Tag: workspace design


Central Working's space in Bloomsbury

Workspace Trends #2 – Incubator Spaces

The demand from start-ups for co-working spaces as well as incubators and accelerators is firmly increasing.  A recent CBRE report found that 40% of companies were using or looking at some form of co-working space.  Companies are driven by a need for a cost-effective space and one that can flex with their developing needs. Co-working spaces have to deliver on an unusual range of functional...

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Can employee engagement be improved by workspace design?

Making sure your staff are engaged with your business is clearly critical to success. There is plenty of research evidence out there to show that engaged employees are more productive, will deliver better services to your customers and will stay with you for longer.  But does the design of a workspace play a role in this? The first thing to say is that yes it...

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Workspace Trends #1 – Pop-Up Teams

Workspace Trends #1 – Pop-Up Teams

Over the next few months we are going to post a series of blogs on some of the trends that we are seeing in workspace design and the world of work. This week, we start with pop-up teams. For many organisations, the layout and space planning of their workspace is a constraint. It involves lots of heavy, single-purpose furniture and built-in IT infrastructure…none of which is...

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A design workshop using a scale model

Value of staff involvement in workspace design

The creation of a new workspace is almost always linked to some form of change within a company. Often it is about finding new ways of working but it might also be a more significant organisational change. What is usually overlooked is the role that the design process can play in supporting this change. The new workspace is usually developed to facilitate and enable the change....

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Example concept design for classroom

CCD commissioned to design training centre interior

CCD, working in collaboration with AV specialists HyperSphere, have been commissioned to completely revamp the main training centre for an oil & gas company in Saudi Arabia. We are working to renew the interior spaces and integrate the technology into the classroom environments whilst providing increased flexibility in how the spaces are used by both instructors and students. HyperSphere, UK based global technology solutions provider, will be responsible...

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Whiteboard areas in CERN's design office

Psychology of Collaboration – a talk from Herman Miller

Last night the CCD team attended a talk at Herman Miller on the Psychology of Collaboration as part of Clerkenwell Design Week.  The talk was based on research Herman Miller commissioned with Nigel Oseland. There was some interesting evidence on how poor many people see their workspace as supporting the work they are trying to do – around half of people think their workspaces is...

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Sit/Stand – a personal experience

Sit/Stand – a personal experience

Just back from three years working in Copenhagen and thought I’d share a few thoughts on sit/stand desks in the workplace. First, in Denmark, all office workplaces are required to be sit/stand.  This, and the right to have a certain level of daylight in the office, is what you’d expect of the Scandi work ethos. So how does this bobbing up and down work in...

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Designing control rooms to promote wellbeing & productivity

Designing control rooms to promote wellbeing & productivity

David Watts will be presenting at the annual IBC Control Room conference asking why control rooms haven’t traditionally learnt the lessons from workspace design on producing more human spaces.  To minimise the risk of distraction etc control rooms are often austere spaces with minimal decoration or green spaces; or sometimes, in contrast, they are over-elaborate spaces designed to create eye catching visuals for the operator’s brand....

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Standing more at work?

Standing more at work?

There has been a lot of coverage in the media recently around a newly published study that says office workers should spend more time at work on their feet. The study focuses on the benefits of standing at work because a clear link has been established between productivity and standing for certain tasks. Of course, as the study acknowledges, there are lots of other things...

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Our perspective on the 2015 Salone del Mobile in Milan

Our perspective on the 2015 Salone del Mobile in Milan

Every year in April, Milan erupts with energy for the ‘Salone del Mobile’. You go to the Salone and ‘Fuori Salone’ for ideas not so much to see products. It’s an intense few days to concentrate on design, exchange ideas with colleagues and to be inspired. The event requires strategic planning as it’s vast. Here are a couple of memorable installations, one from the fairground...

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