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

With the recent news that the UK’s water supply is due to run out in 25 years, we give you our five tips to reduce your water usage.

For something a little bit different, please watch the excellent BBC Horizon documentary on UCLH’s Proton Beam Therapy. We’re immensely proud of our work with UCLH over the last five years which has contributed to this and other projects.

And for BCO members, we’re running a workshop on September 25th to bring together the latest research and insights on the impact of buildings on productivity, health and wellbeing in the workplace. Please let me know if you’re interested in attending.

We’re excited to share our summer holiday plans and recommendations, and finally, we’re delighted to welcome Cameron Jordan, who has recently joined our team.

We’ll be back with our normal building performance insights at the end of the holiday season in September, when we’ll also launch 2019 UK Estates and FM Survey. This insightful study is designed to take stock of FM and estates performance in the UK, and allow all professionals to see how they stack up against their peer group.

Do get in touch to discuss how we can help you improve the performance and productivity of your people, buildings and estates.

Have a great summer.

John O’Brien
Founder and MD
t: 01295 722823
e: [email protected]


England at risk of Running Dry – Our five tips to reduce water wastage

young person in water fountains

The 25th of July saw the UK’s the hottest temperature on record.

With increasing temperatures, Sir James Bevan, Chief Executive of the Environment Agency announced the UK risks running out of water within 25 years. He puts this down to wasteful consumer habits and a shortage of reservoirs.

 “We won’t have long term water security unless all of us change our behaviour”
Sir James Bevan, Chief Executive of the Environment Agency

So what should we do?

Read our five tips to reduce water use

BBC’s Horizon documentary on UCLH’s Proton Beam Therapy

We’re immensely proud that our work at UCLH has supported this and other groundbreaking projects.

To watch this amazing documentary, click here 


25 September – Save the date

LCMB, alongside BCO, Argent, Havas, The University of Reading and Currie & Brown, are running a morning workshop on productivity in the workplace.

The morning will bring together the latest research and insights on the impact of buildings on productivity, health and wellbeing in the workplace.

The workshop  will pull the common threads together allowing debate/discussion around the business case as well as  exploring challenges/barriers and how these might be overcome.

The event is free of charge on 25 September 8.30 am to 11.30 am, kindly hosted by Argent in their Kings Cross, London offices.

Please do register your by emailing: [email protected]


LCMB Summer Special – who is doing what this summer?

John and his family plan a staycation

This year my family and I are holidaying in the UK. We do this every second year and it is the most stress free and enjoyable holiday, if we do not get too much rain!

My daughters wanted to try glamping, or posh camping, where someone puts up your tent for you, so we’re having a week in August in Wiltshire in a tepee, which they are really excited about.

We’ll then move to the coast for a week, by Christchurch. The area between Christchurch and Poole is a tremendous location for a family holiday with ten plus miles of sandy beaches. It has everything required for a week of fun, sand, ice creams and sea swimming, if you’re feelling brave.

And if it does rain, which I am sure it will not, there is a wealth of kid and family friendly options in the New Forest under cover of trees.


Rudi is also glamping 

This year we are taking our summer holidays close to home on the Ceredigion Coast near to Aberaeron. It is a beautiful part of the country with an amazing coastline, plenty to do for the children and lovely walks along the sea.

We’ve decided that Glamping is the way to go this year – we fancy the adventure of camping but love the security of a proper roof over our heads! (not to mention saving all the trouble of carrying all our camping kit.)

With a bit of luck we will catch a bit of sunshine, have lots of fun around the campfire and hopefully get to see a puffin and a seal or two.

Failing that I’m looking forward to catching up on all those books that’s been gathering a bit of dust. And just having an old-fashioned lie-in!


Mike went to the Isle of Man

We’ve already taken our holiday in June on the Isle of Man – the rock in the middle of the Irish Sea that hosts the TT Races. Quite simply, there is nothing like the TT. It is the greatest road race in the world. It is a mecca of motorcycling, attracting visitors from all over the world.

Where else will the authorities, close 37¾ miles of public roads to allow racers to ride round at an average speed of 135 mph? Yes, average speed and this is all on single lane carriageway roads through towns and villages, that 1 hour before, were carrying public buses, trucks and cars. Maximum speeds of 200mph are seen on Sulby Straight, while Ramsey Hairpin is taken at 25mph. The climb over the Mountain is iconic where the racers have no time to admire the stunning views. It is said that from the top of Snaefell, on a clear day, you can see six kingdoms – Isle of Man, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Heaven. It is beautiful.

Unlike F1, MotoGP or World Superbike, the racers are more accessible. They don’t hide away in motorhomes but mingle with the public. The paddock is open to all and gives you the chance to see the bikes close up and chat with the riders. You also get to see them close up on the circuit – frighteningly close. We watched from a corner called ‘The Bottom of Barregarrow’ behind the fence. They approach the corner at 160mph. There is the road, a white line, a footpath less than a metre wide and the fence. The quick boys are the wrong side of the white line and within touching distance of the fans. They are going so fast that you can’t turn your head quick enough to see them. You can feel them through your body. At the entrance to the corner there is a bump which unsettles the bike and there is a cottage with a stone garden wall at the apex which they seem to brush with their shoulders. It is spectacular. Take a look here And that’s just one corner – there are another 200 to watch from!

This is my 13th visit to the Island and if you are into motorsport in any shape or form, I would highly recommend it. It has been going since 1907 and steeped in history. An amazing trip.

Cameron is going on a Greek cruise

In the latter part of August, I find myself embarking on a cruise with my family. I have never been on a cruise but recently my parents have got the bug for cruises, so they have been keen to take me and my siblings along.

We’re starting in Athens stopping at various places in Greece, through Italy and Croatia, back to Italy to a final stop in Venice.

This is very exciting as I’ve never been to any of these places. Since some are UNESCO World Heritage Sites I’ll absorb lots of history and culture, as well as some local delicacies.


Jo is also going to Greece for an altogether different type of holiday

This year my family are heading to Argassi which is the southern part of Zakynthos, Greece.

The resort is a beautiful seaside village built in a verdant plain at the foot of Mount Skopos. It holds an enviable position between Zante Town and the Vassilikos Peninsular with Mt Skopos as its backdrop. Argassi’s sandy beach measures at almost a kilometre long so whilst my kids will be out on the banana boats and pedalos, I’ll be trying out the sun loungers with a good book and maybe a quiet glass or two.


Max isn’t going anywhere – he’s waiting for someone

Max won’t be taking a holiday as such this summer, but will be taking some time out to welcome his daughter into the world, due any day now!

Max will be a first time father. The parents among us have enjoyed giving Max our wisdom, and any readers wanting to share their parenting tips, please send them to [email protected].


… and Tom waits for the weather to cool down

Tom is working in Reading through the summer with the team at Royal Berkshire and will wait until September for a ‘get-away’. The plan then is a long drive down to Italy to catch up with friends and enjoy the Mediterranean weather when the temperatures start to drop in the UK.


My first month at LCMB

I’m now one month into my placement as a marketing graduate at LCMB as part of the EU funded Time2Grow programme which is designed to help businesses solve some of their most challenging problems by giving them access to a graduate workforce. Coming out of University I was always worried about what kind of role I would find myself doing, however this role has provided me with everything I hoped for. The first month has been fascinating as I have had more responsibility than I had previously in past jobs, and I have always been keen to try to make a real impact.

Read more about Camerons experience here at LCMB

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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 01295 722823  [email protected] to discuss how the LCMB accelerated ROI audit can improve your organisation performance and return on investment.

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