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Work, workplace, risk: shaping property in 2021

Ten trends, all in play now, will shape the commercial real estate industry in the coming year.

Workplace: the future is more human-centric

The workplace of the future will be versatile and hybrid, focusing on employee-centric solutions, according to a global survey.

Workplace: a post-Covid flight to quality

The next three to five years will see a strong focus on flexibility, demanded by both workers and corporates, relating to work activity, space and location.

A “radically collaborative” approach to sustainability

The UK Green Building Council has announced a new partnership with Enfield Council, seeking radical solutions for the delivery of sustainability on large schemes.

A hub & spoke future?

Over a third of business leaders are considering downsizing their primary office space and shifting towards smaller satellite offices.

BCO reveals London award winners

Five businesses have been recognised in London at the annual British Council for Offices regional awards.

Is flex space the answer?

It could be, says a new report, at least for many UK occupiers facing an uncertain future and needing an alternative to traditional corporate accommodation.

Commercial property: time for a change

For a whole series of reasons there is change underway in the property world, but underlying this is a more fundamental question: what is property actually for?

Calls for POE on all publicly funded buildings

Post-occupancy evaluation should be standard practice to ensure all new buildings meet intended energy efficiency ratings and provide optimum value for money.

C&W enters flex space market

Cushman & Wakefield, the global real estate services firm, has teamed up with workplace operator Industrious to offer a flexible space solution.

MoJ's "naïve" approach to outsourcing slammed

A new report condemns the Ministry of Justice and HM Prison and Probation Service's "failure" in attempts to improve the condition and suitability of the prison estate.

Less space, close to transport 

As Londoners start to return to the city, flexible space providers are seeing some clear trends emerge.

JLL identifies priorities for the property sector

Ensuring climate resilience and the transition to net zero carbon, delivering healthy buildings, and creating a fair society are all essential in a post-Covid-19 recovery.

CEOs see 'enduring shift' in office use

More than two-thirds of UK CEOs believe there will be a shift towards low density office usage as a consequence of the Covid-19 experience.

Net zero buildings: UKGBC turns to crowdsourcing

The UK Green Building Council is testing a new strategy for developing solutions to the built environment industry's carbon reduction challenge.

Online tool aims to get office occupiers thinking

A property consultancy has launched an online service to help organisations determine what their occupancy requirements will be in preparation for employees returning to the office.

Different sort of virus hits data centre plans

Cyber attacks will always be a worry, but Covid-19 has pushed its way towards the top of the list of issues shaping decisions around sourcing and managing data centre space.

RICS survey sees change coming

Occupier demand for floorspace is down across the board, not surprisingly, but the future looks different too.

We have seen the future and it is mixed

A report from property advisors JLL concludes that the pandemic working-from-home experiment is forcing companies to re-imagine the future of work and question the purpose of the office.

UKGBC opens consultation on social value

The UK Green Building Council is canvassing views on a definition of social value for the built environment sector.

Flex space: JLL benefits from Serendipity

Another vote in favour of a flexible workspace future as US provider Serendipity Labs appoints the property services group to develop a series of UK locations over the next two years.

Construction turns the focus to values

UK construction could soon be on the verge of a fundamental shift towards value-based decision-making involving all key stakeholders in a project.

Coronavirus driving demand for flexible space

The trend towards workplace mobility was not created as a result of the pandemic, but it was certainly accelerated by it.

Avison Young launches cost containment service

The new offer aims to support strategy development for a post-Covid environment, while building for a resilient and sustainable future.

The future of global office demand

A new report argues that increased working from home doesn't equate to reduced demand for office space. The situation is more complex than that.

KPMG and Planon extend technology cooperation

The business advisors and the software group are moving their collaboration to 'the next level', with the signing of a partnership agreement.

9 to 5 is so in the past

That's the conclusion of a survey of building occupiers carried out by CoreNet Global, the corporate real estate professionals group.

Offices are vital, but need to change

Property services group Savills has published the results of a survey of its clients, and it is clear that change is on the cards.

Businesses look to more remote working

71% of UK businesses are planning to permanently adopt flexible and agile working practices post the Covid-19 lockdown.

The future looks different

If the weight of opinion in survey research is a reliable indicator, there's no way the UK is going back to pre-Covid patterns once lockdown is lifted and 'normal' returns.

CBRE tests occupier sentiment

Occupiers across EMEA are planning to increase investment in technology, driven in large part by a post-lockdown focus on the employee experience.

Looking ahead: what happens when PFI contracts end?

Many public sector bodies risk underestimating the time, resources and complexity involved in managing the end of PFI contracts.

Property: corporates looking for more flexibility

Demand by corporate owners to release capital from their real estate assets is increasing, spurred along by the Covid-19 pandemic.

NBS and BESA partner to join-up digital construction

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.

The future of the workplace: a mix of locations

The results of a global survey on working from home during the pandemic point toward a shift from office-based to a "total workplace ecosystem", balancing office, home and other locations.

JLL cites need for green, inclusive recovery

"Covid-19 has shown both the fragility and the resilience of society and the ecosystem, and as we enter the recovery period we must take the opportunity to build back better by focusing on a green and just recovery."

Employers plan cautious return

Most companies plan to take a gradual approach to bringing employees back to their workplaces as governments begin to lift restrictions tied to Covid-19.

Property sector hit hard by pandemic

A snap poll by industry journal Property Week has found that over half of the companies covered have furloughed staff.

UKGBC offers guidance on social value measurement

The UK Green Building Council has published new guidance aiming to de-mystify the practice of measuring the social value of buildings and places.

BCO: looking at change in the workplace

Screens to protect receptionists, touchless unisex toilets and reduced occupational density are all likely to be features of the post Covid-19 workplace.

JLL in second net zero move

To mark yesterday's Earth Day the property services group announced a plan to cut carbon emissions by two-thirds.

C&W launches post-covid recovery service

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.

MRI Software buys social housing specialist

The real estate software solutions company is set to acquire Castleton Technology Plc, a provider of specialist software and services to the social housing sector.

Leesman unveils covid-19 research initiative

The workplace assessment specialist, backed by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the International Facility Management Association, has launched a fast-track initiative to look into the impacts of covid-19 on FM and real estate.

Property industry looking for support for NHS

Property professionals have come together to back a dedicated website for offers of space, supplies and support that will help in fighting the covid-19 epidemic.

BESA offers guidance on building shut-down

With thousands of people now working from home or prevented from travelling, many commercial buildings are moving into shutdown mode.

Industry to provide buildings for key workers

Organisations representing thousands of professionals across the surveying, architectural and planning specialisms have written to the Prime Minister to offer their help in fighting back against the growing coronavirus epidemic.

Real estate companies drive energy reductions

The latest benchmarking report from the Better Buildings Partnership shows a continued fall in commercial property energy consumption.

Sustainable buildings pay: new research

Sustainable office buildings can deliver financial benefits to investors through a combination of higher rents and stronger leasing velocity.

Cushman & Wakefield unveils flexible workspace service

The property services group has joined others in the business, along with developers and property owners, with the launch of a flex offering.

