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Clients deserve their contractors!

Every so often, the debate about “value in construction” rears its head once more across the industry. And it normally happens at the beginning, or middle stages of a period of growth when demand exceeds supply. And when this happens, clients’ procurement routes often ends up competing for limited capacity, in order to deliver their …Read more

How to Future Proof your estate

Often, a brief for a building will be out of date as soon as it’s been defined. By the time the building is in use, the needs of your business and the building’s users are likely to differ from what was originally intended during design. For this reason, we suggest you interrogate the fundamental reasoning …Read more

2018 mid-year review – your half-time estates checklist

2018 mid-year review - your half-time estates checklist

Now is a great time to pause and reflect – are you getting the best from your organisation’s investment in your workplaces, buildings and estates? Our 12-point estates checklist provides a quick mid-year litmus test for your estate (and comes as part of our free guides for businesses and education). For each question, score yourself on …Read more

Build your own ventilation system; using CO2 data and Raspberry Pis

by Hermione Crease, Marketing, Purrmetrix This is cool: the team at LCMB have been using Purrmetrix to go beyond data gathering and get into some home brewed building control.  LCMB have been monitoring the environment in a university facility for several months using Purrmetrix CO2 and temperature sensors to look at the relationship between comfort and productivity. …Read more

Improving Business Performance through Estates Management

Part 4: Take Action If you’ve been following our guide serialisation, (and downloaded our guide), we’ve covered a lot of ground together over the past months. Here’s a summary action plan distilled into five main action areas:   1. Get an insight into how you’re doing • Start by getting the most honest 360 degree appraisal of …Read more

How to turbocharge value for your organisation

Many organisations quite rightly seek innovative ways to add value. But the problem with value is that it takes many forms – corporations talk about value delivery, shoppers want value for money, and marketing strategies are based on value propositions. Some companies are profit driven, others are driven by social purpose. So the first thing to understand is: How does your …Read more

Enhancing Productivity in the Built Environment

Enhancing Productivity in the Built Environment

There are a number of good, interrelated, reasons to focus on the physical environment that you are creating for your employees, and these include well-being, employee engagement and brand, impact on customer (direct or indirect) and, ultimately productivity. So how can the physical work environment impact productivity and how? Jacob Morgan, in his book The …Read more

CAPITA – Another casualty in the making?

CAPITA - Another casualty in the making?

First impressions, and lessons to learn now. With the news of Capita’s financial woes and £700m fundraising effort, are we allowed to say the outsourcing market is in distress? Outsourcing companies must take very careful stock of their commercial models and occasionally enthusiastic sales strategies. Equally, organisations that engage these companies should apply clear criteria when (re)considering what to outsource, …Read more

April Focus – Clarify Priorities and Deliver the Results that Matter

April Focus - Clarify Priorities and Deliver the Results that Matter

Most of us have vision and ideas but getting results that make a fundamental difference to your organisation can be another matter. There’s no silver bullet, but by methodically identifying what really matters for your organisation, you’ll focus efforts on delivering the important results, and set yourself up for future successes. Benchmarking will help you identify your strengths and weaknesses (see section 2 of our Ultimate Guide). Once you …Read more

Stephen Hawking iconoclast. Who are the iconoclasts in buildings?

Stephen Hawking was by any definition a great man. He was famous for his incredible brain and his ground breaking theory about black holes and the origins of the universe (you can watch a short animation of his big ideas). His longevity defied the boundaries of motor neurone disease, probably in no small part, thanks …Read more

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