Five businesses have been recognised in London at the annual British Council for Offices regional awards.
Post-occupancy evaluation should be standard practice to ensure all new buildings meet intended energy efficiency ratings and provide optimum value for money.
NBS, the leading specification platform for the construction industry, has announced a partnership with the Building Engineering Services Association to help drive digital adoption throughout the building lifecycle.
Workplace design experts are predicting the pandemic could prove a major challenge to the future of hotdesking.
Global real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield has formed a Recovery Readiness Task Force to assist clients with post-covid-19 returns to the workplace.
The not-for-profit industry association for interior landscapers has given its website a thorough makeover to make it more accessible and useful to visitors.
The technology company Wärtsilä has received Leesman+ certification for the Helsinki Campus where the company's almost 500 employees working in the capital city area moved one year ago.
Into a crowded awards calendar comes a new scheme launched by London-based office specialists ThirdWay to celebrate the changing workspace. The top prize is £100K towards an office fit-out.
A new report from workplace experience research group Leesman concludes that a fifth of workplace change projects are not meeting employee needs.
The London site was celebrated as 'Best of the Best' at this week's British Council for Offices National Awards, topping a list that includes Interserve's Birmingham hub.
Private offices, open plan, hotdesking: getting the work environment 'right' is as contentious as ever. Into the fray steps Savills with its new What Workers Want survey.
A survey of young leaders in corporate real estate, presented at last week’s CoreNet Global Summit in Amsterdam, concludes that workplace design and flexible working are top priorities.
The British Council for Offices has published a revised Guide to Specification, which provides guidance on industry standards for workplaces across the country.
That's the conclusion from research carried out for property consultants Savills, which also found that UK workers are happier with their office environments generally, with companies doing more to help employees' physical and mental health.
Too often buildings designed for efficient performance don't deliver on their promise. Now the UK and Australia are teaming up to solve the problem.
The call for evidence seeks views and evidence on the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 for England in workplaces and the parts used in common in multi-occupied residential buildings.
A new report argues that though sustainable buildings are becoming more mainstream, there is also a lack of clarity around the costs and benefits of them.
Results from a recent YouGov survey highlight the importance of the work environment to office workers, with more than two-fifths believing design can encourage innovation and creativity.
Analysis from the international engineering group Ramboll shows that building systems are often over-designed, providing up to 50% more electrical capacity and 30% more heating and cooling capacity than is ever needed.
The security industry is being too slow to adopt and adapt to building information modelling. But architects and contractors are also being too slow to engage with security businesses.
Five office fit-out firms will pay fines totalling £7m after admitting to being involved in a cover bidding cartel.
Workplace design consultants Burtt-Jones & Brewer are celebrating their 10th anniversary by offering one lucky charity thousands of pounds worth of their design time.
The Royal Institute of British Architects, Chartered Institute of Building and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors have launched a new free-to-download tool to improve the quality of outcomes for construction projects.
Recent years have seen the big property services groups moving rapidly in the direction of becoming 'full service' providers and managers of work environments.
London's Bloomberg offices came out on top at the British Council for Offices' National Awards, taking home both the Best of the Best and the Corporate Workplace awards.
That's the conclusion of a new study carried out by the property services group JLL and architects Hawkins\Brown.
Five years ago, the management team at One Canada Square took the decision to switch the entrance lobby lighting from traditional sodium lamps to LED, a bold move as at the time LED in a commercial setting was still a new idea.
SIGNAL, the ISS group's strategic workplace management and design firm, is opening a new office in London to further strengthen partnerships with key account customers.
A new report from the British Council for Offices promises definitive guidance on supporting key people needs across an office building's lifecycle.
The corporate office FM specialist has published the second in a series of white papers exploring the evolution of agile working.
Bloomberg, White Collar Factory, Havas UK, Here East and 10 Lower James Street have all been recognised as some of the best workplaces in the capital at the British Council for Offices regional awards.
