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Commercial Property

  • The future of work and a new era of smart buildings

    Posted on May 4, 2016 by Fresh Workspace

    There was a time when a smart building was one that could adapt to meet the needs of occupants or to changing environmental conditions. It would include things like motion sensors to turn lights off if nobody was using a room as well building controls to open and close windows and adjust sun shades to […]

  • The UK’s thriving tech sector is finding a home away from London

    Posted on April 21, 2016 by Fresh Workspace

    In some ways, the UK’s digital industries are becoming a victim of their own success. The rapid growth of the tech sector, especially in the enclaves set up to nurture startups in London, now means that businesses are having to make decisions about where to locate that is causing them to migrate into neighbouring London […]

  • What the commercial property market tells us about trends in office relocation and refurbishment

    Posted on February 3, 2016 by Fresh Workspace

    It’s become commonplace in recent years for certain people to foresee the death of the office based on changing work practices and the possibility that we can now work anywhere. The problem with this argument is that, in spite of its evident drawbacks, office life maintains an attraction for both employers and employees and there […]

  • Case study: Dewynters relocation to new London office

    Posted on November 10, 2015 by Charles Marks

    It’s easy enough to know when you’re in London’s Theatreland. The signs are all around – on the billboards and up in lights. Yet behind all of this front of house showmanship,  there is a tremendous amount of work going on backstage, much of it ignored by punters and much of it happening in offices […]

  • Why we should disbelieve the hype about the death of the office

    Posted on September 30, 2015 by Charles Marks

    We’ve been hearing about the death of the office for at least a couple of decades now.  One of the latest reports to write its obituary arrives courtesy of PwC. The Future of Work: A Journey to 2022 claims that a quarter of 10,000 people surveyed in the UK, Finland, and Germany believe that the […]

  • The changing shape of the UK’s enormous public sector property estate

    Posted on February 25, 2015 by Charles Marks

    There was a time, not so long ago, when nobody worried too much about the shape of the rooms that led off the corridors of power. But the pressure on UK public finances has politicised the design, management and very ownership of the UK’s public sector buildings. The latest example, published only this week, is […]

  • Alternative ways of financing an office fit out

    Posted on January 29, 2015 by Charles Marks

    You can’t help but notice that there has been a shift in recent years for us to become the consumers of things we were once obliged or wanted to own. We watch films on Netflix, listen to music on Spotify and share cars with strangers through BlaBlaCar. As both individuals and businesses we rent software […]

  • Modern facilities management thinking views offices as a strategic asset

    Posted on December 3, 2014 by Charles Marks

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    One of the enduring forces that shape facilities management thinking is the growing business case for treating buildings as a strategic asset. You may have heard it many times, but the figures behind this are indisputable. For most organisations the total operating cost of their property runs at between 10 and 20 per cent of […]