Building Performance Insights - April 2018

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Welcome to April's Building Performance Insights.

After a long winter, at last we've had a short spell of beautiful weather. We mark the change of season by exploring how to clarify priorities and deliver results that matter - in other words, hard numbers, original thinking and above all, value.

We're also delighted to welcome our guest writer, Rob Robson who brings a fresh perspective on how the built environment can improve staff wellbeing and performance and practical approaches you can take.

I hope you find our April insights informative. Please do get in touch about anything in this edition, or if you’d like to discuss how your buildings and estates can improve the performance of your organisation.

John O'Brien
Founder and MD
t: 01295 722823


Burning Issues 

At the start of 2018, we surveyed our clients, colleagues and industry leaders about Burning Issues Keeping You Awake At Night. Here are the top 5:

1. Money - see January's Building Performance Insights.

2. Compliance - see February's Building Performance Insights.

3. Managing large functions with lots of moving parts - see March's Building Performance Insights.

4. Delivering Results - covered in this edition - scroll down for more.

5. Providing innovation and added value - to be covered in May.


April Focus -

Clarify priorities and deliver results 

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 counts for your organisation, you'll focus efforts on delivering the important results, and set yourself up for future successes.

Click here for the full article on Clarify Priorities (and Deliver the Results that Matter) or download the free guides that contain step by step instructions for this and more.

For businesses: Our ultimate guide to improving business performance
For education: Our ultimate guide to improving higher education performance

Guest Feature

Rob Robson, 8Connect Consulting Ltd 

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? Read the full article here.

In The News

CAPITA - Another casualty in the making?

Another casualty in the making? First impressions, and lessons to learn now

With Capita's financial woes and a £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, and to whom.

Read our summary thoughts and lessons to learn here.


Higher Education News

The rise of the grey haired graduates 

The thousands of over-50s looking for work after redundancy are likely to be out-qualified by younger candidates with degrees. Many are going back into education to keep up, and there are now 50,000 UK students are aged 50 or over.

Read the FT article here


LCMB's latest news

We are recruiting for a Senior FM and a Senior PM Consultant 

Please click for the full job descriptions: Senior Fm Consultant  and Senior PM Consultant and please pass on if you know someone who may be interested. 

John joins OXLEP environment and sustainability sub-group

John O'Brien, Founder and MD of LCMB Building Performance Ltd. has joined Oxford's Local Enterprise Partnerships (OxLEP), environment and sustainability subgroup.
Click here for more.

Last month's most popular blog

LCMB blogs cover a range of building performance and related issues. Our most popular blog in March was Managing Large Functions.

LCMB Workplace Optimisation

Whole Life Performance Plus (WLP+) is a LCMB innovation to improve workplace productivity by 10% and reduce energy use by 30% by optimising ventilation, light, noise and other indoor environmental factors.

LCMB are proud to work with partners Innovate UK, EPSRC, Argent, King’s College London, Emcor UK, British Council for Office, Constructing Excellence, Oxford Brookes University to develop an indoor environmental quality model to maximise worker productivity. Contact Tom Cudmore, Senior Consultant on t: 01295 722823 e: or visit to find out more.

LCMB's accelerated ROI audit

Too many organisations spend large sums of money on the wrong initiatives that generate a poor return or even a loss.

This is why we created the LCMB accelerated ROI audit. It cuts through the noise and quickly, clearly identifies the untapped performance improvement areas within your buildings.

The audit uncovers operational inefficiencies such as under-utilised space and facilities, as well as cost and energy reduction opportunities, and then provides a clear plan for realising potential.

By implementing the plan, we guarantee the audit pays for itself within 6 months and thereafter generates a positive return.

Contact John O’Brien on t: 01295 722823, e: to discuss how the LCMB accelerated ROI audit can improve your organisation performance and return on investment.

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