There is a moral imperative to meet global standards in workplace performance

There is a moral imperative to meet global standards in workplace performance

Many corporate organisations now operate on a global scale, with operations spread across a number of countries and continents. But while they are geographically diverse, they nevertheless have a requirement to meet measurable standards of performance, delivered on a consistent basis regardless of location. If something works well in one country, companies want to be […]

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6 Bevis Marks, the Gherkin’s new neighbour, is ready for tenants

6 Bevis Marks, the Gherkin’s new neighbour, is ready for tenants

6 Bevis Marks – next to the Gherkin in the City of London – has been completed, with the first two tenants expected to take occupation in August. The mixed use building comprises 160,000 sqft (14,864 sqm) of office and retail space over 15 floors, and has been developed in a joint venture between AXA […]

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BBC announces further moves out of London to reduce cost of property estate

BBC announces further moves out of London to reduce cost of property estate

The BBC has announced plans to move more of its BBC teams out of Media Village, London W12, to bases in Salford, Birmingham, Caversham and other buildings in London. It’s part of the corporation’s strategy to reduce the size and cost of its property estate, invest more of the Licence Fee in programmes, and build […]

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Mace to oversee Old Admiralty refurbishment for DfE occupation

Mace to oversee Old Admiralty refurbishment for DfE occupation

As a direct result of the Cabinet Office’s programme to consolidate and modernise the government estate, the Grade II listed Old Admiralty Building is to be designed and refurbished for the Department for Education (DfE).  Mace is to oversee the project, which will see the modernisation of 18,000 sq. metres of office space to provide […]

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First female President in RICS’ history will focus on diversity

First female President in RICS’ history will focus on diversity

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has confirmed the first female President in the Institution’s 146 year history. New President of RICS Louise Brooke-Smith will give her inaugural speech today (1 July) during RICS’ Governing Council meeting in London. Alongside her presidency of RICS, Brooke-Smith will continue to be involved with the Birmingham based […]

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Workplace wellbeing increasingly incorporated into office design

Workplace wellbeing increasingly incorporated into office design

More UK companies are proactively designing their workspaces with wellbeing in mind as the health and wellbeing of office workers soars up the list of business priorities. This is according to Bostjan Ljubic, the newly appointed head of Steelcase in the UK and Ireland, who believes the economic impact of employee wellbeing, plus greater understanding of the issue […]

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Acquisition of Dublin office site marks strengthening demand in Ireland’s capital

Acquisition of Dublin office site marks strengthening demand in Ireland’s capital

A 1.7-acre office development site in Dublin has been acquired for €40.5 million by Development Securities in a joint venture with Colony Capital and two leading Irish commercial developers. The site already has existing planning consent for the development of a 166,000 sq. ft. grade A office building which would replace an existing five storey, vacant […]

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Where office workers would really like to work? Outdoors.

Where office workers would really like to work? Outdoors.

Last year, we shared research from Overbury which suggested that what most people really wanted from their offices was for them to be a lot more like Starbucks. Now new research from Steelcase Solutions claims that what people would really like is to be working in bucolic splendour, or at least an indoor approximation of […]

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New BBC Wales headquarters will be less expensive to run

New BBC Wales headquarters will be less expensive to run

The BBC is to move its main headquarters in Wales to a new, purpose-built broadcast centre in Cardiff city centre by 2018. BBC Cymru Wales, currently based in Llandaff in north west Cardiff, says it plans to relocate to a new 150,000sq ft. development in Capital Square – on the site of the current bus […]

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Deloitte increases flexible working rights to attract future female leaders

Deloitte increases flexible working rights to attract future female leaders

As employers prepare for new flexible working legislation, which comes into place at the end of this month; Deloitte UK has announced it is to allow its 12,000 employees more say in where, when and how they work. The firm has introduced a range of new and adapted, formal and informal agile working arrangements to […]

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Loss making design and build service withdrawn by MITIE Group

Loss making design and build service withdrawn by MITIE Group

Diversified facilities management services business Mitie has announced it is no longer to provide design and build services in the energy sector and will no longer provide mechanical and electrical (M&E) services. It has announced in its preliminary results for the year to March 2014 that the withdrawal of both operations will incur substantial losses – £25.4 […]

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Ska rating is shaping the future of sustainable office design

Ska rating is shaping the future of sustainable office design

We all know the ways in which we can ‘do our bit’ at home – turn off the lights when you leave a room, only boil as much water as you need, recycle as much as you can. At work however, it can be all too easy to forget and ignore the impact we have […]

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