Property industry launches best practice framework

A new framework aims to advance the social, environmental and economic benefits of responsible business practices across the real estate sector.

Professional bodies take on climate change

Twenty-five built environment professional bodies have pledged to work together to tackle climate change.

Calls for new safety regulator to have more power

As the board charged with implementing the new Building Safety Regulator meets and government begins to frame its legislation, a leading construction body has called for enhanced powers for the Regulator.

Fire safety consultation opens

The International Fire Safety Standards Coalition is seeking the views of industry experts on the development of the first global standard on fire safety.

UKGBC launches net zero resources

The UK Green Building Council has launched a catalogue of case studies profiling projects that demonstrate innovative approaches to achieving net zero carbon buildings.

Looking to the regions

Crane surveys show business buoyant in construction markets in four cities around the UK, no doubt tipping a growth in FM opportunities too.

Corporate real estate: what to expect in 2020

January is the traditional time to make predictions and resolutions for the year ahead and so it was that CoreNet UK brought together a panel to debate the big issues facing the industry. Cathy Hayward reports.

The future of work is the future of the city

A poll of over 30,000 full- and part-time workers across 50 cities in 18 countries has found people significantly more optimistic about their local communities than the state of their nations.

New advice for offices targeting net zero

The UK Green Building Council has published new energy performance targets for commercial offices that are aiming to achieve net zero carbon in operation.

Is coworking the answer?

The system of shared office space that offers tenants shorter leases and plug-and-pay spaces has made a big impact on the property world. But what's really behind its appeal, and does it have a long-term future?

Property group plans sustainability forum

An investors and developers group is inviting major corporate occupiers to collaborate in a new owner-occupier forum on sustainability issues.

Energy match-making platform launches

PowerPaired aims to link community energy groups and owners of land or property with renewable energy and energy saving potential to deliver social and environmental impact.

Knight Frank unveils flexible workspace offer

It's beginning to look like the corporate property advisors' must-have. The list of firms offering a flexible space service seems to growth monthly.

Flexible workspaces: good for local economies

New research from workspace provider Regus calculates the value that flexible office space and coworking locations would likely bring to local areas as operators look beyond major city locations.

Companies still finding their way on proptech

Real estate businesses are continuing to make slow and steady progress in upping their digital game, but enterprise-wide digital strategies remain far from commonplace.

RICS opens new Social Impact Awards

Entry is open for new awards which recognise the positive and transformational contribution that the built environment has on people's lives.

UKGBC calls for views on energy performance targets

The UK Green Building Council has launched a consultation exercise seeking feedback on proposals for energy performance targets for the offices sector.

IFMA & RICS working together on coworking event

The coworking concept is definitely 'in', while flex-space demand continues to reshape traditional property markets and the likes of WeWork continue to grab headlines.

Property owners in climate change commitment

23 of the UK's leading commercial property owners have signed up to tackle the growing risks of climate change through the delivery of net zero carbon real estate portfolios by 2050.

2 Television Centre takes top BCO award

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.

Targeting net zero carbon by 2050

A new report from the World Green Building Council aims to revolutionise the buildings and construction sector, moving it towards a net zero future.

Measuring up

A new set of metrics for the workplace was the subject of fierce debate at last week's CoreNet Global summit in Amsterdam. Cathy Hayward reports.

CBRE launches first three Hana sites in London

Hana, the property advisor's flexible workspace venture, has unveiled plans for its first three UK sites.

CoreNet takes on the productivity challenge

Optimising the human experience in the workplace to achieve greater productivity and creativity will be the focus of next week's CoreNet Global Summit in Amsterdam.

Flexible workspaces to increase by 56% by 2022

We're in the midst of a "coworking revolution" that will see the number of flexible workspaces continue to grow rapidly, say industry experts. 

Flexible workspace drives Big Nine action

The Big Nine regional office markets saw a big uplift in flexible workspace activity during the second quarter of the year.

New BCO president to focus on wellness

Paul Patenall, projects director at regeneration group U+I, has been elected as president of the British Council for Offices, declaring his focus will be on the positive impact the industry can have on wellness.

CoreNet to focus on business success

CoreNet Global, which positions itself as "the world’s leading professional association for corporate real estate and workplace executives", is set to examine the role that CRE can play in fostering business success.

New BCO guide reflects new concerns

The British Council for Offices has published a revised Guide to Specification, which provides guidance on industry standards for workplaces across the country.

Flex space changing everything

There's a revolution going on in the commercial property world, with more variation in occupation solution offers piling up over the past three years than in the previous 30. So says property services firm JLL in its latest market report.

Savills launches into flex office market

The real estate services firm is the latest in this sector to unveil a new offer dedicated to helping landlords and owner occupiers to take advantage of the demand for flexible office space.

New partnership takes on energy performance challenge

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.

Sustainable buildings: more understanding needed

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.

Savills extends offer with workplace consultancy buy

The property services group has announced the acquisition of London-based workplace consultancy and design studio KKS with the aim of extending its range of services.

'Play it safe' design costing UK building operators

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.

Investors not feeling the heat on climate emergency

Is the message getting through? Perhaps not, as a RICS survey finds nearly half of real estate professionals saying that climate risks are not important or even irrelevant for property investors.

NHS launches space booking platform

Following a successful pilot, NHS Property Services has launched NHS Open Space, a booking platform designed to give users ready access to available spaces and increase utilisation efficiency for the health service.

JLL recruits head of flex innovation

If anymore confirmation is needed that flexible workspace is now a key ingredient in property markets, here's some.

UKGBC offers framework for net zero carbon buildings

The UK Green Building Council has published a framework for the construction and property industry to transition new and existing buildings to become net zero carbon by 2050, in line with the ambitions of the Paris Climate Agreement.

BCO reveals London best workplace winners

Six London businesses celebrated success at the BCO Annual Regional Awards yesterday, with Facebook, 2TVC, Deloitte, Boden, Project North and Fora Borough all recognised as the capital's best workplaces.

Join the club: British Land's new flexible space offer

The property investment group behind such developments as Broadgate in London, Plymouth's Drake Circus and Sheffield's Meadowhall has unveiled the Storey Club, a serviced flexible work environment.

New service charge rules to protect businesses

Businesses of all sizes will be assured of clear and transparent service charges, with no hidden costs and clarity around disputes, thanks to new rules that came in to force on 1 April.

People override cost in CRE strategy

Around two-thirds of occupiers rank employee engagement and talent attraction and development as being two of the three most important drivers of corporate real estate strategy, even ahead of cost reduction.

UK poised for proptech lead

The UK is well placed to capture the lead as a global hub for real estate technology and innovation, according to new research.

Managing agent Mapp partners for proptech solution

M J Mapp has signed up technology specialist Locale to provide a bespoke solution to support site management needs and provide a new communication channel for their UK portfolio.

Proptech: set to rewrite the property book?

Proptech is moving from beta to mainstream. That was the message from a host of speakers at the inaugural PropTech conference Wednesday. Cathy Hayward reports.

