Building Performance Insights - August 2018

john o'brien lcmb

Welcome to August's Building Performance Insights and we hope you are enjoying the holiday season.

Last month we covered “What we know about how the environment impacts us?” And for something completely different, this month we tell you about our summer holiday plans and recommendations.

We’re also delighted to welcome Max Biddlestone, who joins our team in August as a Junior Consultant.

We’ll be back with our normal building performance insights at the end of the holiday season in September, when we’ll also launch our ultimate guide to the productive workplace. Please email if you’d like us to email you a copy when it's published. 

I hope you enjoy the end of August and do get in touch if you’d like to explore how our team can improve the performance and productivity of your buildings and estate.

John O'Brien
Founder and MD
t: 01295 722823


John and family are in the French Alps


This summer my family and I are holidaying at Le Grand Bornand in the French Alps for two weeks in August, a change from last year when we holidayed in the UK.

Located on the western slope of the Aravis mountain range not far from Mont BlancAnnecy Lake and Switzerland, Le Grand-Bornand is a summer and winter resort which developed around an old village. 

We holidayed there two years ago. It’s easy to get to (just 1.5 hours from Geneva) and offers a great range of family activity - perfect for restless children.

Le Grand Bornand is a classic French skiing resort in winter and in summer offers wonderful hiking and mountain biking in clean Alpine air. The village also has a wonderful outdoor Lido swimming pool and in the last week of August hosts a children’s festival that takes over the whole village. For those that enjoy, water Lake Annecy is 40-minutes away.

Eating out can be expensive with today's weak pound, but you'll find plenty of markets with reasonably priced, wonderful local produce for picnics or self-catering.

So, if you’re looking for a wonderful outdoor family holiday with breath taking scenery I highly recommend Le Grand Bornand. Our kids love it.


Jo has gone to Greece 

We're off to Kardamena, Greece for quality time with my family, a good book and maybe a glass or two!

We've not been before to this part of Greece - I always enjoy exploring new places.

There's 3km of silvery sand, crystal clear waters, watersports and a jetty to fish off (one of the seafront restaurants will cook your catch if you book a meal).  There's also daily ferry to Agia Irini, known for its thermal springs and therapeutic waters – a must in my book.

We're a group of ten, including four teenagers to keep amused, so I'm sure I'll come back with plenty of stories.


Rudi is in the French Pyrenees 

We're off to the French Pyrenees - a bit of a change for us as we've never been to the South of France - we normally go to Brittany!

This is wild, hot and (in summer) sparsely populated country. I hope to see the local wildlife including bears, wolves, ibex and Pyrenean goats.

We'll be cooling off in the local mountain streams, taking in the outstanding scenery and having a dip in the Med. We might even take a day trip to Barcelona and Andorra. 


Tom is on a quiet hilly road in Italy

Il sole, il mare, il cibo….. perhaps predictably, we’re in Italy again. Over the years, we’ve covered most regions, from Aosta in the north, to Puglia and Sicily in the south. Each region is different, but shares great food, weather, people and often a bit of Italian style chaos!

This time we’re at the Italian riviera - Liguria, just over the border from France, which despite its proximity is very different to the glamorous French riveria resorts and nearby Monaco. The coast is very accessible, but within a few kilometres you're in the quiet hinterland of green hills, mountain streams and quiet roads. At 25-30 degrees, the climate is cooler than further south.

And as a keen cyclist it ticks the most important box of all - plenty of hills! For for me Liguria has everything I need: buckets of Italian charm, sun, sea, food... and of course the hills.


Shane is already back from his Italian road trip

My family and I took a road trip through Luxembourg, France, Belgium, Switzerland and Italy, where we stayed in a fantastic countryside villa near Florence.

We visited beautiful Florence and the surrounding area including the famous leaning tower of Pisa and the breathtaking walled town of Lucca.

We then moved onto Venice. As well as the canals, Venice is known for beautiful Venetian glass and delicious food.

All in all, a superb holiday.


And Mike has ventured further afield 

This year we’ve gone long haul to Mexico for the first time. Our daughter is travelling through South American since April and we're catching up with her in Tulum on the Caribbean coast for a couple of weeks.

She's been to Panama, Columbia, Ecuador and deepest darkest Peru - a typical hippy traveller without a care in the world! She trained to be a Yoga teacher at a retreat in Bogota which has put in good stead to get jobs during her travels.

We’ve gone self-catering to explore the real Mexico - the ancient ruins, colonial cities and beautiful white sandy beaches with their sea turtles. The beach at Tulum has been described as the most Instagrammable in Mexico. As keen cooks, we’re also looking forward the local cuisine.  
The only downside will be the inevitable jet lag when we get back!


Welcome Max Biddlestone 

We're thrilled to welcome Max, who has joined LCMB as Junior Consultant. He has three years experience in soft FM, most recently at Chipping Norton Theatre. Max is looking forward to gaining expertise at LCMB.

Max said:

“I’m delighted to be offered the amazing opportunity of working with LCMB. My theatre background means I have soft FM skills in a specific type of building. At LCMB, I'm looking forward to developing specialist knowledge of Building Performance. I'm working in the best team imaginable and look forward to my career with John and my new colleagues.”

John O’Brien, MD and founder of LCMB said:

“We’re really pleased that Max has joined our team. Max is a great addition and will us help us to continue deliver our ambitious growth plans in the future here at LCMB".



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