A Harvard University research team has concluded that green buildings can deliver billions of dollars in public health benefits, including fewer hospitalisations and reduced climate impacts.
Neil Usher, the man behind Sky's multi-award winning work environments, has captured his views, experiences and advice in a soon to be published book. He's also speaking at next week's Workplace Futures conference.
Two American universities are backing a global study that will examine how the indoor environments of 100 office buildings impact employee productivity and health.
More than 80% of FM professionals believe that building information modelling has the potential to deliver significant benefits.
Human factors-oriented workplace research suddenly seems to be very much in vogue: many would say about time, too. The latest comes from design and engineering consultancy Atkins.
The annual NBS National BIM Survey, now in its seventh year, provides a snapshot of the understanding and use of building information modelling across the built environment sector. The latest results are the first since last year's BIM mandate.
This year will see the wellbeing of employees remaining central in office design with a noticeable shift towards home-inspired interiors, according to design, fit-out and refurbishment specialist Morgan Lovell.
The 2017 National BIM Survey is open and inviting responses, nearly one year on from the government's mandate for collaborative 3DBIM on all centrally-funded projects.
The international design firm has added to the fast-growing view that UK organisations need to rethink their attitudes toward the workplace, as it is those attitudes which are likely to be a key factor in low morale and poor productivity.
That's what office-based workers want, according to a new report from the British Council for Offices and surveyors Savills.
The British Institute of Facilities Management has launched its latest advice publication, its new 'Operational Readiness Guide: a guide to ensuring long-term effectiveness in the design and construction process'.
Sheffield Hallam University is the first academic institution to win the Leesman+ award, marking exemplary high performing workplaces.
Keynsham Civic Centre & One Stop Shop in Keynsham, near Bath, was named as the 'Best of the Best' workplace in the country at the British Council for Offices annual National Awards in London earlier this week.
A new publication pulls together a broad range of research-based studies to offer guidance and insights on the design of work and the workplace with the aim of helping organisations to develop strategies that will produce the results they are looking for.
Anything to do with 'workplace design' often gets a bad rap in the hard-headed commercial world. If you're not Google or some bleeding-edge media company, do you really need to spend money on designers?
If you are at all interested in the workplace and what furniture and fittings can do for comfort and efficiency, Orgatec is the place to be. It shines a light on new products, inevitably reflecting the trends shaping organisations and how they work.
London Mayor Boris Johnson has welcomed a new standard for improving and maintaining accessibility and inclusion for disabled people in the built environment.
CIBSE has assembled a series of resources designed to inform building design and adaptation strategies to better cope with the threat of climate change.
Workplace foodservice experts Eurest will host a 'Workplaces of the Future' webcast on 14 May, bringing industry experts together to discuss what future workplaces will be like for both people and organisations.
The UK's first publicly available database for embodied carbon in buildings has been launched by resource efficiency experts WRAP in collaboration with the UK Green Building Council.
Lingering in the background behind all facilities management roles is the workplace, and the Holy Grail there is the design that produces the optimum blend of comfort, efficiency and productivity.
Ergonomics is the science of designing things to meet human needs. Ignore it at your peril in the design and management of the workplace.
Bruce Bisset, President of the Building & Engineering Services Association, believes the answer is yes; but he doesn't believe for a minute it will be easy.
The British Institute of Facilities Management is one of six professional organisations that have signed up to a new government-backed education project to promote accessibility in the built environment.
Important lessons about the design and management of work environments, at least within a healthcare setting, have emerged from a recent Design Council-backed project.
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is offering a new building information modelling manager certification.
BSRIA has published new guidance for clients, consultants and contractors designed to help public and private sector organisations procure Soft Landings services from their construction supply chains.
A shift is taking place in the way organisations view their employees' relationship with the workplace, as greater consideration is given to the design of space and the psychological impact it has.
Ensuring there is adequate and appropriate light in the workplace, of whatever type, is a challenge on which FMs, engineers and even some designers often fall short.
