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  • 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 […]

  • London is not the only place where creative businesses are flourishing

    Posted on March 13, 2015 by Charles Marks

    There is little doubt that the UK’s creative industries have been as much focussed on London as key sectors such as financial services and architecture and design. But there are signs that some other parts of the UK are not only creating their own technology, digital and media enclaves but are joining the capital on […]

  • The influence of technology and media firms on the way we design workplaces

    Posted on March 13, 2015 by Charles Marks

    A lot is written about the kinds of offices designed as homes for the world’s technology companies. What is less discussed is the way in which the influence of these designs spreads beyond the all important technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) firms to cover organisations from all walks of life, including those in the public […]

  • 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 […]

  • Have I got hues for you? The role of colour in office design

    Posted on February 25, 2015 by Charles Marks

    Colour forecasting is one of the often under-the-radar disciplines that help to identify and shape trends in product and interior design. That is why designers keep an eye out for the latest announcements from Pantone or DuPont for their colours of the year, seek the guidance of organisations such as the International Colour Authority or […]