Corporates to drive flexible workspace industry

Corporate occupiers are set to become the driving force within the flexible workspace industry as the way they view their office portfolios continues to change.

Interserve exits healthcare jv

Prime, the healthcare property company, has acquired the service provider's share of the joint venture company Interserve Prime, saying it still sees plenty of market opportunity.

Property professionals set to evolve into 'experience managers'?

In a broad study of the profession, CoreNet Global has identified the most influential trends in CRE through 2025 and beyond, which could include the disappearance of the CRE label itself. 

RICS sees property markets hit by uncertainty

The Q4 2018 RICS UK Commercial Property Market Survey results reveal continued mixed fortunes, with changing shopping habits and uncertainty around politics remaining strong influences.

Landsec launches flexible office brand

One of the UK's top property investors is wading into the marketplace to provide customised office space for businesses looking for flexibility to enable future growth.

2019: what should we expect?

January is the traditional time for planning for the year ahead. Cathy Hayward reports from CoreNet UK's annual Predictions and Resolutions event.

Government cut-backs: some positive news

New figures from the Cabinet Office show that the size of the government estate has continued to fall, along with costs, resource consumption and emissions.

Paradigm shift: another CRE firm weighs in on change

There are five themes that will shape future occupational demand across global real estate markets. Each will be highly influential but in combination they represent nothing short of a new occupational orthodoxy, Knight Frank says.

Styles&Wood group restructures and rebrands

The whole-life property services business formed through the acquisitions of Styles&Wood Group and Southerns is on track to achieve more than a 20% increase in sales for its first full year of trading, as it unveils a rebrand to become Extentia Group.

Coworking on the rise: more evidence

Should you be in any doubt that the coworking phenomenon is reshaping corporate real estate's thinking, a new survey has found professionals expecting to see the trend "dramatically increase" over the next five years.

Is the conventional office lease dead?

A new white paper explores the fate of the traditional commercial property lease in the context of deep social, political and economic changes.

Understanding the flexible office space phenomenon

Europe's flexible office space sector has more than doubled in size since 2014 and is set to grow by up to 30% per year over the next five years. What's driving this?

CBRE introduces Hana

The property services group has unveiled a new offering designed to help institutional property owners meet the rapidly growing demand for flexible office space solutions.

UKGBC launches innovation portal

The UK Green Building Council has unveiled its new online platform designed to provide an open forum to crowdsource solutions to some of the built environment industry's biggest challenges

Developers take on energy performance gap

Seven major UK property developers have committed to a new approach to tackling the gap that too often arises between energy design and actual performance of new office buildings.

Service charges: reviewing the reporting landscape

The latest edition of the Service Charge Operating Report for Offices has just been published, the eighth in the series that provides the UK's only annual benchmarking information about service charge costs.

RIBA, CIOB and RICS launch quality tracker tool

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.

JLL buys in more technology expertise

The property services group is to acquire ValuD Consulting, a leading provider of IBM software integration and consulting services in the United States and India.

IBM unveils 'pre-trained' AI system for facilities managers

Watson, IBM's business focusing on artificial intelligence systems and services, has launched a set of 'ready to get started' solutions for a range of industry sectors including building management.

PropTech: why is clear, but not how

More than nine out of ten real estate industry decision-makers agree that their organisations need to engage with property technology but far fewer believe the organisation's vision or strategy is up to scratch.

Savills lands major deal with Derwent

The Derwent Group has appointed Savills to provide property management and facilities management services for its half-billion pound commercial property investment portfolio.

Refurbished industrial buildings are the future of workplace

That's the conclusion of a new study carried out by the property services group JLL and architects Hawkins\Brown.

Hackett worries about another Grenfell

The author of an independent review into fire safety and building regulations has warned it is impossible to rule out another "catastrophic event" like the Grenfell Tower tragedy if changes aren't made to the regulatory system.

UKGBC offers sustainable innovation manual

The UK Green Building Council has unveiled a new Sustainable Innovation Manual for the built environment industries.

Trust names estates strategy partner

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust is set to enter into a 50:50 strategic estates partnership and joint venture with Health Innovation Partners.

BIM: challenges and opportunities for FM

BIFM has published a new Leaders' Forum report focused on the challenges and practical solutions for embedding building information modelling processes across the sector.

Coworking heading for empty retail space

Property advisor JLL predicts that coworking ventures could become a significant occupier on many high streets.

All change as coworking sweeps into the property world

Not long ago it seemed like just a variation on flexible workspace, but all that has changed. The speed with which coworking has become both a corporate accommodation strategy and a major influencer in property markets around the globe is stunning.

Colliers: senior appointments focus on occupiers

The real estate services group has recruited Andrew Hallissey as its new executive managing director of EMEA occupier services, based in London. 

iSite appointed to G-Cloud 10 Framework

Software specialist iSite has been awarded supplier status on the government's G-Cloud 10 Framework, making it available to government departments and the wider public sector.

What's the cost of operating a building?

The answer is not exactly in the 'piece of string' category, but new figures from RICS are a reminder that costs can vary substantially.

UKGBC launches circular economy programme

The UK Green Building Council has launched a new circular economy programme for the built environment, planned to test the principles on real estate assets and building projects.

New president for BCO

Katrina Kostic Samen has been confirmed as the new president of the British Council for Offices.

Guide to responsible workplace fit-outs launched

A new online toolkit provides guidance for owners and occupiers on how to integrate sustainability and wellbeing into office fit-outs.

Global response to need for fire safety standards

More than 30 organisations from around the world have joined a project to develop landmark industry standards to address fire safety in buildings.

Flexible workspace: growth sector

Flexibility seems to be the way of the future. It's become a standard theme in corporate strategies and reports, property industry analysis and planning, and of course on the ground in commercial property markets.

CBRE predicts "profound and far-reaching" change in CRE portfolios

Looking just over 20 years ahead, the real estate advisory group says the major focus for corporates will be flexibility, resting on fast decision-making in turn fed by new technologies.

How to unlock the value in property data

It's a common problem these days: just as new technology and better systems are providing more and more data, we're coming face to face with the scale of the challenge involved in turning that data into useful information.

Landlords see opportunity in flexible work space

Nine out of ten UK landlords believe that flexible office space is on the brink of becoming mainstream, according to a new study from property advisors CBRE.

BCO publishes guidance on health and wellbeing

A new report from the British Council for Offices promises definitive guidance on supporting key people needs across an office building's lifecycle.

BIFM plans fire safety accreditation

The British Institute of Facilities Management has announced plans to develop a new certified accreditation and a suite of training courses for facilities managers in charge of life safety in buildings.

Industry bodies largely positive on Hackitt Review

The Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, initiated in response to the Grenfell tragedy, reached a culmination with the publishing of its final report last week.

Grappling with certainty in an uncertain world

Putting together a successful conference programme is hard work. And then getting what looks good on paper to deliver the success you hoped for on the day is a whole separate challenge. We report from One Big Day.