The Construction Industry Council has launched a series of regional building information modelling hubs around the UK in partnership with the government's BIM Task Group.
The American National Institute of Building Sciences is partnering with a UK-based building technology group on the development of new standards for building information modelling, as new research shows the demand for systems is set to grow strongly.
The construction to services group has unveiled an innovative solution that reduces the cost and time of school construction by 25%.
Building owners, designers and developers need to focus more on the role of occupiers and their requirements when specifying counter-terrorism measures in commercial real estate.
The removals to interiors group has completed the move of Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation to new accommodation in Thurrock Council's Civic Offices.
The demise of the mid-sized practice, a dearth of work in the UK and even the abandonment of the term 'architect' could all radically re-shape the design profession over the next 15 years.
The latest British Standard aims to ensure that design takes account of expected performance when new facilities are in use.
Development of the multi award-winning Heelis building nearly led Prince Charles to resign as patron of the National Trust, according to the Guardian.
Consultancy group Atkins has designed, engineered and now occupied what it describes as one of the most environmentally friendly office buildings in the country.
A year after the initiative was first introduced, BSRIA has launched the Soft Landings Framework, designed to make the building completion and handover process a much smoother one for the occupant.
Architects who face the trauma of seeing one of their buildings knocked down now have a support group they can turn to for help.
The UK Green Building Council has pulled together leading figures from across the built environment community to work together over the next six months to scope out a Code for Sustainable Buildings.
Claremont Group Interiors has completed a new Bristol headquarters for commercial law firm Beachcroft.
Having recently achieved extensive, and probably unwanted, publicity for its largely negative views on the quality of new school design, the public sector adviser is calling for a whole new approach.
Channel 4's Horseferry Road headquarters in London caused a considerable stir when it was built, not least because it was so far out of keeping with the local area.
Focusing on the whole cost of a building's life at the outset of a project saves money and produces more sustainable buildings for the future.
CABE, the government-backed Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, has stepped up the pressure on Building Schools for the Future contractors to meet high standards in design and operation of new facilities.
Office fit-out and refurbishment specialist Overbury has delivered a completely carbon neutral fit-out for ‚Äògreen' design and architectural practice Sheppard Robson at the firm's City Tower offices in Manchester.
The message of the government's flagship design initiative appears to have bypassed the third of local authorities that have so far failed to appoint a champion for the cause.
The Disability Discrimination Act has been with us for some time now - long enough for most facilities managers to come to terms with what it means in practice. But have they?
The National Trust's new headquarters in Swindon has won yet more recognition - this time the British Construction Industry best building award.
The Health and Safety Commission has approved the proposed revised Construction (Design and Management) Regulations and a new Approved Code of Practice.
The new Welwyn Garden City headquarters of pharmaceutical company Roche was named Best of the Best at last night's British Council for Offices awards ceremony. The building also took the National Corporate Workplace Award.
It's National Good Office Week, as declared by the British Council for Offices, whose annual awards ceremony takes place on Tuesday October 3rd.
Just when you were finally coming to terms with this year's changes to the Building Regulations, along comes the RIBA with proposals for more improvements.
Much of the southern half of the country may be sweating it out through drought conditions but that is not stopping plans for a radical makeover at one of London's most distinctive office buildings.
Land Securities has completed BBC Scotland's new five-storey digital broadcast centre at Pacific Quay in Glasgow. The building was handed over on time and on budget, and ready for the technical fit-out to begin.
Whole life costing is a fine concept, but how do we know how long building components are going to last?
The London Assembly Conservative group is complaining that the recent spate of hot weather has proved too much for City Hall.
A new campaign to highlight the impact of bad design on people and places has been launched by CABE, the government's advisor on architecture and urban design.
The Construction Industry Council has expressed its full support for the RIBA's 'Smart PFI' initiative.
The government-backed Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment is launching a new campaign to highlight the impact of good design on local healthcare facilities.
