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Month: June 2016

  • Some sound advice on office acoustics

    Posted on June 23, 2016 by Charles Marks

    Office based staff can have enormous difficulties coming to terms with the sounds that form the backdrop to their working day, especially if they work in open plan areas. The problem with these kind of working environments is particularly acute because most UK employees now work in open plan offices and at workstations that are […]

  • Ten of the most important trends in office design and fit-out

    Posted on June 21, 2016 by Charles Marks

    Defined as those people born between about 1982 and 2000, Generation Y is the first that has little or no inkling of a world that does not allow them to have constant and instant access to information, entertainment and other people. They are only dimly aware of a quaint lost world of letters and coin-operated phones. They understand technology intuitively and demand the latest stuff. The generation gap has already caused tension in the workplace, notably in the use of social networking sites.

  • Facilities managers understand that a good office fit-out is more than skin deep

    Posted on June 20, 2016 by Charles Marks

    Depending on how you look at it, the amorphous nature of facilities management is either its greatest strength  or its greatest weakness. On the plus side the FM sector routinely develops and acquires new ideas, services, office procurement models, products and disciplines. One of the most important functions of modern facilities managers is the ability to […]

  • Five lessons we learned during Clerkenwell Design Week

    Posted on June 6, 2016 by Fresh Workspace

    Whatever you might be told, the main thing to take away from an event like Clerkenwell Design Week is not so much which new products have been launched so much as what they tell us about changing trends in the way we work. The very best designs will invariably reflect the biggest challenges currently facing […]

  • Case study: How workplace design helped Catalyst enter a new era

    Posted on June 3, 2016 by Fresh Workspace

    It’s hard to tell nowadays but London’s Fleet Street was once dominated by the UK’s newspaper industry. This was a different era for the media of course; a time of paper, ink-stained fingers, typesetting, boozy lunches, unionised work and strict deadlines before the era of 24 hour rolling news and the online proliferation of information. […]

  • Meeting expectations in the way we design spaces for teamwork

    Posted on June 1, 2016 by Charles Marks

    There’s an old saying from Peter Drucker, the guru of management gurus, that what gets measured gets managed. It is a truism for many facets of the management role and not least in the way that we measure and use the space within our buildings. Knowing what is actually happening within the workplace is the […]