Workplace Week New York plans confirmed

Following a successful six years in the UK, Workplace Week will arrive in New York this summer. The Advanced Workplace Associates fundraising event, supported by the IFMA Workplace Evolutionaries Group, takes place 18 – 22 June.

Tesco to roll out iSite software

The supermarket group has selected the proptech software developed by Styles&Wood to underpin its new global property operating model, following an overhaul of its strategic systems.

Whitehall launches property agency

The new Government Property Agency intends to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the government estate and generate benefits of between £1.4bn and £2.4bn over the next ten years.

Occupiers less concerned about Brexit: CBRE

Occupiers are less concerned about Brexit than they were a year ago, according to a new CBRE research survey of over 100 major occupiers across Europe.

Flexible workspaces and smart technology to drive corporate real estate growth

A new report from property advisors JLL identifies 10 trends that are shaping corporate occupiers' decision-making in 2018.

Industry calls on government to raise the bar on environmental standards

Over 50 business leaders from across the built environment industry have signed an open letter to ministers urging them to introduce policy that will see all new buildings built to net-zero carbon standards by 2030.

Occupier expectations shifting as consumerisation takes hold

Nearly two-thirds of companies plan to increase their investment in real estate technology over the next three years, most of them in the next year, according to the 2018 EMEA Occupier Survey from CBRE.

Property world gathers to look at the big issues

Mipim, the annual property fest, acts as a useful barometer for the real estate sector. Cathy Hayward reports from Cannes.

CRE community to tackle uncertainty

One Big Day, a major event for the corporate real estate and associated sectors, attracts hundreds of professionals with a shared need for knowledge. This year, in response to a rapidly changing economy, the event takes on the issue of uncertainty.

Singapore rolls out smart bins

JTC, the Singapore government's development agency, has installed more than 40 solar-powered smart waste bins around its key commercial sites.

Mitie makes Smart appointment

The support services business has appointed Andrew Smart as Group Head of Corporate Real Estate, where he will join the senior leadership team in the Professional Services and Connected Workspace division.

More to green buildings than energy savings

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.

Call for more health and wellbeing spaces in offices

Property investors seeking to future-proof office assets should consider providing space for gyms, nutritionists and medical consultation centres. Space for health and wellbeing has the most significant potential impact on employee performance, JLL says.

Ushering in a new era of workplace design

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.

GVA and Apleona part ways

Real estate advisory firm GVA has separated from management services firm Apleona in a move that allows the two businesses to focus on their respective core markets.

Corporate real estate: where to from here?

January is the traditional time to make predictions and resolutions for the year ahead and so it was that CoreNet's UK chapter took on the challenge. Cathy Hayward reports.

Technology: Savills extends partnership with MRI Software

The real estate services provider has extended its existing relationship to include the management of private rented sector properties in the UK.

Technology: PwC launches drones team

Arguing that drones offer a string of strategic and operational benefits to many organisations, the business advisors are offering to help clients take advantage of the technology and extract value from the collected data.

WeWork set to become London's biggest tenant

There's confidence in a market, and then there's so much confidence that you are prepared to carve out a dominant position in that market.

The rise and rise of the flexible office

The supply, and demand, for serviced and co-working work spaces both continue to grow strongly, with London leading the way.

Mitie to retain property business

Mitie has changed course on its plan to sell its Property Management business in the face of inadequate bids from would-be buyers.

Study on impact of offices on productivity and health launched

Two American universities are backing a global study that will examine how the indoor environments of 100 office buildings impact employee productivity and health.

Cushman & Wakefield teams up for smart workplace initiative

Real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield has announced a new global agreement with smart building technology provider MCS Solutions, an Internet of Things specialist with experience in more than 60 countries.

BCO calls for greater focus on customer experience

The UK office industry is undergoing a fundamental shift towards a more customer-centric approach, with an increasingly greater emphasis being placed on delivering outstanding customer service to occupiers.

Flexible workspace market just gets bigger

The demand for flexible workspace seems to be growing fast. That's certainly the only conclusion to be drawn from watching what's happening on the provider side.

JLL launches search for new HQ

In what must be a novel experience, the property services group is looking for new offices to meet its own needs, as it plans to consolidate its existing West End, City and Canary Wharf operations into one location.

London dominates in BCO Awards

Six of the eight categories at the British Council for Offices' annual National Awards went to London buildings, with the new Sky Central scooping both Best Corporate Workplace and Best of the Best.

The why and how of flexible working

On-demand workspace has been in the mix for years, until recently a small part of the workplace landscape. But suddenly, flexible accommodation seems to be booming. Why? What's driving that and how far will it go?

UKGBC turns focus on retail

The UK Green Building Council has launched its second Wellbeing Lab programme, this one focused on making the business case for retail spaces that support the health and wellbeing of employees and shoppers.

NHS Property Services offers vacant space scheme

NHS Property Services has launched a new vacant hand-back scheme that will help NHS commissioners to cut the cost of empty space in their buildings.

Grenfell inquiry must be fire safety "watershed": IOSH

The Grenfell Tower public inquiry must be "a watershed for fire safety", the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health has declared.

Most FMs believe BIM is good for facilities management

More than 80% of FM professionals believe that building information modelling has the potential to deliver significant benefits.

The future for CRE: proptech

It's not just facilities management, of course; the future of the world is being reshaped by technology, and that includes the property world.

LGA demands building regs review

The Local Government Association has called on central government to launch an "urgent and immediate" review of building regulations.

Wellbeing: a new real estate fundamental

Offices that respect and support users' wellbeing offer occupiers, developers and landlords greater value. People count, according to a new report from real estate advisors Cushman & Wakefield.

A buyer's side look at NG Bailey's Landsec win

NG Bailey's Facilities Services division secured a five-year contract with property developer and investor Land Securities in April. Client advisor GVA has offered some insight into how that came about.

Riding the wave of change

There's a sea-change underway in the corporate real estate world. Our CRE colleagues are increasingly realising, as FM has done, that the focus of services has to be at least as much people as buildings.

Can real estate enable business transformation?

Property advisors JLL argue the answer is yes, as they back that up with a new report and an accompanying online tool focused on "how workplace experience can help businesses thrive in the new world of work".

Making property pay

For most UK businesses buildings are the second biggest expense after staff and present a huge cost-saving potential. And any savings from reduced running costs drop straight to the bottom line, so focusing here can pay off.

Net zero by 2050: a mountain to climb

As the US considers withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement, the World Green Building Council is warning that the building sector, responsible for 30% of global emissions, has a steep climb ahead towards achieving key targets.

Corporate real estate strives for 'future-proofing'

A new study from property advisors CBRE finds that corporate real estate teams are bolstering portfolio agility and enhancing user experiences with the goal of future-proofing their properties against changes in the economy, technology and labour markets.

Bellrock acquires service charge specialist

The acquisitive company's latest buy is Profile Consultancy Limited, a leading service charge advisor working in the retail and leisure sectors.

Coworking: is this the future?

Recent research carried out by corporate real estate group CoreNet Global and property advisors Cushman & Wakefield has found that property costs and lease lengths are key factors driving interest in shared workspace.

