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Building Performance Insights

John O'Brien, LCMB

November is turning into a momentous month – Donald Trump is to be replaced in the Whitehouse and the UK Government have implemented a second lockdown in England until 2 December at least. Similar regional and local restrictions are in place in Northern Ireland and Scotland, with Wales recently ending their short ‘firebreak’ lockdown.  At least we heard some positive news for a change. The chance of a vaccine being available from various different pharmaceutical sources much sooner than originally thought is a relief to many.  We are all approaching lockdown a little differently this time, having learnt the ropes earlier in the year. Undoubtedly, there is major tragedy behind the need for this second lockdown. Many families have lost loved ones to this pandemic. We must all play our part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and observe the new rules, no matter how hard economically.

LCMB have reverted to our remote working model and are still available by phone, email or in person for our NHS, HE and other clients. Continuing to support and deliver COVID-19 secure services and workplaces for their customers and staff during this lockdown, our office remains open and phones will continue to be answered.

Over a third of workers are concerned about catching COVID-19 on the job, according to a study by the Resolution Foundation think tank. An independent poll commissioned by the British Council for Offices (BCO) shows that, once government measures allow, Britain is set to move to a ‘mixed’ working style.

The team and I are turning our attention to helping clients emerge from the latest lockdown. Everyone needs to reconfigure their workplaces for the realities of our new COVID-19 world and the concerns of our people and customers.
Other momentous occasions at LCMB this month include:

  • Welcoming Lucy Finnie to our team. Lucy is a recent graduate from the University of Birmingham and joins us to support our consultant teams.
  • Joseph Wright, Senior Consultant, is celebrating his first year with LCMB; Joe writes in this month’s newsletter about his experience during these eventful past twelve months.
  • We’ve written a new blog, ‘Keep on planning for the worst and hoping for the best’, detailing our thoughts on what’s next for our workplaces.
  • We’ve launched our new COVID-19 Secure service.
  • We’ve delivered another webinar where our clients share their COVID-19 Lessons Learnt and insights to help you respond over the coming months. Do sign up to January’s webinar.

We’re now looking forward to a world that sees the back of COVID-19 and Trump in 2021!

If you need help to implement COVID-19 secure workplaces for your staff and customers to operate during and after this current lockdown, please don’t hesitate to contact me or a member of the LCMB team.

Stay safe everyone



John O’Brien

Founder & MD

T: 01295 722823

E: [email protected]

Keep on planning for the worst and hoping for the best!

Over a third of workers are concerned about catching COVID-19 at work, according to a study by the Resolution Foundation think tank. An independent poll commissioned by the British Council for Offices (BCO) shows that, once government measures allow, Britain is set to move to a ‘mixed’ working style – a balance of office time and working from home.

Data from these surveys reinforces the need to offer COVID-19 secure workplaces for the benefit of our employees’ physical and mental wellbeing. The emerging challenge is how to offer blended office and home working that allows employees to be productive, content and happy in either environment.

To read the rest of this blog, including some insights from the survey results, click here.

COVID-19 Secure Working service – keeping compliant with regulations


Developed primarily to help organisations keep on top of current regulations, our new COVID-19 Secure Working service provides a comprehensive strategy for individual organisations. This is not a one-size-fits-all approach but a very tailored one, because not all workplaces, buildings and estates are the same.

Once your central strategy is complete, we will partner with you to implement your new long-term strategy. Looking deep within your organisation, we’ll pinpoint what COVID-19 secure solutions you may need. These steps will most likely include:

  • Regular COVID-19 risk assessments for all workplace types
  • Advice on various COVID-19 secure aspects such as hygiene, ventilation, one-way systems etc
  • Continuously monitoring Government guidelines to keep your policies and actions updated
  • Preparing you for the post-COVID world, reimaging and resizing your workplaces to suit

If you would like to find out more about how LCMB can help you develop COVID-19 Secure working please contact us

COVID-19 Lessons Learnt In Workplaces, Higher Education and the NHS


Earlier this month, John hosted our latest webinar where we were lucky enough to have two highly knowledgeable guests – Richard Kent, Director of Campus Operations at King’s College London, and Joe Nettleton, Head of Facilities at Havas UK. They spoke to us about the steps they’ve taken to manage their real estates throughout the pandemic.

During the webinar, Richard and Joe shared fascinating insights on their COVID-19 experiences to date and plans for the future.

If you missed this month’s webinar, watch it here.  We believe it’s an invaluable tool for any Directors of Estates, Facilities Managers, Operations Managers, HR professionals or employers who are managing real estate over the coming months and years.

Our next webinar will be at  11am Thursday 21st January 2021 so please make a note in your diary and we will send further details closer to the time.

Joe celebrates his first year at LCMB

Joe Wright - LCMB


When I first saw the advertisement for the Senior Consultant position at LCMB, it seemed a great opportunity to use my background in project and facilities management, and experience with sustainability and energy management, to support the business and its clients.

“One of the main differences is that my work had predominantly been working for organisations in-house. In this role, I work across multiple clients and portfolios, so I use my skills to support more organisations and be involved with a wide variety of projects.

“Another benefit is the opportunity for growth, learning how different organisations work and developing solutions to their challenges. Over the past year, I have been involved with:

  • Site wide BMS upgrade
  • Chiller replacements
  • Steam distribution system upgrades
  • Multi-million-pound Hard FM tender programme
  • Supporting NHS Trusts through the COVID-19 pandemic

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time and hadn’t realised a whole year had passed. Time seems to have flown by. “LCMB has a brilliant team and great things are being done with ambitious plans for the future. I’m glad to be a part of LCMB and I look forward to growing with the business over the coming years.”


The launch of our COVID-19 Secure workplace service

Case Studies

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 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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