Latest issue of the Insight newsletter is now available to view online

Latest issue of the Insight newsletter is now available to view online

The latest issue of our weekly newsletter, Insight, is now available to view online. This week: the UK’s largest organisations are warned they’re missing out on some of the opportunities presented to them by mobile working; the plight of workers with limited access to washroom facilities; why workplace design is anything but blind – at […]

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London’s living wall designed to reduce flood risk and improve air quality

London’s living wall designed to reduce flood risk and improve air quality

The UK’s largest living wall, designed to reduce urban flooding, has been unveiled in London’s Victoria district. Standing at 350 square metres with over 10,000 ferns, herbaceous plants and 16 tons of soil, the wall, at the Rubens at the Palace Hotel near Buckingham Palace reaches over 21 metres high. The wall’s unique design enables […]

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Communications gap hampering employee engagement and productivity

Communications gap hampering employee engagement and productivity

  A stream of surveys published over the past few weeks have indicated a deep rooted sense of unease and lack of job security amongst UK workers. Now yet another poll reveals that far from being keen to discuss career progression opportunities, many employees are reluctant to bring up personal development and career progression with their bosses […]

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Work to begin at last on major mixed use development in Leeds City Centre

Work to begin at last on major mixed use development in Leeds City Centre

Work is to begin on the development of the troubled former Lumiere site in the centre of Leeds after it was acquired by new owners. As we reported back in March, planning permission was granted as a way of resurrecting the site for a 195,000 sq. ft. mixed-use scheme including over 130,000 sq. ft. of commercial […]

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UK Government making slow progress on commitment to spend more with SMEs

UK Government making slow progress on commitment to spend more with SMEs

There is no doubt the UK Cabinet Office has been responsible for some commendable improvements in the Government’s approach to property and procurement. Yet, like most government departments it is also prone to fudging or spinning the outcomes of projects that don’t quite cover the department and its initiatives in glory. One of the sure […]

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Finalists announced for first global City Climate Leadership Awards

Finalists announced for first global City Climate Leadership Awards

Siemens and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group have announced the 29 cities shortlisted for the inaugural City Climate Leadership Awards. C40 is a network of cities from around the world committed to implementing meaningful and sustainable climate-related actions and the new awards aim to recognise C40 City members that can demonstrate climate action leadership. The winners will be […]

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Leave it out. UK workers are skipping their break from the office

Leave it out. UK workers are skipping their break from the office

The problem with the UK holiday season is that you never know where you are with your contacts. While one chunk of the population is away on leave, the other half is beavering away, and carry on sending out tons of emails, which the other half are forced to plough through when they return to […]

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Restricted access to washroom facilities leaves staff with nowhere to go

Restricted access to washroom facilities leaves staff with nowhere to go

Washrooms, as facilities managers are only too aware can often be the cause of some contention within the workplace, particularly amongst female staff, who frequently complain of having to queue to use the facilities. However, that inconvenience pales into insignificance compared to the plight of many council workers and call centre staff, who, according to […]

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CBI raises growth forecasts, but cautious on sustainable recovery

CBI raises growth forecasts, but cautious on sustainable recovery

A pick-up in confidence across a broad range of sectors, including services and construction and a better than expected second quarter has led the CBI to raise its growth forecasts, with GDP growth of 1.2 per cent predicted in 2013, up from 1.0 per cent in the May forecast. In 2014, the business group expects the economy to gather […]

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RIBA reports growing levels of optimism amongst British architects

RIBA reports growing levels of optimism amongst British architects

The July 2013 Future Trends Survey from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) claims that the levels of optimism felt by architectural practices about their workloads is at its highest level since the first ever survey in early 2009. The survey uses an index to gauge workloads and recorded a substantial hike to +23 […]

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Healthier people theme for this year’s World Green Building Week

Healthier people theme for this year’s World Green Building Week

The UK Green Building Council has published a calendar of events for this year’s World Green Building Week (WGBW) which takes place from 16-20 September 2013. The theme is ‘Greener Buildings, Better Places, Healthier People’, emphasising the value of green buildings to people – whether higher productivity for office workers, improved learning outcomes for students, healthier […]

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The latest issue of the Insight newsletter is now available to view online

The latest issue of the Insight newsletter is now available to view online

The latest issue of our weekly newsletter, Insight, is now available to view online here. This week: a report from Corenet claims that  global (meaning – American) space standards are moving closer to the UK norm; an update on the proposed merger between the UK’s largest facilities management trade associations; Simon Heath argues that when […]

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