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Ultimate guides

LCMB’s philosophy is to offer more, by innovating, developing ideas and sharing their insights with the industry.
We’ve developed a series of guides and useful tips to help anyone who is interested in improving their building performance.

Our ultimate guide to the
productive workplace

Our ultimate guide to improving business performance through estates management

Our ultimate guide to improving higher education performance through estates management

In-depth reports and white papers

Our partnerships with industry leaders allow us to engage in groundbreaking research, such as the government sponsored WLP+ research project, which have resulted in groundbreaking innovations.

Delivering built asset operational excellence

Improving productivity in the workplace

Productive, higher performing & healthier workplaces

case studies

View our case studies

We work with organisations that value their people and buildings, and want a people-centric way to improve building performance. All our work comes with a no quibble guarantee.

Mini guides - top tips

At LCMB, we know that some elements of managing your estate can be daunting. We’ve used our experience in the field to create some some quick tips for tackling some of those challenges. Whether you’re creating your FM strategy, planning a project, or looking to lower your costs, reduce energy, or optimise workplace productivity, these guides have you covered.

Top tip

Top Tips for creating a killer facilities strategy

A good facilities strategy can be a very powerful document. However, it can also be a task that heralds sleepless nights for even the most experienced facilities managers and directors. Click here to get our free top tips to manage the workload and implement a simple, effective structure.

We put these tips to good use as part of our work with UCLH, read about the project here.

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Top Tips for turning ESOS into your business weapon

The Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), now in phase 2, is the UK government’s mandatory energy saving initiative. As with most compliance issues, ESOS is often viewed as a simple checkbox and a general nuisance. We believe ESOS, when harnessed properly, is an opportunity for your business to benefit and something which can help you reach your financial, estates and sustainability goals. Click here to get our free top tips for turning your ESOS into a highly effective business weapon.

If you’re interested in ESOS, be it running an assessment or getting most out of the outcome, please get in touch.

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Top Tips for having a supercharged workplace

We spend 90% of our lives in buildings, and for every £1 we spend upfront on our working environment, we spend £200 on our staff. These two statistics should be enough for anyone to want their workplace to work harder for their people. We’ve found, and confirmed with other research, that through a better understanding of our workplaces and the environment within, an improvement of 2-3% can be made to your organisation’s output. That’s more than enough to cover the annual operating cost of your building. We’ve also got a depth of experience in optimising workplace utilisation, so you don’t have wasted space – or real estate potential.

LCMB led a research project on the effects of the indoor environment of a workplace on the people who use it. The research, entitled Whole Life Performance Plus (WLP+), targeted real world studies to focus on improvements to the working environment for office occupants. The project was led in conjunction with Oxford Brookes University as academic leads, and Argent, King’s College London, and Emcor UK as industry partners. The £0.5m project was funded by LCMB and the WLP+ consortium partners with grants from Innovate UK and EPSRC. Our research, alongside our decades of experience in the industry, have informed our research. Read more about it here. 

If you’re interested in supercharging your workplace, be it running an assessment or getting most out of the outcome, please get in touch. If you enjoy this guide, you may also like our detailed Ultimate Guide to the Productive Workplace.

Top tip

Top Tips for creating a killer facilities strategy

A good facilities strategy can be a very powerful document. However, it can also be a task that heralds sleepless nights for even the most experienced facilities managers and directors. Click here to get our free top tips to manage the workload and implement a simple, effective structure. We put these tips to good use as part of our work with UCLH, read about the project here.

Top tip

Top Tips for turning ESOS into your business weapon

The Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), now in phase 2, is the UK government’s mandatory energy saving initiative. As with most compliance issues, ESOS is often viewed as a simple checkbox and a general nuisance. We believe ESOS, when harnessed properly, is an opportunity for your business to benefit and something which can help you reach your financial, estates and sustainability goals. Click the button above to get our free top tips for turning your ESOS into a highly effective business weapon.

If you’re interested in ESOS, be it running an assessment or getting most out of the outcome, please get in touch.