A new Design Quality Indicator, developed in partnership by the Department for Education and Skills and the Construction Industry Council, has been given its official launch by Jacqui Smith, the Minister of State for Schools.
The Scottish Parliament, certainly a building that excites strong feelings both ways, has won the 10th RIBA Stirling Prize, joining a list of past winners that includes 30 St. Mary Axe, Gateshead Millennium Bridge and the NatWest Media Centre at Lord's.
Jack Pringle, who took over as president of the Royal Institute of British Architects on September 1st, plans to square up to one of the biggest markets for built environment service providers during his two-year term of office.
The British Standards Institution has released BS 7000-6:2005 - a guide to managing inclusive design.
A software tool commissioned by ODPM and developed by BRE will soon be available to help with assessing building energy performance.
The US agency charged with investigating the fire and collapse of New York's World Trade Center following the attacks of September 11 2001 has developed 30 recommendations to improve the safety of buildings, their occupants and emergency services.
Delivering the keynote address at the Royal College of Physicians conference yesterday, Prince Charles renewed his criticism of the design trends that, in his view, have opened the door to poor buildings and bad urban environments.
Design and fit-out company Claremont has created the blueprint for a 'branch for the future' at Cheshire Building Society's central Manchester offices.
A converted chicken farm redeveloped as a groundbreaking zero-emission office building has been named 'innovation of the year' in the 2004 Regeneration Awards.
The Birmingham headquarters of PricewaterhouseCoopers has won the top award from the British Council for Offices. The PWC offices were named 'best of the best' out of nearly 100 candidates.
30 St. Mary Axe, otherwise known as the 'gherkin', is leading the field for this year's RIBA Stirling Prize.
The proposed design for the new 905-bed hospital on the site of the Royal London Hospital, the largest public building project in the UK, has been criticised by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, the government's design watchdog.
A new code, proposed by the Sustainable Buildings Task Group and backed by the government, will establish higher standards for energy and water efficiency, as well as waste and use of materials in buildings.
Tower 42, in the City of London, has joined the list of international contenders for the Building Owners and Managers Association office building of the year awards - a first for a European building.
Tanaka Business School at Imperial College has been officially opened by The Queen. The landmark building was funded by a ¬£25m donation by Dr Gary Tanaka, an Imperial alumnus.
The search is on for Britain's best 'away from home' toilets, following the launch of the 2004 Loo of the Year Awards.
BDGworkfutures has won a Gold Standard Award from the Association of Interior Specialists, for the design of Kimberly-Clark's European Shared Service Centre.
Chameleon walls and futuristic projection screens characterise a hi-tech fit out, completed by Overbury for IBM at its Bedfont Lakes offices near Heathrow.
Putting plants in the workplace may promote staff well being, according to a recent report. They could also alleviate health claims relating to 'sick building syndrome'.
Aukett Group have announced the appointment of Paul Newman as UK Managing Director with immediate effect - the first big change since its recent boardroom coup.
A proposed new guide to good practice in the workplace is seeking case studies focusing on planning, design and use.
The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment is to review several development schemes in public at the MIPIM international property show in Cannes next week.
Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has approved plans to build a 1000-foot tower at London Bridge station.
It costs more to construct green buildings, but the financial benefits of green design are more than 10 times the average cost premium, according to a report commissioned by a California government task force.
The ¬£14.4m Laban dance centre, in south-east London, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, has won this year's RIBA Stirling Prize.
Pentland International, the owner of sports clothing brands including Speedo, Ellesse and Lacoste, has won the Best of the Best honours for its north London headquarters building in this year's British Council for Offices Awards.
The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment has launched a new guide that highlights for clients the ten key factors that are crucial to the success of any building project.
The Grade II listed arts centre in central London has come first in a 'buildings we love to hate' survey, undertaken to mark the launch of the London Design Festival.
Sheffield based The Design Group is re-launching as DOMINO Commercial Interiors as part of its expansion plans.
