Category Archives: Blog

What is the new normal when it comes to office Space?

2020 has shown much uncertainty and businesses are now looking into what they really need in terms of office space. Speaking to agents and design and build companies, the general consensus is that companies want to wait until the end of the year before making any decisions. This got me thinking… when is the right…
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The Show Did Go On!

Firstly, let me say that I am coming from a purely business standpoint when writing this blog.  I, and all others should applaud (as we did for 10 Thursdays @ 8pm) those who risked their lives and futures to help others in need. Now to my point, Covid-19 presented some huge challenges, and still does…
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Workspace Analysis: Change is coming

As the lockdown has slowly been lifted, I have seen a change in businesses thought processes of how to handle the next 6 months.  There has been an obvious shift from the immediate panic to action, making the office safe to accommodate social distancing rules to the realisation that the ship isn’t sinking and people…
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Consider what home workers need

Many businesses are now starting to think about how their space will look once we return to ‘The New Normal’ and they are keen to introduce a new functionality to their offices. They are also naturally quite excited about the potential significant cost savings through possibly needing less space.  However, any change to the office…
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The New Normal

We have spent a lot of time discussing with our existing and new clients how they may get back to work safely and how the workplace needs to be modified to allow this after the easing of Lockdown. Many clients are now saying that they have been working well enough remotely that they are in…
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Back to work guidelines

We have tried to map out a process and taken a typical example of a company with 10k sqft accommodating 80 to 100 staff including meeting rooms and breakout spaces etc. The key stages are as follows: The current pandemic has enforced working from home as we never expected and we now have an opportunity…
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What you think…

“In control of my own working environment and enabled, empowered, trusted to work in a dispersed way that is aligned to the tasks at hand.” We ask you how you thought the future of work looked for you.. Here as just some of your responses. Whether we have been forced into it or are used…
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Remote working survey findings

Thank you to all those who took part in our work-from-home survey during the Covid-19 crisis. We had a great response from across a range of industries to get a good idea about how you are adapting to the current situation. First we looked at how you worked before the outbreak to get an understanding…
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Workspace Weekly Update

As we enter into the 4th week of the UK being in lockdown, we reflect on how the construction industry has adapted to the governments restrictions to keep their staff safe and their focus and determination to continue to service their clients through these uncertain times. We are all aware of the current difficulties that…
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Work From Home Survey

Help us understand the way you feel about working from home and start a debate on the subject, to help drive the inevitable change to the way we work post Covid-19, by taking part in our short survey. We will post the results alongside some opinions from across the industry to help gauge the future…
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Blue and the workspace – the new biophilia

As I’ve discussed before, there are links between Biophilic design in the workplace and improving mental health and productivity. However, what I did not mention in my previous article was the introduction of water and blue spaces into the concept of Biophilic design. Professor Miles Richardson discussed the lost relationship between humanity and nature in…
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A Plea to Commercial Landlords and Managing Agents

All too often, when we ask Managing Agents for information relating to space that they are hoping to let, it isn’t immediately available. Sometimes, it feels as though we are the first people to ever have made such a request. It usually takes days to pull together a pack of information and often longer. When…
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New Project Casestudy!

We have a new project in our porfolio page... Berkeley Studios Our role in this project was to produce a brief and tender document and manage the tender process, choice of contractor and construction through to practical completion and go live. The structure of the project was to have a principal contractor on a Design…
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WFH: Weekly Update

Following our recent announcement regarding Covid 19 and working from home, we can report that technically it has been very successful. We have been able administrate and design normally and even conduct remote site meetings and valuations through high quality video links. However, it very much looks like construction sites will be closed down soon…
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We’re Working From Home

With the ever-changing circumstances, that COVID-19 brings us, like you and most of the world, we’re making our best efforts to adjust to a rapidly evolving situation. The health and safety of our customers and staff are a priority. We are still open and business is still operating as usual. As a precaution, we have…
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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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Five tips to help your wellbeing in the workplace

Improving wellbeing at work has been shown to increase morale, loyalty to your company and employee productivity. A poll by the charity ‘Mind’ revealed that 60% of employees say they’d feel more motivated and more likely to recommend their organisation as a good place to work if their employer took action to support mental wellbeing.…
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Anglia Ruskin Case Study!

Anglia Ruskin University (London) employed us to project manage the move to their new space near London Docklands. The space consisted of 32,000 sq ft on one floor with a range of spaces for different functions. We worked closely with them to manage the tender process, cost negotiation, contract administration, cost consultancy, furniture selection &…
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ServiceNow Case Study!

ServiceNow engaged us as project managers for the expansion of their existing office in Staines.  They already occupied the ground floor and were looking for a design for the first floor to reflect that the business had moved on from a tech led organisation to a more person based company. We worked closely with them…
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New Year, New Project!

To kick off the new year we have a new project in our portfolio. An upcoming lease break at City House in Cambridge provided Geant with the impetus to either relocate or to refurbish to support both business consolidation and growth. Agile working had been successfully implemented in the central Amsterdam office so it was therefore…
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New Project Case Study – Costello Medical

Costello Medical employed us to design and project manage the works for the relocation to their new office in Cambridge. The new space is located on the 4th floor and the design needed to take account of staged occupation with part of the space being sublet for the first three years and careful budgeting was required at all…
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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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Ageless office design – something to worry about?

Baby boomers have been moving into early retirement for some time now, so offices are trying to adapt to an ageing Generation X. Does this mean we need to change the way we approach office design? An extended work life is inevitable as we are all living longer and need to save for larger retirement…
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Changing office design to welcome the neuro diverse

According to ACAS it is estimated that 1 in 7 of us are neurodivergent – people with ADHD, autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia - that’s 15% of the population. Yet, the workplace is often designed to exclude those who are overwhelmed and distracted in ways the neurotypical don’t understand. Organisations such as ‘Ambitious about Autism’ are…
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