First female President in RICS’ history will focus on diversity

First female President in RICS’ history will focus on diversity

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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 […]

Workplace wellbeing increasingly incorporated into office design

Workplace wellbeing increasingly incorporated into office design

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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 […]

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

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

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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 […]

Where office workers would really like to work? Outdoors.

Where office workers would really like to work? Outdoors.

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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 […]

New BBC Wales headquarters will be less expensive to run

New BBC Wales headquarters will be less expensive to run

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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 […]

Deloitte increases flexible working rights to attract future female leaders

Deloitte increases flexible working rights to attract future female leaders

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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 […]

Loss making design and build service withdrawn by MITIE Group

Loss making design and build service withdrawn by MITIE Group

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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 […]

Ska rating is shaping the future of sustainable office design

Ska rating is shaping the future of sustainable office design

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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 […]

New collaborative office design for Petronas HQ in Italy

New collaborative office design for Petronas HQ in Italy

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Building work has begun on the new 17,000 sq. m. European Research & Development Headquarters for Petronas Lubricants, the global lubricants manufacturing and marketing arm of Petronas, the Malaysian oil and gas company. The building has been designed by architecture, urbanism and design practice Broadway Malyan. The office – located in Santena, just outside Turin, […]

Gallery: Interiors Group completes office fit-out at Instinctif Partners

Gallery: Interiors Group completes office fit-out at Instinctif Partners

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The Interiors Group has completed a project for the design and fit-out of the relocated offices for Instinctif Partners, an international business communications consultancy now situated at  65 Gresham Street, London. The relocation coincided with the launch of Instinctif Partners’ new name (having previously been known as College Group) so the new design became an expression […]

Rem Koolhaas to create office design for new media centre in Berlin

Rem Koolhaas to create office design for new media centre in Berlin

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An office design by Rem Koolhaas’s architecture practice OMA has been selected for the new Axel Springer media centre in Berlin. The firm claims the design will encourage collaborative working and strike the right balance between the needs of people to work priavtely and with others.  The new building will sit on the site of […]

CBI moves to new flagship London office at Cannon Place

CBI moves to new flagship London office at Cannon Place

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The CBI is moving out of the Centre Point building this weekend to take up residence at its new flagship offices in London’s Cannon Place on Monday (31st March). The UK’s leading business group is leaving the Centre Point building in London’s West End after 34 years to relocate to new offices in Cannon Place, […]

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