Like other design and architecture practices, ttsp has joined forces with a healthcare specialist Freeman Ankerman and Hickling to focus on the lucrative healthcare market.
The new Cushman & Wakefield Healey & Baker HQ is among the final selection of a showcase of the UK's most ‚Äòvisually exciting and inspirational places to work in the digital age'.
A Bristol architect has become the 70th president of the Royal Institute of British Architects
Aukett has signed a strategic marketing agreement with US based healthcare specialist, The Ritchie Organisation (TRO).
Office interiors firm Claremont Business Environments is working with financial services firm Bradford & Bingley on a new look for branches to reflect the company's current Marketplace IFA branding and advertising campaign.
The project was a single stage ¬£476k interiors fit-out contract to the 6th and 7th floors of the 20,000sq.ft Eland House in Victoria, SW1. The building is part of a portfolio whose services are currently being tendered via OJEC.
The European Central Bank has chosen 80 designers, from more than 300 applications, to go forward to the next stage of an international architectural competition for the ECB's new premises.
The first phase of one of London's most significant urban regeneration projects in recent years, Cadogan Estate's ¬£120m redevelopment of the former Duke of York's headquarters in King's Road, is due for completion this spring.
Three teams of architects have been chosen as winners in a competition which aims to reinvent the town hall as participatory community spaces and span the gap between people and place.
The RIBA and the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment are hosting a one-day symposium on hospital design next month.
The call centre of Swindon-based mobile phone company Cellular Operations, has won a major world architecture award, despite competition from multi-national companies, such as Boeing and ING.
The European Central Bank (ECB) is holding an international urban planning and architectural design competition for its new offices to be built on a brownfield site in Frankfurt.
Following recent criticism of the quality of new buildings, especially those funded through PFI projects, Secretary of State Alan Milburn has requested every NHS Trust to nominate a design champion.
Area Sq, the Egham-based design and fit-out company, has launched a new contracting company, City Sq, aimed at the London office market.
Architects and interior designers tilney shane have redeveloped the West End headquarters of Edelman Public Relations Worldwide.
Architects and designers Michael Squire and Partners have launched their new London offices, incorporating a public gallery and restaurant as well as a new identity for the practice.
Another piece of BT's accommodation strategy is in place as staff begin occupying new 'Workstyle' offices in Sevenoaks, Kent.
Overbury, part of the Morgan Sindall group, has won a ¬£13.5m contract to fit out the new headquarters of BP International in London.
Workplace specialist Morgan Lovell has been awarded contracts worth a total of ¬£3m since the beginning of the year.
Museum and visitor attraction designers Sarner and specialist contractors ESP have joined forces for Liverpool's new International Astronomy and Space Centre.
BDG McColl Workplace has designed a set of transportable pod spaces to increase awareness of disability issues, and has entered the DBA design challenge for the first time with the new concept.
England football coach Sven-G__ran Eriksson has opened a new UK research and development facility for Ericsson at Chineham Business Park in Basingstoke, designed and fitted out by Morgan Lovell.
The Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham has been awarded UK architecture's top prize of the year.
Office furniture supplier President has invested ¬£80,000 in the 3D solid-modelling program Solid Works. The company previously relied on traditional 2D Computer Aided Design (CAD) programmes for its draughting and development work.
The three winners of last week's WorkPlace '01 awards were Volume Product Design, Keen and Sevil Peach Gence Associates (sponsored by Vitra).
Call centres are known for their monotony and high staff turnover which is why numerous interior designers have been called in to improve their working environments. But what does the future hold?
The Parr Partnership has been chosen to design a ¬£4.25m student centre for the University of Abertay Dundee.
Overbury, part of construction group Morgan Sindall, has been awarded contracts worth ¬£33m since July this year.
Sainsbury's has been granted permission by Southwark Council to redevelop its former headquarters building, close to Blackfriars Bridge on the South Bank.
Overbury has completed a 10-week fit out of the Highly Interactive Vizualisation Environment (HIVE) technology theatre at BP's research and technology centre in Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey.