Praise and criticism for government estate strategy

Government is getting better value for money from its estate, but the Government Property Unit is not making much progress towards its key objective.

BCO launches health and wellbeing research

The British Council for Offices has commissioned a research team for a year-long study of health and wellbeing in offices, with the aim of producing definitive guidance.

Higher education: under pressure on estates performance

UK universities are facing more competition than ever before in the battle to attract students, staff and, crucially, funding. These pressures are forcing estates to work much harder and budgets to stretch much further.

NHS property: Naylor review published

The end of March saw the publication of a long-awaited investigation into estates strategy needs and options within the NHS. What happens now will be a measure of the commitment to sorting out some longstanding issues.

Occupiers focus on making space work better

Corporate real estate priorities are increasingly focused on efficiency gains and enhancing workplace strategies in a quest to make space work 'smarter'. Greater use of technology is seen as key enabler of these objectives. 

CIC launches accessibility guide

The Construction Industry Council has published its Essential Principles Guide, designed to provide built environment professionals with information and advice on creating an accessible and inclusive environment.

Tackling the business rates challenge

New business rates, which are going to hit some commercial organisations hard, have been all over the news recently. Does FM have a role here?

Energy guidelines published

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has published long-awaited guidance on the minimum level of energy efficiency required to let non-domestic property. Melanie Kendall-Reid, Compliance Director at Carbon2018, explains.

Healthcare estates: new roles for new technology

Given the sheer amount of floorspace that healthcare occupies, coupled with the financial and health & safety demands that are tied to it, the need for low-risk solutions for optimising management and service delivery is clear. So what can be done?

NHS Property Services launches accessibility guides

New online access guides for a number of NHS Property Services' hospitals, health centres and clinics have been developed to aid patients and visitors.

Energy efficiency moves to mainstream concern

A new report form CoreNet, the corporate real estate professionals group, argues that moves to increase energy efficiency are now less about costs and more about wider strategic issues.

War for talent shaping CRE decisions

Property advisor CBRE argues that the commercial world is in the midst of a paradigm shift as real estate decisions are increasingly driven by recruitment and retention concerns.

JLL: technology is FM's future

The property services group is predicting that increasing numbers of organisations will soon be turning to digital technologies to manage the facilities that support work and the workforce.

Urban centres are the place to be

A new survey has identified a clear trend in which corporations are locating facilities and offices away from suburban business parks and to central business districts and creative urban environments.

What does coworking mean for corporate real estate?

The UK Chapter of CoreNet Global, in partnership with HOK's WorkPlace practice, has released a new report that studies the impact of coworking from a corporate real estate  perspective.

JLL tackles technology impact on real estate

The property advisor has launched a new report series exploring the impact of technology, data and digital disruption on work spaces and real estate investment strategies.

One Public Estate passes 150 mark

The Cabinet Office and the Local Government Association have confirmed that 159 councils will join the next phase of the programme that targets improvements in the use of public sector property.

University of East Anglia building takes top BCO award

The University of East Anglia's Enterprise Centre was named as the Best of the Best workplace at the British Council for Offices' annual National Awards in London Tuesday night.

Occupier satisfaction and property performance: proving the link

Focusing on customer satisfaction can work, even in the property world. New research indicates that a rise in occupier satisfaction will pay off for the landlord in improved property returns.

Property agents to standardise sustainability offer

A standardised approach to sustainability services for corporate property has been launched under the aegis of the Better Buildings Partnership, the property owners, investors and advisors group.

CRE community sees technology changing company thinking

The speed of technological development is dramatically reshaping the way that corporations manage and use their real estate, says a new report from CoreNet, the CRE professionals group.

US owners see healthier buildings paying off

Building owners, developers, managers and investors in the US are increasingly interested in creating healthier buildings, according to new research, with many starting to see the business benefits of doing so.

New EPC regs for Scotland

Revised Energy Performance Certificate regulations for Scotland came into force with the arrival of September.

Bellrock buys property specialists

Bellrock has bought two firms with the goal of expanding its portfolio of property consultancy services into new markets.

Built environment industry backs low carbon commitment

In a letter printed in the Financial Times late last week, a long list of organisations representing the construction and property sectors came together to underline their views on the importance of sustainability.

CRE profession anticipating major change

Corporate real estate will be influenced, disrupted and transformed by a powerful combination of forces that are re-shaping business strategy and operations, consumer preferences, and how and where people want to live and work.

Scotland looks hard at BIM progress

A new report has placed Scotland and the United Kingdom third and fourth in development of building implementation modelling capabilities of a group of twelve countries studied.

Gensler highlights have vs have-not problem

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.

Leesman tackles CRE and employee satisfaction links

In what it describes as a world-first crowdsourcing initiative, the workplace benchmarking specialist plans to marry corporate real estate performance data with its 18m+ lines of user experience data.

Green building movement targets net zero

The World Green Building Council has launched an ambitious project that aims to ensure all buildings are 'net zero' by 2050.

JLL to buy property maintenance firm Integral

The property services group has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Integral UK Ltd in a move that JLL says will make it one of the largest providers of mobile engineering services worldwide.

NG Bailey drives down landlord's energy use

A 12-month energy reduction scheme for Land Securities, delivered by NG Bailey, has led to a 9% fall in energy use at a number of the property company's key London sites.

Everybody needs good NABERS

Australia's highly successful energy-use-in-buildings programme is to be piloted for application in the UK.

Dangerous, dilapidated and wasteful schools: report

The Royal Institute of British Architects has published a damning report on the state of UK schools.

The UK runs on coffee

The number of coffee shop chains has increased almost 20 fold since 1998, according to an analysis from CBRE.

CBRE sees continued growth in outsourcing

CBRE's EMEA Global Workplace Solutions business is reporting a record number of approaches from organisations wishing to outsource all or part of their real estate or FM activities in 2015.

European countries lead in green building

New research ranking 25 locations around the world on a range of criteria shows the UK, France, Germany and the Netherlands as the global leaders in green building.

Industry still struggling with vacant property solutions

Research from the British Institute of Facilities Management and vacant property company Orbis has revealed that FMs and property managers are increasingly turning to guardianship to keep empty business properties safe and secure.

Sheffield Hallam scoops top workplace award

Sheffield Hallam University is the first academic institution to win the Leesman+ award, marking exemplary high performing workplaces.

World's largest retrofit project launches

The world's largest collaborative project on building renovation has been officially launched by Green Building Councils across Europe in a bid to tackle one of the region's biggest climate challenges: existing buildings.

Macro extends work with Citrix

Macro has mobilised offices in Chalfont St Peter, London and Cambridgeshire for global software provider Citrix as part of a three-year contract.

Whitehall to slash office estate

Central government has pledged to reduce the size of its office estate by 75% by 2023. And it is calling on local government bodies to publish their own rationalisation plans.

Greener buildings pay off for retail sector

Retailers can improve the shopping experience for their customers and potentially increase their profits by providing greener, healthier stores, according to a new report from the World Green Building Council.

