$16m revamp of High Commission in London to showcase Canada’s identity

$16m revamp of High Commission in London to showcase Canada’s identity

As part of the Canadian government’s consolidation of its diplomatic mission in the UK, it has put up for sale MacDonald House in Grosvenor Square in London and will look to develop its other main building Canada House in Trafalgar Square. MacDonald House was formerly the American Embassy until 1961 and the Canadian Government has […]

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Tax breaks for work health schemes welcomed

Tax breaks for work health schemes welcomed

The inclusion in the 2013 Budget of plans to include tax breaks for employers to run health initiatives that help encourage those on sick leave back to work has been welcomed by health and wellbeing experts. The Chancellor has announced that the Government would introduce a targeted tax relief, so amounts up to £500 paid […]

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Building Information Modelling is unstoppable finds survey

Building Information Modelling is unstoppable finds survey

Nearly three quarters (71 per cent) of building design and construction experts agree that BIM (Building Information Modelling) represents “the future of project information” and 39 per cent confirmed that they are already using it. But the annual industry-wide BIM survey, undertaken by NBS, reveals a lack of clarity around the subject which could prove […]

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Rise in jobless figures puts pressure on Chancellor

Rise in jobless figures puts pressure on Chancellor

There is more pressure on Chancellor George Osborne ahead of today’s budget with the news that uemployment rose by 7,000 to 2.52 million between November and January. However the overall unemployment rate for November 2012 to January 2013 remained at 7.8 per cent, unchanged from August to October 2012. The latest figures from the Office […]

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Japan’s Toyo Ito wins 2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize

Japan’s Toyo Ito wins 2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize

The 2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize, considered architecture’s highest accolade is to go to Toyo Ito, a 71 year old Japanese architect whose work includes the Sendai Mediatheque library in Sendai City, Japan, which withstood the 2011 earthquake, Tokyo’s Tama Art University Library, and London’s 2002 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion. Ito, whose architectural practice is based in […]

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Survey: Work and poor management biggest cause of stress

Survey: Work and poor management biggest cause of stress

Work is the most stressful factor in people’s lives with one in three people (34 per cent) saying their work life was either very or quite stressful – and the top cause (32 per cent) is frustration with poor management. Research commissioned by Mind found work more stressful than debt or financial problems (30 per […]

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Olympic dream lives on at Heathrow’s Terminal 1

Olympic dream lives on at Heathrow’s Terminal 1

Missing the fervour of the London 2012 Olympics? Then take a flight to Heathrow. If you’re travelling from within the UK and Ireland or on certain international flights such as San Francisco and Cape Town you’ll get to re-experience the park themed “Games terminal” which was last used during last year’s Olympics. Terminal 1’s gate […]

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New procurement systems to make it easier to bid for Government work

New procurement systems to make it easier to bid for Government work

The Cabinet Office has unveiled a new centralised system that it claims will make it easier and cheaper for suppliers to compete for government and public sector work  because they will only have to register once to have access to a range of contracts. Currently, suppliers to government and the public sector have to register […]

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Two thirds of workers sit at desk over six hours a day

Two thirds of workers sit at desk over six hours a day

Two-thirds of office workers sit at their desk for over six hours a day – putting themselves at risk of back complaints. A survey by Office Angels found that 63 per cent of workers spend six hours or more sitting at their desk, over half (51 per cent) slouch in their chair and nearly half […]

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London’s Fit Cities event explores architecture and wellness

London’s Fit Cities event explores architecture and wellness

London is host this week to an event that brings together architects, planners, designers, developers, and public health professionals to explore how building design and policy decisions can make communities healthier, helping prevent diseases such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease and some cancers. The Greater London Authority is holding the event in the wake of […]

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Gone est Lumiere: Leeds approves new city centre office blocks

Gone est Lumiere: Leeds approves new city centre office blocks

Plans for two buildings on the site of the failed Lumiere mixed use skyscraper project in Leeds have won planning approval. The new Central Square scheme in the city centre  will deliver 262,000 sq.ft. of office space in two new buildings, one consisting of 89,000 sq.ft. over eight floors and a larger 11 storey building […]

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Half of workers feel pressured to come to work when ill

Half of workers feel pressured to come to work when ill

  You’ve nearly made it through the week and feel like rewarding yourself with a duvet day? Think again, the more realistic picture is you’ve a horrible virus but have staggered into work regardless, rather than risk the wrath of a disbelieving boss. New research this week found that nearly half of all workers feel […]

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