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Building Performance Insights


With COVID positive cases increasing daily across the UK, and the COVID alert level increasing to 4 this week it is becoming even more essential that we all strive to make our workplaces as COVID secure, as possible, if bringing any of our staff back.

COVID secure workplaces which follow the UK Government and relevant technical guidance avoid the potential for COVID cross transmission within your workplaces by ensuring your workstations, ventilation, water, and other systems are safe.

When combined with social distancing this significantly reduces the risk to your employees.

I think the reality of what we are now seeing is suggesting that we can all expect to have to manage remote working, supported with COVID secure workplaces, until the end of 2021 at the very least. This means that we all need plans for COVID secure workplaces and estates strategies that work for the new normal of blended remote and workplace working. This approach will put us in the best possible position to response to changing circumstances over the coming months and support our people to stay safe, healthy and productive.

My colleague Rudi Du Plessis, LCMB’s Director of Operations gave a webinar recently explaining how to implement a safe return to the workplace. You can view Rudi’s webinar here and download our guidance document, ‘Managing a safe return to the workplace which offers some practical tips on doing this effectively.

At 11am on October 15th, I will be delivering our next webinar ‘Estate strategies for a post COVID world’.

During this webinar we’ll look at the new normal and set out how to implement the real estate lessons learnt during the COVID crisis.

We’ll set out a step by step approach to delivering a more flexible, agile property model that blends remote working with office-based working to improve employee experience, well-being and performance, and reduce property costs. I will also explain how LCMB’s new Thrive Service can evaluate the performance of your existing workplace.

You can sign up for the webinar for free

Good luck with your return to the workplace over the closing months of 2020 and beginning of 2021. Please do get in touch if you need any help to ensure your workplace is COVID secure or fit for the challenges of 2021.

And most importantly I hope you, your teams and loved ones are all managing to stay safe at present.

t: 01295 722823
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Want to improve performance and productivity within your existing workspace?


Over the last three years, LCMB have invested more than £0.5m in researching the impact of workplaces on employee performance and productivity.

We’ve combined this original research which has identified how to measure and then optimise workplace performance with our decades of experience reducing building operating costs, energy use and carbon emissions.

Through low-cost tweaks and changes to the Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) – essentially the workspaces you already have – you will see improvements in staff well-being, staff productivity, reduction in costs and it will give you a competitive advantage.

If you’d like to review the performance of your existing estate and consider how it can be optimised for a post COVID world in order to improve your employee well-being, performance and ultimately your bottom line then get in touch

Alternatively read an overview of our approach on our website

Estate strategies for a post COVID world Webinar: 15th October 2020, 11am



John O’Brien, Founder and MD of LCMB, will be running a webinar offering Estate strategies for a post COVID world’.

We are in the transition period to a ‘new normal’ which is due to continue for the foreseeable future, and therefore this webinar will set out how to implement the real estate lessons learnt during the COVID crisis.

John will present a step by step approach to delivering a more agile property model that blends remote and office-based working to improve the employee experience, their well-being and performance and reduce property costs.

The webinar is free, but you need to register here to attend

Productivity and well-being


Productivity is Wellbeing


The way we are working has changed a great deal since April, and the correlation between productivity and well-being is something that is being discussed often.

Rudi Du Plessi’s latest blog discusses Sieman’s innovative [and long over-due] clause in their remote working policy which values work delivered over time taken to deliver it.

Through analysing work culture and work environment and the affect on productivity demonstrates that the 9-5 system is in need of a revamp.

To read more go here

Managing well-being in a COVID world


The COVID world we live in now has created different challenges for management and estates teams. Not only do they have to ensure the office-based work environment is conducive to creating motivated and productive staff, but now they also have to consider how to do the same with a remote team as well.

The key to ensuring the remote working environment is as healthy as the office environment is through education. Letting staff know what they need to do to make their home offices safe.

John O’Brien discusses this in his latest blog which you can read here

Returning to work safely 


Returning to work safely


Earlier this month, Rudi Du Plessis, Director of Operations held a fascinating and invaluable webinar on the question, How do we return to work without compromising our safety?

This provided lots of hints and tips to ensuring your workforce not only are safe in the workplace, but also feel safe and have confidence in the measures you have put in place.

If you missed it, you can view the recording here  as well as download the report on ‘Managing a safe return to our workplaceshere

If you would like a no obligation chat to discuss ensuring your workplace is COVID secure please contact us on 01295 722 823.

Don’t forget to register for our October webinar ‘Estate strategies for a post COVID world

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COVID alert level 4, workplace solutions and responses

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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