Fit out specialist Overbury - part of Morgan Sindall - has completed the refurbishment of the new offices for e-Envoy, the government body that works towards getting the UK online.
Jones Lang LaSalle has recently completed a fast track fit-out of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation's new London headquarters in Mayfair.
The team of architects involved in the redevelopment of Arsenal Football Club has committed itself to a range of green measures throughout the design and construction of the project.
It is going to be make or break for 16% of UK Architectural practices over the next 12 months, according to Plimsoll Publishing's latest publication Profit Predictor Edition 2001: Architects".
Tall buildings are not pivotal to London's status as a financial and economic hub and are not a panacea to future housing needs, English Heritage has told the Greater London Authority.
Project Office Furniture plc has been appointed to supply furniture to Shell International's corporate headquarters at Waterloo, the workplace for nearly 3,000 employees.
Almost 50 innovative buildings across the UK and four in the EU have received RIBA Awards for Architecture.
Technical simulation is the future for predicting successful building structures, said German Harald Fuchs with Chicago Consultants, at WWE 2001 on Tuesday.
Redundancies are expected after BDG McColl, one of the last multi-disciplinary agencies left within design and architecture, announced that it is closing its specialist architecture wing.
The designers of new offices for two companies within the Ogilvy PR and advertising group were asked to produce an environment which would help to recruit and retain staff, as well as clients.
A workshop set up by the Office Productivity Network (OPN), which resulted in a new workplace design for legal practice Silverbeck Rymer, in Liverpool, increased fee-earner output by 15% in ten weeks.
Tower blocks may in some situations be the best thing going" for redevelopment in towns and cities nationwide but top quality design and location are key factors
BDG McColl has completed the interior design of Andersen's new space at Brindleyplace, Birmingham.
Despite CABE's report which favoured the M-Logic design, the Met Office has announced that rival consortium Stratus is the preferred bidder to build and operate its planned new home in Exeter.
London-based architectural practice, PriestmanDye has been invited to design a Concept Office for the Workplace '01 show to be held at ExCel this October.
Despite poor results from its UK business, design firm Aukett is sticking to its plans for European expansion.
The Royal College of Art has revealed its plans to extend the College at a cost of ¬£22m. The new building - called the ellipse because of its form - has been designed by Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners.
Dow Corning has opened a new Eur17.7m (¬£10.7m) Business & Technology Centre in Seneffe, Belgium.
BDP has completed its first office module for BT, which is designed as a plug-in" building with a fast construction period."
Furniture manufacturer HNB has launched Firma, a new range of contemporary furniture designed by Pearson Lloyd, including storage and desking solutions.
Scottish practice 3D Architects has lodged a planning application for a ¬£50 million stone and glass-fronted retail and office development to be built in Edinburgh's city centre.
Aukett Group has been awarded a number of contracts, worth over ¬£5m in total, in Paris, Barcelona, Amsterdam and Glasgow as well as projects in the UK for business space developers, Akeler.
Michael Squire and Partners is to design one of the final elements of the Koetter Kim master plan for Canary Wharf with approval today of its design for a 10-storey, ¬£40 million tower block on West India Avenue.
It's been a challenging year for facilities management on many fronts, and one more lies in the future of the office. We still need them, but what does FM need to do to ensure they are fit for a new future?
Facilities managers across all sectors are incredibly busy right now, as throughout the UK businesses are urged back to work by the government.
The Covid-19 pandemic is causing us to rethink what is important for the workplace and how offices are designed, built and managed.
With access to limitless data in every aspect of our lives, it’s about time that we really utilise that data to improve the world around us. Rob Charlton argues the case for digital twins.
Every January many head back to work after the excitement of Christmas, braving cold and wet weather and committed to ambitious diets and New Year’s resolutions. It’s no wonder many consider this their least favourite month.