What is a 'green building' anyway?

According to the World Green Building Council, here in Europe we may get a new, updated and broader based definition, thanks to the European Commission.

Companies want better workplace data

The latest annual European Occupier Survey from real estate advisor CBRE suggests that large corporates are increasingly focused on the intertwining elements of performance, people and space.

UKGBC turns focus on better building performance

The UK Green Building Council is launching a new research project that will tackle the way industry currently designs, constructs and operates non-domestic buildings.

Ultra low energy buildings commitment unveiled

Sixteen leading built environment companies have signed up to a new energy efficiency commitment targeting delivery of 'nearly zero energy buildings'.

Looking after empty buildings over the holidays

Buildings that shut down and are empty over the holidays are particularly vulnerable to being targeted by thieves and other intruders such as squatters.

CRE eyes up role in wellness initiatives

A new report from CoreNet Global declares that corporate real estate executives are in a unique position to demonstrate leadership and serve as a strategic resource, as a growing number of organisations focus on wellness and wellbeing issues.

Leases getting longer as occupier confidence recovers

Analysis of over 90,000 leases across the UK shows that new property lease lengths rose to 7.2 years in 2015, matching levels last recorded at the market peak in 2007.

CIBSE awards shortlist announced

The shortlist for the individual categories of the 2016 Building Performance Awards has been revealed, including contenders for the top FM team.

Green buildings improve performance, study shows

New research has found that employees' cognitive performance scores averaged 100% higher in green building environments with enhanced ventilation compared to a conventional building environment.

UK looks to Australia for energy advice

A research team, backed by UK landlords group the Better Buildings Partnership, is studying an Australian programme that appears to have cracked the energy 'performance gap' problem.

BIFM and Orbis launch vacant property survey

The British Institute of Facilities Management and vacant property management expert Orbis have launched a new property management survey.

Real estate world turns attention to the workplace

A recent survey by CoreNet Global and Cushman & Wakefield has found that almost 9 in 10 of EMEA corporate real estate professionals are actively investing in workplace improvements.

BCO award winners revealed

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.

BSI updates FM briefing standard

BS 8536-1, Briefing for Design and Construction: code of practice for facilities management, has been revised and extended.

JLL extends reach with fit-out buy

JLL has acquired the UK-based design and fit-out company Bluu as part of its strategic investment plan to grow in this business sector.

CBRE uncovers a preference for staying put

The vast majority of companies choose to remain where they are when a lease comes up to expiry, with the management of property being a significant factor in that decision.

Zero carbon buildings off the agenda

Plans to introduce zero carbon homes in 2016 and zero carbon non-domestic buildings in 2019 have been dropped by the government.

Capita buys property consultancy

The outsourced services group has acquired advisors GL Hearn in a bid to become a 'property powerhouse'.

Shopping centres: sustainability pays

Investing in sustainable features increases the market value of shopping centres by up to 5% or even more, according to new research.

Asset management: problem waiting for a solution

Managing customer assets can be much more of a problem than it should be, especially when FM contracts move from one service provider to another.

Property advisors launch sustainability partnership

Ten of the UK's leading property managers have joined forces to influence and improve the sustainable management of UK commercial property.

Pressure grows on CRE for more productivity

Skyrocketing C-suite demands for productivity are creating a "pressure cooker" of expectations for corporate real estate teams worldwide, according to a new JLL survey.

JLL: outsourcing is getting serious

Property services outsourcing is moving up a generation, as big corporates expect more from their partners in terms of the quality of the relationship and the beneficial outcomes.

Eight megatrends that will impact UK real estate

Property advisor JLL has identified a series of sustainability trends that will impact on real estate over the next 15-20 years. It is calling on businesses to adapt now to stay competitive.

Growth market: firms relying on workplace as recruitment tool

More than 90% of London professional service firms consider the workspace instrumental in achieving employee satisfaction, according to new research from property advisor CBRE.

Two new energy concepts to be piloted at Canary Wharf

Two smart cities innovators, Demand Logic and SEaB Energy, have been selected to pilot their technologies at Canary Wharf after winning the second phase of the Cognicity Challenge.

Growth market: serviced offices

London's serviced office market has grown by 67% over the last 10 years and continues on a rapid upwards trajectory.

International property ethics standard in the works

A new international coalition is being drawn together to develop the first set of globally recognised ethics standards for real estate and related professional organisations.

Skanska delivers its greenest ever project

The construction to FM group has completed the re-building of its Bentley Works site in Doncaster, using in-house expertise to achieve near-zero impact on the environment.

Regus in strategic partnership with CBRE

Workspace provider Regus has signed a partnership agreement with CBRE that will see the global real estate advisor closely involved in streamlining and accelerating the development of the business.

Eric Wright wins healthcare contract

Fountain Property Management has awarded Eric Wright Facilities Management (EWFM) a one-year contract to provide FM services at its new 4500 square metre health centre in Chester.

World GBC targets healthy buildings with global campaign

The World Green Building Council has launched a global campaign on health, wellbeing and productivity in a range of building types.

RICS launches climate change risk toolkit

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has published a new research report and an online tool designed to help built environment professionals understand climate change risk and plan to reduce detrimental impacts.

JLL unveils its Plan A

Taking inspiration from Marks and Spencer, the property services group has launched its own sustainability campaign.

The incredible shrinking government estate

The Cabinet Office has published its latest State of the Estate report, highlighting the fact that the government has exited over 2000 buildings since 2010.

Cordant launches vacant property services

Cordant Services has launched a comprehensive vacant property management service.

Investor demand set to drive sustainability

The evidence is loud and clear, says CBRE. Owners and developers need to improve and adapt their commercial properties in line with the sustainability agenda.

City of London wakes up to new occupier needs

New research from the City of London Corporation and the City Property Association highlights the challenges and opportunities facing property developers in the Square Mile.

BREEAM for refurbs and fit-outs open for comment

A BREEAM assessment package specifically for international refurbishment and fit-out projects has been unveiled, along with a month-long consultation period.

UK-GBC turns focus to retail property

The UK Green Building Council has launched a new project aiming to help measure the health, wellbeing and productivity benefits of sustainable retail property.

Getting serious about innovation

Real sit-up-and-take-notice innovation in the built environment sector seems a pretty rare thing. Why is that?

Good as new

Refurbishing existing space to produce the sort of work environment that might have been achieved in a 'green field' situation may not be easy or straightforward, but it can be done and may even be better.

Canary Wharf turns itself into a futures testbed

The Canary Wharf Group has named 12 start-up businesses that will be fostered on-site and then pilot their ideas for improving buildings and transportation.

SPIE's Adams to lead CIC green agenda

George Adams, UK Engineering Director at Spie, has been appointed Chair of the Construction Industry Council Green Construction Panel.

Ryhurst scoops partnership deal with IoW Trust

The Isle of Wight NHS Trust has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Ryhurst to deliver a wide-ranging estates strategy that supports the trust goal of delivering excellent patient care.

