be the funnel through which all your requests flow, and you’ll need to accept any limitations they say you’ll need to work under. Everything will run much more smoothly if the communication channels are open and each party feels secure in voicing their opinion.


Don’t Forget The Employees


There’s a lot to think about in the design process: how all the machinery will fit together, how much it’ll cost, what it’ll look like, and so on. But don’t forget that ultimately, it’ll be the workers inside the factory who will be doing the bulk of the work. Studies have shown that happy, inspired workers are more productive than miserable workers, so you’ll want to create a space that is enjoyable to be in. Endeavor to make the factory light and airy, with a section of the building set aside for fun. If you’re looking at each decision through the lens of a worker, you’ll be on the right track.


The Factory in Context


Your facility won’t exist on its own, isolated from the rest of the world. It’ll stand in the context of all the other buildings around. As such, you need to look at what the building will look like in the wider community, as well as any of the pitfalls that might exist in its chosen location. A service like Rotor View drone aerial mapping can flag up any potential hazards before they become problems. Drones should also be used to show what the factory will look like from all angles, not just street level.


Don’t Ignore the Small Details


It’s easy to get wrapped up in the big picture of the factory, but it’s really the little details that will determine the success of the building. Spend as much, if not more, time on the smaller issues as you do on the big ones, because they are easier to overlook and will be the things the stick out most when the factory is completed.


Positive Relationships


In every step of the process, make sure you’re maintaining a positive relationship with everyone involved. Building a factory is a long, expensive ordeal, and with many things to take care of you’ll need to ensure everyone’s working toward the same end goal.