New innovatively designed West End office development nearly fully let

New innovatively designed West End office development nearly fully let

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10 Portman Square, an innovatively designed office building based in London’s West End, is nearly fully occupied, following an agreement by Ardagh Glass to lease 10,250 sq ft of office space from British Land. Award-winning architecture and interior design practice Jestico+Whiles led the design of 10 Portman Square, which offers column-free floorplates of 18,500 sq […]

The weekly Insight newsletter is now available to view online

The weekly Insight newsletter is now available to view online

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In the latest edition of the weekly Insight newsletter, now available to view online; Mark Eltringham describes some of the most readily identifiable themes at this year’s 100% design, while Sara Bean hails Richard Branson’s adoption of a flexible working policy for his personal staff. The British Council for Offices (BCO) launches the much awaited new […]

HOK releases new workplace benchmarking report for financial services sector

HOK releases new workplace benchmarking report for financial services sector

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Architectural practice HOK has released a new benchmarking report that examines design and work-style trends at leading financial services firms over the past three years, including the finding that space is underutilised across the sector by nearly a half, meaning that growth can easily be accommodated within the existing facilities of many firms. The HOK […]

‘Overwhelming evidence’ of link between office design, productivity and wellness claims report

‘Overwhelming evidence’ of link between office design, productivity and wellness claims report

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A new report from the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) claims it has “overwhelming evidence” that office design significantly impacts the health, wellbeing and productivity of staff. Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Offices: The Next Chapter for Green Building reports on a range of factors – from air quality and lighting, to views of nature […]

Winners of Design Guild Mark for 2014 announced by The Furniture Makers Company

Winners of Design Guild Mark for 2014 announced by The Furniture Makers Company

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The Furniture Makers’ Company used last week’s 100% Design show to announce the Design Guild Mark award recipients for this year. The Design Guild Mark, now in its seventh  year since launching in 2008, rewards excellence in the design of furniture in volume production. According to the organisers, with the award of this Guild Mark […]

Much anticipated BCO Specification Guide update for 2014 launched

Much anticipated BCO Specification Guide update for 2014 launched

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The British Council for Offices (BCO) has launched the much awaited new edition of its Specification Guide. Last updated in 2009, the 2014 issue aims to cement the publication’s position as the ‘definitive guide to office development in the UK’. As well as its traditional subjects of occupier density and building infrastructure and services, the […]

Sound, settings, serendipity and other lessons from 100% Design

Sound, settings, serendipity and other lessons from 100% Design

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The trick with visits to exhibitions like 100% Design is to stay focussed on the wood as much as the trees. So as well as identifying the good, the bad and the meh, it pays to discern the themes pursued by the exhibitors and organisers. Leaving aside what was happening in the domestic halls, those […]

Universal application of open plan has led to global privacy crisis, claims report

Universal application of open plan has led to global privacy crisis, claims report

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A major new report from office furniture maker Steelcase claims that the universal provision of open plan offices means that organisations are facing an unprecedented privacy crisis with their employees. The claim is based on international research carried out by market researchers IPSOS and the Workspace Futures Team of Steelcase which found that a remarkable 85 […]

Indoor air quality and the quest for a breath of fresh air in the workplace

Indoor air quality and the quest for a breath of fresh air in the workplace

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The modern workplace has to work harder than ever before. It must reflect corporate values, express something of the organisation’s brand, allow people to work to the best of their ability as well as look after their wellbeing, keep touch with the pace of changing technology and meet the demands of an ever changing legislative […]

The culture of presenteeism is not all just fun and games

The culture of presenteeism is not all just fun and games

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Ten or so years ago an office seating manufacturer commissioned me to prepare a report on the games industry. The idea was to target a market the company had decided was primed to hear their message about ergonomics and the deleterious effects of long hours spent sitting and peering at a screen. Not only would […]

Exam board introduces workplace issues to psychology A Level syllabus

Exam board introduces workplace issues to psychology A Level syllabus

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One of the UK’s five main national examination boards is to introduce a range of workplace issues as part of its updated Psychology A Level syllabus from next year. Cambridge based OCR claims that Psychology is the UK’s fourth  most popular subject at both A and AS level and is also one of the most popular subjects […]

The latest issue of Insight is now available to view online

The latest issue of Insight is now available to view online

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In the latest edition of the Workplace Insight newsletter available to view online; Colin Watson argues the urban environment is an increasingly important part of the ‘virtual’ workplace; Nigel Sikora describes how we’re learning to strike a better balance between distraction and privacy, between noise and quiet; and Justin Miller bemoans a lack of balance in the […]

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