The answer to poor ergonomics isn’t buying different stuff for people to sit on

The answer to poor ergonomics isn’t buying different stuff for people to sit on

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A new survey from Fellowes suggests that poorly equipped workstations and a lack of training and risk assessments by employers contribute to the range of ergonomic problems that cost the UK economy an annual £7 billion. Their PR people have done a good job on this survey because they’ve managed to get the Daily Mail […]

Audio: the history and state of the open plan office

Audio: the history and state of the open plan office

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Earlier this year, the BBC World Service became the latest media outlet to discuss the growing backlash against the recent hegemony of open plan offices looking at its history, rationale, implications and our current love-hate relationship with the idea, including contributions from  Franklin Becker, Frank Duffy (pictured), Julian Treasure and Alexi Marmot  and drawing on […]

Facebook shares details of New York office design by Frank Gehry

Facebook shares details of New York office design by Frank Gehry

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Facebook has announced details of its new headquarters in New York.  The social media giant has signed a ten year lease on a 100,00 sq. ft. space over two floors of a building on Broadway. The office design will be carried out by no less a figure than Frank Gehry who is already masterminding the […]

First non-UK BREEAM outstanding award redraws the green building battle lines

First non-UK BREEAM outstanding award redraws the green building battle lines

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The jostling for position in the field of environmental accreditations for buildings has taken a new turn with the announcement that a project in the Czech republic is the first commercial building outside the UK to achieve a BREEAM outstanding rating.  The Tower at the Spielberk development in Brno designed by architects Studio Acht is, […]

Law firm Shoosmiths moves into new Birmingham office

Law firm Shoosmiths moves into new Birmingham office

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Law firm Shoosmiths has taken possession of its new Birmingham office. The Shoosmiths’ team completed the move to Two Colmore Square over the May bank holiday weekend.  This involved the movement of all 180 legal advisers and support staff to Two Colmore Square with immediate effect from its former office at 125 Colmore Row. The 40,000 sq […]

BIFM workplace debate focuses on links between FM and design

BIFM workplace debate focuses on links between FM and design

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Clerkenwell Design Week was the appropriate setting for the inaugural event staged by the newly formed Workplace Special Interest Group (SIG) of the British Institute of Facilities Management. The event was staged at the showroom of office furniture giant Haworth on the 22 May, during Europe’s largest exhibition of workplace products and services. It saw […]

Crowds brave the grey weather to enjoy Clerkenwell Design Week

Crowds brave the grey weather to enjoy Clerkenwell Design Week

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In contrast to last year when the sun shone and temperatures were giddily high, Clerkenwell in late May was distinctly chilly, with a constant stiff breeze, on and off rain, and even a hailstorm. The weather may have been unseasonably cold but that didn’t stop the crowds flocking to the most popular venues and showrooms, and several of […]

Interiors Group wins new projects in MIddle East

Interiors Group wins new projects in MIddle East

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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 […]

Why facilities managers deserve a seat at the design table

Why facilities managers deserve a seat at the design table

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For a long time there has been a distant relationship between facilities management (FM) and design, with FM treated as a post occupancy issue rather than a valuable consideration during the design process. The truth is that effective collaboration between facilities managers and designers can yield innovation and even better product design, be that in relation […]

Guidance on designing in accessibility for disabled workers

Guidance on designing in accessibility for disabled workers

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The government launches a campaign today using TV celebrities and disabled groups to help promote positive role models for disabled people. It’s aimed at building on the latest stats that show 81 per cent of people thought the Paralympics had a positive impact on the way disabled people are perceived. Currently they’re not well represented […]

New report offers latest evidence of link between office design and productivity

New report offers latest evidence of link between office design and productivity

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So, does workplace design have any impact on productivity and business performance? Well duh. So why are we still trying to convince managers when there is so much evidence and experience to prove it. The latest study to demonstrate the link builds on decades of research and adds further compelling evidence in a debate that […]

Artists sing about office furniture. Part 2 – My Chemical Romance

Artists sing about office furniture. Part 2 – My Chemical Romance

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  Roger Carr writes: I always like “Furniture music” by Bill Nelson’s Red Noise – but upon listening to it again it could be domestic furniture too. But “Cubicles” by “My Chemical Romance” is surely about the lonely disassociated world of the (unrequited) love sick office cubicle dweller.It’s a tough listen after Harry Nilsson’s desk […]

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