New Government department to focus on FM and office supplies procurement

New Government department to focus on FM and office supplies procurement

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The UK Government’s latest attempt at developing a centralised public sector procurement department was unveiled by the Cabinet Office yesterday. The  Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has been set an annual budget of up to £12 billion to secure a range of goods and services including facilities management and office supplies. It has a target of […]

News Corp move marks largest Central London office letting agreement in 8 years

News Corp move marks largest Central London office letting agreement in 8 years

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In the largest letting in Central London to be agreed in the last eight years, News Corp is to move its entire operation to all 17 floors of the Place, next door to the Shard at London Bridge Quarter. The Place, like The Shard, is designed by Renzo Piano and comprises 430,000 sq ft of […]

Facilities Show and Facilities Management Association confirm event partnership

Facilities Show and Facilities Management Association confirm event partnership

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The Facilities Management Association (FMA) has signed an exclusive partnership agreement with the organisers of Facilities Show that will see the two organisations collaborate closely for the 2014 event when it moves to London’s ExCeL. The terms of the partnership with organisers UBM Live, will see the FMA continue to play an integral role in […]

Green shoots detected for UK regional office rental markets

Green shoots detected for UK regional office rental markets

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There is evidence of improving fortunes for the UK’s regional office markets, latest figures suggest. CBRE has revealed national rental value grew by 1.7 per cent over the second quarter of this year with offices across all UK regions performing well, and none recording a drop in rents. The highest rate of rental growth over the last twelve […]

Active Building Design initiatives announced by New York Mayor

Active Building Design initiatives announced by New York Mayor

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The Mayor of New York Michael Bloomburg has announced a series of initiatives to promote physical activity through the design of buildings and public spaces to encourage architects, planners and urban designers help combat obesity in the City. The Center for Active Design, a non-profit organization that promotes changes to the built environment to improve […]

FMs must overcome engagement barriers to sustainability implementation

FMs must overcome engagement barriers to sustainability implementation

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There is overwhelming support for sustainability to be embedded into business operations, but still some challenges in its successful delivery, according to the 7th annual Sustainability in Facilities Management survey from the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM).  Of the top five barriers to implementation success, three related to engagement; engagement overall, amongst senior management […]

Dual source lighting schemes illuminate the way ahead for office design

Dual source lighting schemes illuminate the way ahead for office design

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Too bright, too dull, too much glare – lighting (alongside air conditioning) is often one of the most contentious factors in a workplace. Office workers need illumination to read, write, type and interact. Yet many workplaces get it wrong and fail to consider the downsides of poor lighting, and as such staff will suffer from […]

Cooling advice issued on managing soaring workplace temperatures

Cooling advice issued on managing soaring workplace temperatures

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We’d managed to avoid the topic “isn’t it really hot” on Office Insight but as the UK heat-wave enters its third week it’s become impossible to ignore. Employers are being urged by unions to relax workplace dress codes, with the TUC calling for the introduction of a maximum workplace temperature of 30C – or 27C for […]

Corporate Real Estate executives predict strong global economic outlook

Corporate Real Estate executives predict strong global economic outlook

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The global economic outlook is strong for the second half of 2013, while the prospects for corporate growth and expansion are also increasing, according to the views of corporate executives surveyed in June for the new CoreNet Global Confidence Index. Nearly two-thirds (62.5%) rated their outlook on the global economy for the coming six months […]

EU opens consultation on reducing the environmental impact of buildings

EU opens consultation on reducing the environmental impact of buildings

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The European Commission is gathering views on how to reduce the environmental impacts of buildings. The consultation will focus on resources such as materials (including waste), water and embedded energy and aims to address resource use and related environmental impacts throughout the life-cycle of buildings, from the extraction of building materials to demolition and recycling […]

UK government falling behind in plans to modernise its workplaces

UK government falling behind in plans to modernise its workplaces

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The UK government has conceded that it is falling significantly behind in its plans to create a modern workplace involving a more flexible working environment for public sector employees. The plans were outlined in the Civil Service Reform Plan a year ago with the aim to create a “decent working environment for all staff, with […]

The challenge in Silicon Alley is providing the right quantity and quality of office space

The challenge in Silicon Alley is providing the right quantity and quality of office space

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News emerges from BNP Paribas that the most dynamic occupiers in Western European property markets belong to the technology, media and telecoms (TMT) sector and that the most important market in the region is London. This comes as no surprise given the plans of Google to move to its new home in King’s Cross and […]

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