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  • What the UK’s pharmaceutical firms taught the world’s tech giants about workplace design

    Posted on September 11, 2017 by admin

    When we talk about the UK’s success in creativity and innovation, one sector is frequently overlooked in favour of cutting edge digital and media firms. The UK’s pharmaceutical industry enjoys a reputation as one of the world’s most innovative and successful business sectors. Its tale can best be told in numbers. It includes the fifth […]

  • How the coffee shop came to symbolise the new era of workplace design

    Posted on January 6, 2017 by Fresh Workspace

    According to the annual Workplace Survey for 2016 from architects Gensler, the most innovative employees are those given the chance to work in a wide variety of spaces that meet their needs, and use that option to maximum effect – whether they need individual space to focus, a conference room to brainstorm or learn a […]

  • Flexible working is not a magic bullet for workplace challenges

    Posted on January 6, 2017 by Fresh Workspace

    According to Oxford Dictionaries the word of the year for 2016 is post-truth. This is a slippery little adjective because while some things are pretty much objectively true, the use of post-truth in many contexts is merely a way of shutting down opinion. It’s especially pernicious when it comes to ideas and philosophy because it […]

  • Agile working and the softening of the workplace

    Posted on January 5, 2017 by Fresh Workspace

    The workplace has gone soft and I mean that in a good way. Over the past fifteen to twenty years we have experienced the very welcome development of a much softer aesthetic generally when it comes to the design of offices. Often wrongly characterised as the feminisation or domestication of design, this is actually linked […]

  • How the coworking phenomenon is influencing the way we all design offices

    Posted on January 5, 2017 by Fresh Workspace

    In his book How Buildings Learn, the author Stewart Brand outlines the process whereby buildings evolve over time to meet the changing needs of their occupants. He describes each building as consisting of six layers, each of which functions on a different timescale. These range from the site itself which has a life cycle measured […]

  • Laptop thigh is the latest thing to worry about in the workplace

    Posted on November 30, 2016 by Fresh Workspace

    Modern life afflicts us daily with new and pernicious ways of harming ourselves. One of the most recently identified has been named by researchers at the University of Basel as ‘Laptop Thigh’. Caused by prolonged exposure of the skin to moderate heat, the physical condition itself is nothing new. It goes by the medical name […]

  • The enduring appeal and functionality of offices and paper

    Posted on September 13, 2016 by Fresh Workspace

    When it comes to looking at the future of work and workplaces, there is a tendency for people to think in terms of absolutes. There are no two better examples of this than the ‘death of the office’ and the ‘paperless office’. Both are based on very similar ideas. The thinking behind them appears to […]