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Month: April 2015

  • Never accept received wisdom about workplace design

    Posted on April 30, 2015 by Charles Marks

    It’s always worthwhile challenging stereotypes and assumptions. This thought sprang immediately to mind when the first images emerged of the new Facebook offices in California (above). At the heart of the new and enormous campus building is the world’s largest open plan, a model of office design that we are told is outdated. Yet, here […]

  • Environmentally friendly office design demands an in depth approach

    Posted on April 7, 2015 by Charles Marks

    When every office furniture manufacturer makes the same claims about their environmental policies, accreditations and use of materials, those credentials become irrelevant to decisions about which products to buy. The flipside of this is that including an ISO14001 accreditation or any other environmental standard as part of a brief may become a way of weeding […]

  • How contact centre design is pioneering new approaches to the workplace

    Posted on April 2, 2015 by Charles Marks

    It’s easy to take it for granted, but what the UK’s contact centre industry has learned over many years is how the design and layout of their offices can affect their performance and that of their employees. Indeed the two are closely interlinked as the happiness and productivity of individuals in the workplace has a […]

  • Teleperformance opens its new Baltic Place offices in Gateshead

    Posted on April 2, 2015 by Charles Marks

    According to a recent report by property consultancy GVA, the largest commercial property deal completed on Tyneside during 2014 was the 28,300 sq. ft. letting of a new office for Teleperformance at Baltic Place in Gateshead. The relocation of Teleperformance to the new building is not just important because of the scale of the deal […]

  • What Facebook’s new offices can teach us about open plan office design

    Posted on April 2, 2015 by Charles Marks

    This week Facebook moved into its new offices in Menlo Park, California. As you might expect they are somewhat out of the ordinary. Designed by Frank Gehry, they are bright, open and loaded with quirky and colourful design ideas. Yet upon closer inspection their underlying office design principles are resolutely mainstream, not least the inclusion […]