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  • Harnessing and managing the power of electricity in workplace design

    Posted on August 11, 2014 by Charles Marks

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    Legend has it that the American politician, inventor, writer and polymath Benjamin Franklin flew a kite in a storm in 1752 as part of his attempt to understand how to harness the power of electricity. This combination of risk, necessity and invention has marked our relationship with electricity ever since. We are now completely dependent […]

  • Britain’s thriving SMEs are using office design to drive their success

    Posted on July 29, 2014 by Paul Goodchild

    The much talked about resurgence in Britain’s economic fortunes that has seen the country’s economy surge past its pre-recession size is built largely on the success of small and medium sized businesses. A study from GE Capital claims that SMEs are set to grow by a total of just over six percent this year, adding […]

  • Intelligent office design and fit-out can help facilities managers harness change

    Posted on May 30, 2014 by Paul Goodchild

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    The workplace revolution we foresaw twenty odd years ago was supposed to have eradicated some of the oldest challenges known to facilities managers. The most prominent amongst these was churn, described in the Facilities Design and Management Handbook by its author Eric Teichholz as “the basic driver of the facilities management workload.” Defined as the […]

  • How office design can help people to be happy in work and their personal lives

    Posted on May 20, 2014 by Charles Marks

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    Has there ever been a government more interested in work and the workplace than this one? The Cabinet Office issues regular pronouncements on the procurement, design and environmental performance of property. And when the Government came into office, one of its first tasks was to promote a Happiness Index, the announcement for which the Prime […]

  • Workplace design will be transformed by the resurgent economy

    Posted on March 10, 2014 by Charles Marks

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    There has always been a link of one sort or another between the labour market and office design. So, while the UK’s unemployment statistics have fallen, they are still high. You have to wonder what impact the persistent high levels of unemployment and redundancy have had on the way we manage and design our workplaces, […]

  • Modern office design should address everybody’s needs

    Posted on February 24, 2014 by Charles Marks

    Over recent years the principle of inclusive design has extended beyond its original focus on meeting the needs of disabled people to incorporate a more general principle of  how to use office interior design as a way of making sure everybody can work in the most appropriate and most productive way possible. So what can […]

  • Getting the balance right when it comes to modern office design

    Posted on January 21, 2014 by Charles Marks

    The defining event in the world of the workplace last year came early on with the decision in February by Yahoo to ban homeworking for staff at its headquarters in the US. The decision sparked a debate that rumbled on for months and attracted the interest of a range of professions and even the national […]