Getting your workspace right can be a game-changer for any business. But how do you know what style will stand the test of time? What will the workplace of the future look like?
Given what we already know, why isn't everyone making changes to create these, asks John O’Brien.
Eindhoven University of Technology's Atlas Building is reckoned to be the most sustainable educational facility in the world following a 'smart' refurbishment.
As workplace needs and expectations change, 3D mobile mapping is becoming a key tool in building management, from construction to streamlining the process of maintenance and upgrades.
The subject of emotional intelligence seems to be everywhere, in bookshops, magazines and Twitter feeds. But how relevant is all this to workplace design and management?
Leadership is what impacts productivity the most, but not enough attention is paid to it and anyway, asks Sion Davies, do we have the right calibre of leaders in the FM and workplace sectors?
Managers and companies looking to grow profitably can hardly disagree that employee productivity has become the major managerial battlefield. ISS offers some advice on the concept of 'nudging'.
Leesman, the global business intelligence tool that benchmarks how workplaces support employee and organisational performance, has launched a new research report which outlines where the best workplaces are outperforming the rest.
Ahead of The Facilities Event this April, i-FM talks to sustainable architectural and interior design guru Oliver Heath about biophilic design, separating the fact from the fiction about this deep connection between humans and nature.
Building information modelling is not new. Nor is the tension between building contracting and facilities management. Mike Knapp argues the case for closer collaboration.
Can workplace design improve productivity, and is that measurable? Simon Iatrou talks to some of the key players behind The Stoddart Review about the report, its aims and the workplace puzzle.
Michael McCullen implores facilities managers to ask the right question when it comes to specifying a BIM system.
In February, Bouygues Energies & Services relocated its London offices to Lambeth Palace Road: an opportunity to design a new and innovative agile working environment that promotes collaboration and performance.
Life, wrote the philosopher Soren Kierkegaard, can only be understood backwards, but must be lived forwards. That sums up our understanding of some of the key trends in office environments over the past 20 years, writes Colin Watson.
Tony Cahill provides advice on transforming an older building into a flexible workspace, ensuring the interior works are in line with the latest in office practice.
Steve Fitch reports from last month's Orgatec, one of the world's largest office furniture trade fairs, giving us a glimpse of the trends that are set to infiltrate our workspaces in the near future.
Nigel Heaton explores a few key issues too many of us take for granted in the everyday world of work and looks at how a little more thought can produce a better result.
The poor performance of many buildings is a constant source of embarrassment to engineers and mystery to FMs. Building information modelling offers a glimpse a more efficient future. Bruce Bisset makes the case.
Legislation is removing inefficient lamps and control gear from the marketplace, but greater steps are needed to drive home real energy improvements in lighting installations.
A more responsible and strategic approach towards energy efficiency in the workplace is increasingly becoming essential for forward-thinking organisations.
Taking a few deep breaths of fresh air is the most natural thing anyone can do to de-stress and energise the body and mind.
Elliott Chase discovers a London landmark where trendy young creative types work in a remarkably conventional environment.
Bert Massie , Chairman of the Disability Rights Commission, argues that disability rights should not need to be fought for.
Marc Bird explains how one school has enabled access for the wider community through its Language and Learning Zone.
Having a detailed pre-construction phase undertaken before starting the design and build or upgrade of a data centre facility has a number of major benefits, says Jon Healy.
Received wisdom says that open plan offices are good for both employer and employee because they promote face-to-face collaborative working and, as a result, help harness creativity and improve teamwork.
Lately, there has been loads of copy dedicated to a very specific cohort of the workforce, namely millennials: their personalities, their requirements, what they’ll bring to the workforce and what employers shouldn’t expect from them.
The relationship between facilities management and the emerging discipline of Workplace has always been slightly awkward.
Adam Burtt-Jones argues that design has to ask difficult questions of other professional disciplines to make sure a space is effective.
Laziness is at the heart of many failures in workplace design, says Adam Burtt-Jones. The solution is to ask the tough questions of the right people.