Whitehall savings boosted by property and procurement efficiencies

Whitehall savings boosted by property and procurement efficiencies

The joint Cabinet Office and Treasury initiative the Efficiency and Reform Group has exceeded the Government’s savings target by 25 per cent to make an overall saving of £10 billion, Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude announced today. The savings made include; £1.1 billion made by boosting online services and selling empty buildings and […]

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RIBA and CIBSE call for collaboration in CarbonBuzz initiative

RIBA and CIBSE call for collaboration in CarbonBuzz initiative

The CarbonBuzz energy benchmarking initiative, backed jointly by the RIBA and CIBSE gets a new online platform next week. The CarbonBuzz project allows users to record, share and compare the real energy use of building projects and to shed light on the differences between predicted and operational performance. Now RIBA and CIBSE are calling on […]

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UK employment recovery could take up to four years finds research

UK employment recovery could take up to four years finds research

It will now be more than four years before the UK restores the employment rate of 2008 – and jobs recovery could take far longer. According to a new analysis from independent think tank the Resolution Foundation, it is now all but certain that the current jobs recovery will take longer than that following either […]

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Shared rather than serviced offices could save businesses thousands

Shared rather than serviced offices could save businesses thousands

London desk renters could save almost £200 a month by choosing a shared office over a serviced office, according to new research. The Office Genie Price Index has revealed that the average desk in a shared office in London costs £335, while a desk in a serviced office was found to cost on average £513 […]

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Mayor confirms £1billion China gateway business district in London

Mayor confirms £1billion China gateway business district in London

London mayor Boris Johnson has confirmed the details of a £1bn investment in a new business district that will transform the Royal Docks into a 35 acre gateway project aimed primarily at firms from China and Asia looking to establish a business foothold in the UK and Europe. The site is intended to deliver more than […]

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Crown Estate in £320m joint venture to redevelop area around Regent Street

Crown Estate in £320m joint venture to redevelop area around Regent Street

The Crown Estate, which manages the Queen’s property portfolio has announced a joint 50/50 – £320 million venture with Canadian real estate company, Oxford Properties. The Crown Estate, which will retain the freehold and take the lead role in the development says the St James’s scheme will provide 210,000 ft2 of prime office and 50,000 ft2 of flagship […]

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Three quarters of London investment banks set to trim corporate real estate

Three quarters of London investment banks set to trim corporate real estate

According to a new report from CBRE, nearly three quarters (72 percent) of investment banks based in London are looking to cut their corporate real estate portfolios over the next two years as they adjust to a changing global market for their services as well as structural changes in the UK’s regulatory framework.  As well […]

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Wellness programmes largely a waste of time, claims US report

Wellness programmes largely a waste of time, claims US report

According to press agency Reuters, a long-awaited report on workplace wellness programmes, which has yet to be published, delivers a blow to the increasingly popular efforts by employers to address the waistline of employees as well as the bottom line of their businesses. According to a report by researchers at RAND Corp in the US, the […]

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Interiors Group wins new projects in MIddle East

Interiors Group wins new projects in MIddle East

Abdul Latif Jameel, a Saudi Arabia based distributor for Toyota has appointed The Interiors Group to fit out 22,000 sq feet of space in their new corporate headquarters in Dubai. The Interiors Group will work alongside the UAE based operations of  BDP and Whitby Mohajer to deliver the project. The contract is the latest success […]

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Hello, hello, hello. Latest issue of the newsletter is available to view online

Hello, hello, hello. Latest issue of the newsletter is available to view online

The latest issue of the Insight newsletter is available to view online. This week, Simon Heath illustrates the issue and offers some thoughts on an exciting new project from CBRE. Richard Dawkins has some of his idea  hijacked to make a point about ergonomics. We highlight Nigel Oseland’s and Adrian Burton’s research into the link […]

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UK employee engagement and productivity lags behind most of world

UK employee engagement and productivity lags behind most of world

You might regard the concept of employee engagement as just a new way to describe industrial relations, but there is a growing body of research that UK employers need to do more to keep their employees on side. According to the latest missive, low employee engagement and lagging productivity is the greatest employment challenge facing […]

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New Centres of Excellence for sustainable building design launched

New Centres of Excellence for sustainable building design launched

Centres of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design are to be set up at four UK universities in collaboration with the Royal Academy of Engineering. The new centres at Heriot-Watt University, Loughborough University, the University of Sheffield and University College London will form a national network to demonstrate and exchange best practice in teaching and research […]

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