October 16, 2013
For the first time, Workplace Week includes visits to two Government offices, the Department for Education at Sanctuary Buildings in Great Smith Street (pictured) and the Department for International Development on Whitehall. The DfE is just a stone’s throw from the Houses of Parliament and boasts outstanding views of several major landmarks. The building is home to some 2,000 staff who work in a flexible environment with 7 desks for 10 people. The Department for International Development moved to its new London HQ, the oldest purpose-built office in London, at the beginning of the year. The DfID has created a modern, flexible environment which encourages collaborative working, whilst being sympathetic to the historic nature of the building.
The visit to Sanctuary Buildings is on Wednesday 6th November at 2.30pm. The visit to what was the original Admiralty Office is on Thursday 7th November at 2.00pm.
Andrew Mawson, who has been working as an adviser to the Cabinet Office says, “There is a lot of great work going on in Government to drive forward agile working and make the best use of public assets, so it was important that we included civil service workplaces in the visits programme.”
Other workplace visits during the week include Mintel, Innocent Drinks, the BBC, RBS, KPMG, Network Rail, BDO and Lloyd’s of London. “I’d really encourage all those interested in new ways of working, workplace design and management to get involved,” says Andrew Mawson, “It’s a perfect way to find out what others are doing, get ideas for your own workplace as well as have some fun and make new friends along the way.”
The Workplace Week Convention is on 5th November at PricewaterhouseCoopers More London building, near Tower Bridge. The prestigious line-up of speakers including Curtis McLean, founder of Innovation Places; Keith Saxton, director of financial services at IBM Research; Jessica Pryce-Jones, founder of the I-Opener Institute in Oxford; Mark Sherfield, COO of global accountants BDO; Johnny Dunford, global director of commercial property at RICS; and Andrew Mawson, MD and a founding Director of consultants AWA.
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