Recent Posts by Carol Chinn

Spice up your office walls

When it comes to office design, it’s tempting to focus on the layout and the furniture, and in doing so to overlook the opportunities for creativity in wall colours and coverings. As The Workspace Consultants’ Design Partner Carol Chinn points out, a well-chosen mural can help lift the spirits and establish a core identity for…
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Do you need a Space (Time) Utilisation Survey?

If you are thinking about instructing a SUS/TUS it is likely to be for one of two reasons. You may be walking into the office and regularly seeing a sea of empty desks and thinking: “We should be able to make better use of this space” or “Do I really need all this space?”. Or…
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Flexible working and it’s impact on Office Design.

Flexible working is generally accepted as something most of us are really happy about. Mobile tech-nology means that many of us can work from anywhere for at least part of the week without it negatively affecting our productivity. Dare we ask…does this mean that desk ownership could be a thing of the past? We all…
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Why Are We So Distracted In The Workplace?

Issue Many people are overwhelmed by distractions in the workplace and their inability to focus negatively affects their productivity, engagement, wellbeing and overall performance. As demands on attention grow, it’s common for people to feel pressured to work harder at staying focused. Continuous partial attention and multitasking are common but inefficient coping mechanisms. The facts…
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Benefits of Art in the Workplace

“Research shows that involvement with the arts increases motivation, builds teamwork and inspires people – Factors that business leaders identify as key profit drivers… [The arts can] improve reputation, develop influence; raise profile, build brand recognition; encourage loyalty, increase sales; and showcase commitment to corporate social responsibility.” Colin Tweedy, Chief Executive, Arts and Business. Showcasing…
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Designing For Office Privacy

Office design has over the last 20 years strived to ensure 2 key goals, to maximise cost effectiveness and to increase & foster collaboration. Relative real estate costs have reduced dramatically since open plan became the standard model for office design and less cellularisation has indirectly fostered more collaboration.  Encouraging direct and regular connectivity between…
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Burn Twice As Many Calories; Stand Up At Work!

A BBC article highlights that standing up at work is seriously good for you health. For example standing for an extra 30 minutes per day for a year could burn sufficient extra calories for you to lose 5.2lb (2.4kg) In addition traditionally designed office workstations really do cause Musculoskeletal Disorders (back and neck pain) for…
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Is The Workplace Obsolete In A Virtual World?

Workplace design seems to be at a turning point. Why have we historically gone to  work at an office? 'Going into the office' has primarily been to use the equipment or materials we needed to do our work or to meet colleagues. How relevant is this today when an office worker can access most of…
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Bad Office Design Costing UK Business £15bn per Year

UK businesses are suffering massive losses in company performance due to ‘disengaged’ employees who complain of working conditions that result in constant distraction and disruption and a lack of privacy, according to a new report published by office furniture maker Steelcase. Research by the Centre for Mental Health claims that presenteeism (at work physically but…
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New Office Design and Refurbishment Clients.

We are pleased to announce that The Workspace Consultants continues to expand and wish to thank the following new and existing customers for making this happen. Nordea Bank, City, London The College of Optometrists, Embankment, London St Vincent House (Seacourt Properties), Ipswich Conning Asset Management, Monument, London LDH La Doria – St Ives, Cambridgeshire Synthomer,…
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Flexible Office Furniture For Client Facing Meeting Rooms

Flexible meeting spaces are not a new requirement in the office; most offices have been using folding walls, flexible tables and stacking chairs for some years now. I am regularly asked to ensure that all meeting rooms work hard for their floor space and this is much easier to design for when the rooms do…
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Workplaces that Boost Wellbeing.

Leading organizations know that improved employee wellbeing not only helps people to be healthier, it also helps them to be more productive, creative and innovative, it also helps with staff retention.  Businesses are beginning to focus on wellbeing and are looking to other organizations for benchmarking, as well as inspiration. Governments have also started to…
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BCO Awards; TWC Shortlisted

We are pleased to announce that The Workspace Consultants Project at Milton Hall has now been shortlisted by the BCO. Please follow this link to see the submission document and images in our initial blog post
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Office Design; To Carpet Or Not To Carpet? That Is The Question…

There is increasing interest in the office interiors sector for using hard flooring in the workplace.  Some of the requests are driven by a strong aesthetic desire to have sleek offices and others by the hardwearing nature of the products. I have recently researched this topic for a couple of clients and have found some…
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The Freedman Chair

I saw the Freedman Chair at 100% design this year. Simon Freedman is an osteopath who has designed a chair to help the significant percentage of the workplace with back problems. It was quite remarkable how the chair controlled your posture 'placing' you in more of a standing seating position. His KickStarter campaign success has…
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StepJockey

What is StepJockey? They are a brand new initiative working to prompt greater physical activity and improved well-being within workplaces by labeling stairs and walkways for 'calorie burn'. You’d be forgiven for wondering but stair climbing can have a significant and positive impact on an individual’s health over time. Unlike walking, which humans have evolved…
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New Offices For TWC

The Workspace Consultants, due to expansion of our business, are pleased to announce that we have moved to new, larger offices at; 1 Avenue Business Park Brockley Road Elsworth Cambridge CB23 4EY You are welcome you to visit us at any time. Carol. Mike and Vince
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Milton Hall Cambridgeshire, Grade 2 Listed Building Consent Application.

Milton Hall is a Grade 2 listed building, it is monitored by South Cambs District Council Conservation Department.  One of the first actions taken after being engaged by Milton Hall Estates was to meet the designated Conservation Officer (CO) on site for a walk around.We already had a good idea of the extent of works…
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Expansion Of Cambridge Office for a Customer Services Operation

A Global Company have employed The Workspace Consultants to design and project manage the expansion of their Customer Services department in Cambridge. This includes relocating some staff to a new building on the same site. The designs have been co-ordinated to ensure a common 'Look & Feel' with new and exciting facilities for the staff.…
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Monitise Office Project – Gresham Street Project Video

Working Together - The Workspace Consultants and Morgan Lovell We worked with Morgan Lovell to develop the design and manage the project once the tender had been placed. This video shows the story of the project both through the detailed design phase and the implementation of the works on site.
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Monitise Office Project – Gresham Street London

You will find our most recently completed project on our website and I am hoping you will find the story of this extremely successful project both informative and interesting. We were engaged by Monitise to project manage and produce the initial design for their move from serviced office accommodation to a new head office facility…
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