The Shard evacuated after smoke spotted in basement of EU’s tallest building

The Shard evacuated after smoke spotted in basement of EU’s tallest building

Around 900 people were evacuated from the Shard this morning, following reports that smoke was coming from the basement of the 1,004ft-high building. Seven fire engines and around 50 firefighters were sent to the building, following the alert at around 10.30. The smoke had begun to dissipate by around 11.45, and this afternoon London Fire Brigade […]

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Many UK firms are unaware of new flexible working rules, or unready for them

Many UK firms are unaware of new flexible working rules, or unready for them

The UK is introducing new flexible working legislation at the end of this month, but two new surveys highlight a startling lack of awareness of the changes. According to research from Jobsite, more than half of UK firms and three quarters of employees are unaware of the changes and 25 percent of those firms who […]

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Property sector calls for introduction of mandatory energy standards

Property sector calls for introduction of mandatory energy standards

Ahead of the Queen’s Speech today, business leaders from some of the UK’s biggest property owners, developers and occupiers are urging the Government to end the “prevarication” around the introduction of mandatory energy standards for privately rented commercial buildings, amid concerns there is “significant opposition” to them within the Coalition. The UK Green Building Council […]

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Business leaders must do more to address gender inequality says Mitie CEO

Business leaders must do more to address gender inequality says Mitie CEO

The Chair of the Women’s Business Council, (WBC) Mitie Chief Executive Ruby McGregor-Smith, is calling for a fundamental change in mind-set from business leaders, to help remove the final barriers to women’s equality. In the Council’s ‘One Year On’ report which included discussions with over 500 companies and individuals over the last year, as well […]

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Commercial property helps fuel rise in number of new construction projects

Commercial property helps fuel rise in number of new construction projects

Construction growth in the three months to June was at its highest peak since the start of the year, driven by a renewed strengthening of non-residential properties, according to new figures from industry analysts Glenigan. Following reports from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) that the economy is growing at its fastest pace since its […]

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Better talent attraction and retention strategies needed as recruitment soars

Better talent attraction and retention strategies needed as recruitment soars

Employers are increasing their permanent headcount at their fastest rate since before the recession. Consistently positive GDP results, coupled with reports that business optimism is at its highest level since 1998, has driven impressive growth across the entire professional jobs market, according to the latest data from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo). It […]

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New guidance published on greening the building supply chain

New guidance published on greening the building supply chain

A major new report on the building and construction sector, “Greening the Building Supply Chain”, has been launched by the United Nations Environment Programme’s Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative (UNEP-SBCI). The report notes that while the need to understand and reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from buildings during their operation has become increasingly […]

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How Adolf Hitler’s desk came to be modified and used for another fifty years

How Adolf Hitler’s desk came to be modified and used for another fifty years

It would have been a bit early for Christmas anyway, but German authorities who have identified the desk Hitler used while working in the Reichkanzlei during the War say it isn’t for sale, despite the fact it would be valued at tens of thousands of pounds to a specialist collector. In 2014, The Associated Press […]

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Flexible working might help firms to deal with World Cup fever, claims ACAS

Flexible working might help firms to deal with World Cup fever, claims ACAS

While FIFA works out whether it wants to dig itself in deeper or climb out of its own hole in addressing the World Cup bribery scandal, thoughts in the business world about this Summer’s quadrennial festival of football turn, yet again, to the matter of how to deal with it all. One of the first […]

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New tenants reflect strong demand for office accommodation on Regent Street

New tenants reflect strong demand for office accommodation on Regent Street

In one of the most substantial West End lettings this year, global asset and investment manager, Tudor Capital Europe LLP is to locate its new UK headquarters to Crown Estate’s 10 New Burlington Street development. The firm will move into some 40,000 sq ft across two floors at the £250m redevelopment, which forms part of […]

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Green light (at last) for nine acre Birmingham City Centre mixed use development

Green light (at last) for nine acre Birmingham City Centre mixed use development

The developer of a major new mixed use project on a 9 acre site in the centre of Birmingham has announced that work will begin soon, after nearly ten years of delays. The £500 million Arena Central scheme was initially announced in 2004, then significantly extended and revised in 2011 to double the amount of […]

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Barangaroo South Tower 2 in Sydney is now Oz’s greenest large office building

Barangaroo South Tower 2 in Sydney is now Oz’s greenest large office building

One of Sydney’s landmark new office towers has just been awarded a 6Star Green Star –Office Design V3 rating, the Green Building Council of Australia’s highest environmental accreditation. South Tower 2 in Barangaroo South is part of a $6 billion carbon-neutral development alongside Sydney Harbour. The 42 storey skyscraper is part of a three commercial building […]

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