Interserve named strategic partner in Yeovil

Yeovil Hospital and an Interserve consortium have established a 15-year partnership which will, the hospital says, enable it to improve care for local people by developing its estate and buildings.

Banks need to face up to change

And not just in terms of how they do business. A new report argues that financial institutions need to fundamentally change the size, shape and location of their property portfolios.

Property investors: sustainability a must-have

UK property investors and fund managers no longer view sustainability as simply a 'nice to have'. Demonstrable performance is moving towards a requirement for these market shapers.

BIFM publishes accessibility standard

London Mayor Boris Johnson has welcomed a new standard for improving and maintaining accessibility and inclusion for disabled people in the built environment.

Sustainable building test site gets underway

Ground has been broken on the site of the Green Build Hub, designed to be both test-bed for and centre of knowledge about sustainable building products and techniques.

Government to slim London presence

There's a ring of familiarity about this: the government says it plans to reduce the number buildings it occupies in London and move vast numbers of civil servants to cheaper parts of the country.

NHS could save £1.5bn through better use of estates

The latest annual study of NHS estate resources in England shows that the health service has taken significant strides towards improving the use of its land resources.

Making more of what you've got

The pressure has been on for years now to make the most of available resources, whether that's at the macro level with entire property portfolios or with a more micro focus on the meeting room down the hall.

'Sustainability kitemark' for existing buildings launched

A new measure of sustainability performance for commercial buildings has been developed, designed to evaluate occupied sites on the three key sustainability criteria: economic, environmental and social.

Overwhelming evidence for green building benefits

A new report from the World Green Building Council sets out the 'overwhelming evidence' that office design significantly impacts the health, wellbeing and productivity of staff.

JLL on ways to go green

The property services group is marking World Green Building Week by offering advice on some steps that will make offices and industrial buildings more sustainable.

Wearable technology will revolutionise CRE

??Reacting to Apple's latest product launch, global real estate firm JLL has declared that wearable smart technology is 'the next big thing' for the corporate real estate sector.

London gets more money for energy efficiency

London Mayor Boris Johnson has confirmed a further investment of almost £12m to expand the programme to retrofit buildings across the capital, making them more energy efficient and reducing carbon emissions.

London top location for office refurb

London is the best place to be for investors seeking to boost the performance and returns of their ageing office assets through major refurbishment, according to a new report from Arcadis.

Nationwide offers working at height app

The UK's leading provider of powered access rentals, Nationwide Platforms, has launched a new app designed to help make finding the right equipment for working at height tasks easier than ever before.

One Public Estate programme expands

Twenty councils have been selected to take part in the second phase of a programme to release excess government land and property by encouraging greater collaboration between local and central government.

Public sector comes together on property

A new joint body put together by seven West Midlands authorities looks set to take on responsibility for the management and development of their property assets.

CBRE pushed to The Edge

The global real estate advisor has been appointed to deliver management and maintenance services for a new-build in Amsterdam, being called 'one of the most sustainable buildings in Europe'.

BCO to shift focus to occupiers

Colette O'Shea, newly elected President of the British Council for Offices has called on the property industry to 'put the occupier centre stage'.

EU eyes more focused sustainability action

The European Commission has adopted new proposals designed to raise the sustainability of new and renovated buildings by increasing resource efficiency and improving information on the environmental performance of buildings.

LGA calls for move to 'unified estate' model

A new study by the Local Government Association argues that public sector organisations should consider sharing facilities where a single-use approach threatens to make buildings unaffordable.

Digging deeper into the future of work

No doubt conversation within every business discipline turns from time to time to what the future holds. This is certainly a common theme in FM; and also one too often undermined by narrow horizons.

Green policies: could do better

Government policy designed to reduce carbon emissions from commercial buildings needs to be better understood, more efficiently monitored and easier to enforce, according to a new report.

CIBSE offers advice on designing for hot weather

CIBSE has assembled a series of resources designed to inform building design and adaptation strategies to better cope with the threat of climate change.

UKGBC to government: time for action

Under a UK Green Building Council banner, a long list of business leaders have called on the government to 'end the prevarication' around the introduction of mandatory energy efficiency standards for commercial buildings.

NEF damns 'persistent failure' on energy performance

The energy efficiency campaigner is gearing up to launch two new projects to help combat the UK's failure to produce non-domestic buildings that combine both comfort and excellent energy performance.

CoreNet teams up with Arup on sustainability

Corporate real estate group CoreNet Global has joined forces with consultants Arup to produce a detailed analysis and comparison of the major sustainability programmes in use around the world.

Bilfinger to acquire GVA

Bilfinger, the global engineering and services group, is continuing its push into UK markets with a plan to buy the largest independent commercial property adviser in the country.

Low carbon building breaks the mould

The UK's first low-carbon commercial building has landed a new Carbon Trust award and pioneered a path for others to follow.

Eurest to take on the future of the workplace

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.


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Resilient decision-making in times of change

In any organisation, times of contraction can lead to difficult decisions. The same goes for periods of growth. Accurate, reliable data is critical in every case.

What future for flexible workspace providers?

Demand for flexible workspace in the UK has dropped to roughly 20% of pre-Covid-19 levels and does not look set to recover soon. But many providers are remaining open, though often with skeleton staff.

Retrofitting workspace to meet new demands

The Covid-19 pandemic is causing us to rethink what is important for the workplace and how offices are designed, built and managed.

Digital twins: two is better than one

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.

Crunch time  for business occupiers

No matter the sector, be it technology, finance, retail, manufacturing or any other, virtually all UK businesses rent their HQ and operational premises under commercial leases. Scott Keown offers some timely advice.

Moving to business focused maintenance

The traditional one-size-fits-all maintenance approach uses interval-based inspection, planned maintenance and reactive repair. Alistair Clements makes the case for a better solution.

Why compliance maintenance should be a priority

In order to ensure a safe environment, it is important that all aspects of a building remain compliant and within the law. Property services firm MSL offers some advice on the basics.

Cracking the retail conundrum

The decline of the British high street has been feature of the news for some years now. One factor compounding the problem for retailers comes with their legacy estates. But there are opportunities for action, as Rob Marriott explains.

Transparency: the key to better buildings

In Poland, a major contractor has been working with a local building technology specialist to implement new solutions to the age-old problem of transparency of information. Even operating costs can be accurately predicted now.

Coworking and the demise of the commercial property lease

Traditional commercial office leases are under threat, as an increasing number of organisations begin to recognise the value of flexible working. But why should facilities managers care about this new trend?

Barriers to BIM adoption in FM and how to overcome them

How many people reading this have BIM fatigue? Who is tired of hearing how BIM can transform facilities management? How come since the 2016 UK government mandate, there is still little evidence of BIM for FM becoming business as usual?

Coworking comes to the corporation

Coworking spaces create community and collaboration. Some enterprises want a bit of that buzz, reports Fiona Perrin from the frontline of flexible working.

Three ways to make a building energy efficient

In the world of facilities management, energy efficiency is a theme that is growing ever more important. With an anticipated surge in energy bills, clients are now expecting FM professionals to provide solutions to their energy management problems.