Top tip

Top Tips for having a supercharged workplace

We spend 90% of our lives in buildings, and for every £1 we spend upfront on our working environment, we spend £200 on our staff. These two statistics should be enough for anyone to want their workplace to work harder for their people. We’ve found, and confirmed with other research, that through a better understanding of our workplaces and the environment within, an improvement of 2-3% can be made to your organisation’s output. That’s more than enough to cover the capital cost of your building. We’ve also got a depth of experience in optimising workplace utilisation, so you don’t have wasted space – or real estate potential.

LCMB led a research project on the effects of the indoor environment of a workplace on the people who use it. The research, entitled Whole Life Performance Plus (WLP+), targeted real world studies to focus on improvements to the working environment for office occupants. The project was led in conjunction with Oxford Brookes University as academic leads, and Argent, King’s College London, and Emcor UK as industry partners. The £0.5m project was funded by LCMB and the WLP+ consortium partners with grants from Innovate UK and EPSRC. Our research, alongside our decades of experience in the industry, have informed our research. Read more about it here. 

If you’re interested in supercharging your workplace, be it running an assessment or getting most out of the outcome, please get in touch. If you enjoy this guide, you may also like our detailed Ultimate Guide to the Productive Workplace.

Self assessment

Assess yourself

Download some questionnaires that will help you to assess your priorities, or take part in our quiz.

Self assessment questionnaire for Workplace Wellbeing
Self assessment questionnaire for Higher Education
Self assessment questionnaire for improving business performance through estates management
2020 Built environment self assessment quiz
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The ultimate guide to the productive workplace
LCMB - building performance specialists

Our ultimate guide to the productive workplace

UK companies are unproductive and it’s an urgent problem.

The average UK worker is 26% less productive than a German worker, and 23% less so than a US worker. Not only are UK workers less productive, but they are less engaged: UK companies lose 10% of working days a year to absenteeism and presenteeism.

What’s in the guide?
This guide culminates a three-year Innovate UK programme with a consortium of experts, exploring in depth how working conditions affect productivity and wellbeing.

The guide gives you a straightforward 5 step plan to improve the workplace environment, cost effectively, to positively impact your staff’s health, engagement and productivity.

Your organisation will benefit from:

  • Improved staff performance
  • Reduced risk of human error in mission critical work
  • Enhanced wellbeing
  • Improved staff recruitment
  • Better staff retention and lower recruitment / training costs

Who should read our LCMB Ultimate Guide – Productive Workplace
All business leaders, HR teams, Finance Directors, senior managers, team leaders, facilities and estates professionals and anyone interested in improving business results and productivity in the workplace. Please fill in your name and email below to get your own copy.

LCMB - building performance specialists

Our ultimate guide to improving business performance

A step-by-step framework for UK businesses

What’s in the guide?

This guide will show you how to:

  • Improve competitive advantage
  • Improve return on investment from buildings and estates
  • Run estates more efficiently
  • Be ready for future demands
  • Stay safe and comply with statutory regulations

Organisations that have applied our approach, like Tata TechnologiesKing’s College LondonBirmingham AirportNando’sHoward Tenens and England Golf have improved performance, reduced costs and cut CO2. They have said our approach is “transformational”, “excellent”, “comprehensive” and “adds real value”.

Who should read this guide?
CEOs, CFOs and all operators of estates interested in raising business performance, improving competitive advantage, boosting efficiency and reducing costs. Please fill in your name and email below to get your own copy.

LCMB - building performance specialists

Our ultimate guide to improving higher education performance

A step-by-step framework for university estates

What’s in the guide?

This guide will show you how to:

  • Configure your estate to measurably improve student and staff satisfaction and productivity
  • Achieve optimal estate usage
  • Manage and mitigate risk
  • Improve energy efficiency & cost
  • Be ready for future demands
Universities that have applied our approach, like King’s College London, Nottingham Trent University and The University of Birmingham have improved performance, reduced costs and cut CO2. They have said our approach is “excellent”, “comprehensive” and “adds real value”.

Who should read this guide?
All business leaders, HR teams, Finance Directors, senior managers, team leaders, facilities and estates professionals and anyone interested in improving business results and productivity in the workplace. Please fill in your name and email below to get your own copy.

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