Client focus as crucial as great design says RIBA

Client focus as crucial as great design says RIBA

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The architectural profession can’t rely on great design alone, but needs to be more business and client focused warns the Royal Institute of British Architects. According to RIBA’s 2012/13 Business Benchmarking Survey, 62 per cent of practices do not have a business plan and, of those that do, only 13 per cent plan beyond one […]

Shortlist for green business awards published on Earth Day

Shortlist for green business awards published on Earth Day

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Green charities, consultancies and a range of businesses that have helped to promote and facilitate environmental progress within the corporate community over the past year have been nominated for a BusinessGreen Leaders’ Award. The shortlist for the green business awards, which celebrate leading businesses and individuals’ contributions to the green economy is published today on […]

NHS Estate inefficiencies present ‘Hyde Park sized opportunity’, claims report

NHS Estate inefficiencies present ‘Hyde Park sized opportunity’, claims report

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Consultants E C Harris have just published the latest edition of their report into the NHS Estate which claims that the service has an opportunity to save around £2.3 billion a year in the way it manages and procures space. Every report needs headlines to go with and in this case E C Harris have plumped […]

High wire act: balancing attitudes and expectations in the workplace

High wire act: balancing attitudes and expectations in the workplace

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This week, with some fanfare and a modest splash on social media, CBRE, the Global real estate services provider launched The Workshop Idea. One of its stated aims is the revitalisation of our high streets and, with the introduction of local venues in a number of differing guises, an increase in the degree of choice […]

Fully mobile workplace for Cisco’s new Singapore regional HQ

Fully mobile workplace for Cisco’s new Singapore regional HQ

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IT giant Cisco has opened a new regional headquarters in Singapore that features utilisation-based space allocation that for the first time allows all of its staff to work just about anywhere in the building, using whichever kind of mobile device they prefer. The move reflects the findings of Cisco’s recent report which revealed that growing […]

Commercial construction sector grew in first quarter of 2013

Commercial construction sector grew in first quarter of 2013

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There has been a steady growth in the UK commercial construction sector in the first quarter of this year, according to international property recruitment consultancy Judd Farris. The commercial construction sector has experienced steady growth, with a resulting high demand for experienced commercial candidates with knowledge of fit-outs and general build. There is also a […]

Is facilities management evolving into workplace management?

Is facilities management evolving into workplace management?

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Not so long ago, there used to be a lot of talk about the overlap between facilities management and professions such as HR and IT, much of it to do with the endless search for the true meaning of the nascent FM profession. Now there is open talk of convergence of these three and other […]

Office design goes to the movies. Part 8 – Brazil

Office design goes to the movies. Part 8 – Brazil

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  A prescient film when it comes to modern office life, the workplace depicted in Terry Gilliam’s Brazil is that particularly 1980s modish mish-mash of futuristic technology and grubby antique with more than a nod to the offices of the past, present and future. Nevertheless he was able to anticipate both the current obsession with […]

Hong Kong’s pioneering zero carbon building wins innovation award

Hong Kong’s pioneering zero carbon building wins innovation award

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The Construction Industry Council’s (CIC) Zero Carbon Building (ZCB) in Hong Kong has been awarded Champion of the Innovation Award for the Engineering Industry 2012/2013 by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE). The ZCB, which is the first of its kind in Hong Kong engineered by Arup won the construction category for its integrated […]

Video: how we need to break with the past to optimise what we do now

Video: how we need to break with the past to optimise what we do now

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  Dave Coplin, the ‘Chief Envisioning Officer’ at Microsoft, explores with the RSA how we might apply technology in new ways to transform the way we work. He starts with a look at how we are constrained by the past, with the example of the QWERTY keyboard which was originally developed to slow typists down […]

Mobile devices set to outnumber humans as PC sales plummet

Mobile devices set to outnumber humans as PC sales plummet

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One of the sure fire ways to judge what is about to happen to the world’s workplaces is to watch what people are doing with their gadgets. So as two surveys are published that show the dramatic decline in the numbers of PCs being sold around the world, a report from Cisco has forecast that […]

Flexible working arrangements could help law firms attract talent

Flexible working arrangements could help law firms attract talent

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A new report from recruitment consultants Douglas Scott claims that a greater use of flexible working in the UK’s law firms would help them attract and retain the best employees. The survey of staff from firms across the UK  found that while only 19 per cent of employees currently enjoy flexible working, nearly half (43%) […]

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