BIM: why contractors and FM providers need to work together

Building information modelling is not new. Nor is the tension between building contracting and facilities management. Mike Knapp argues the case for closer collaboration.

New energy standards: are you ready?

From April 2018, a new legal standard for minimum energy efficiency will apply to rented commercial buildings. Carl Ghinn explains the benefits and risks involved for facilities managers.

The service charge challenge

Service charges are a necessary part of multi-occupancy locations, but assessing value for money for the services included can be difficult. A new report from Property Solutions looks at the issues in the retail sector.

Flexible workspace: drivers and the direction of travel

Things are obviously changing fast in the world of work. Business centres, serviced offices and similar flexible options have been around for years; but suddenly the coworking phenomenon is taking off. Sector expert Kurt Mroncz explains why.

Why the future of work is more human than you think

Everyone wants to be happy at work, and a growing number of forward-thinking companies are starting to recognise the importance of happiness in the workplace. Marie Puybaraud explains what's behind this shift in attitude.

Sensory overload

Sensor technology is spreading fast. How do we balance the benefits of that with growing concerns about privacy? Raj Krishnamurthy looks at the issues and opportunities.

Using facilities assessments to gain funding

Jay Pearlman offers some advice on selling-in the need for action in a higher education setting, with plenty of applicability in other sectors.

What's the deal with productivity?

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.

Are FM people constrained by data?

Michael McCullen implores facilities managers to ask the right question when it comes to specifying a BIM system.

Asset Management: Opportunities & Challenges

There's increasing recognition that effective asset management has much to contribute to the successful operation of any organisation.

Creating Flexible Space

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.

Room for improvement

Our cities are developing at such an incredible rate that space is now at a premium. In response, Paul Statham says, organisations should turn to resource scheduling systems.

Not All EPCs are the Same

Marcus Brodin explains why an energy performance contract from an experienced solutions provider can offer a number of advantages over traditional procurement models.

Benchmarking Placebos

Bernard Williams explains why FMs should not try to benchmark facilities services using standard statistical data. Site-specific benchmarking is the only real option, he argues.

The Benefits of Benchmarking Service Charges

Service charge management in commercial property is not regulated by law and management practices often lack consistency across the sector. That can present a challenge to real estate and FM managers.

BIM: Solving the Mystery of Building Failure

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.

Dealing with Disaster

FM consultant Bernard Crouch explains how facilities managers can overcome the myriad of challenges that arise from a flood or fire.

BIM: the ultimate FM tool

Building information modelling is taking the building services design industry by storm, but what can it possibly do for facilities management?

Giving Buildings a New Life

Refurbishing existing buildings might not sound exciting, but it sits right at the top of the political agenda.

Saving Money on Space

At a time when cost is a key concern for all organisations, making the most of existing space is critical.

Making More Space

Improved utilisation of available space is on the agenda for many businesses. In some cases, thinking creatively could be the answer.

Penny Wise, Pound Foolish

How can FM balance intense cost pressure with good practice and the protection of asset values?

Time for Change

Chris Kane, Head of BBC Workplace, is a man with a mission. A clue to what drives him lies in his choice of job title.

Smooth Exit

Greg Kemp writes: Costly and time-consuming legal wrangles about 'wear and tear' at the termination of a lease or a break point can be avoided by understanding your obligations as a tenant on exit when you take on the lease.

Space - But Not As We Know It

Rob Harris argues that space utilisation patterns are changing, probably for good. That means our approach to planning and measuring the workplace also needs to change.

Boarding The Ark

Elliott Chase writes: Whether you love it, loathe it - or are simply bemused that the thing ever got built in the first place - The Ark is a remarkable building.

A MoDEL Approach

Stephen Dance argues that the MOD's strategy for delivering improvements to its London estate should become the model for change at other public sector bodies.

Green Landlords?

Dave Wilson asks: Could FMs and occupiers be dictated to by landlords that adopt ‘green leases'?

Living up to the Code

Martyn Hayward writes: The new RICS Code of Practice on service charges comes into full effect from 1 April. It is already putting more weight behind a fundamental market shift: the property industry is realising that occupiers are important.

FM + CRE = the Future

Dom Sherry argues that integration of facilities management and corporate real estate services is the shape of things to come.

Let's Talk About It: Customer Service Comes to the Property World

Elliott Chase writes: The first RICS Tenant Satisfaction Index made disappointing - though predictable - reading. But as more landlords follow in the pioneering footsteps of Brixton Estates, we should see things change for the better.

Re-thinking corporate real estate after September 11th

Andrew Laing from Journal of Corporate Real Estate.

Challenges and opportunities in aligning real estate and the workplace

Results of a survey of leading CEOs by Lucy E. Allard and Christine Barber, from Journal of Corporate Real Estate.

Restructuring corporate real estate

Restructuring corporate real estate and facilities in mergers, acquisitions and consolidations by Rachel Kessler-Park and Scott D. Butler. Journal of Corporate Real Estate Volume 5 Number 1.

New horizons for a real estate industry

Corporate real estate executives were given an insight into the social, political and technological trends that will affect their clients, their markets and their jobs. Geraldine Bear reports from CoreNet's Global Summit held in Lille last month.


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Pre-construction: the devil is in the detail

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.

Playing whack-a-mole with schools funding

Years of under-funding have exacerbated the problem of the condition of school buildings to such an extent that the recently announced £1bn spend on re-building schools in England is nowhere near enough.

Security in a time of uncertainty

As the country continues to deal with the coronavirus outbreak, security officers have a vital role to play in keeping communities safe and helping to keep critical national infrastructure going.

The transformational journey to workplace 2030

In the year 2020, I am approximately 43 years into a career that has been more or less exclusively focused on corporate real estate. So writes Chris Hood, looking back in order to see forward more clearly.

A new approach to sustainability in the built environment

Sunil Shah looks at the current practice of responsible business in the built environment and explains the collaborative approach that RICS is taking to create the new model necessary to transfer knowledge of sustainability through the property lifecycle.

FM and the need for leadership

With the world changing fast this is an important time to position facilities management as the lead enabling function for positive progress in multiple aspects of our lives, from the workplace through to cities. Geoff Prudence argues for greater focus.

The Elemental Workplace

The relationship between facilities management and the emerging discipline of Workplace has always been slightly awkward.

BIM means us too

There's no escaping the fact that FMs are part of the government’s BIM drive, says Kath Fontana.

Business rates: how can FMs help?

Despite an optimistic defence from the government and a promise to alleviate pressures on smaller firms, there has been a highly negative response from a large number of businesses to the long awaited new business rates, which come into effect in April.

Where are the innovators?

Who is making things happen in the built environment sector? Who's stimulating change?

Not Just a One-night Stand

We have been there too many times before, lost together in the heady success of a project and forgetting ourselves entirely.

Why the property industry shuns social media

What is it with the wider property and workplace industry and social media?

Death of the Office?

Research suggests that almost total redundancy of the physical office is on the cards in as little as twenty years' time.