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Office outlook

Published on: 9th July 2018 Views away from the office allow the eyes to adjust and refocus, reducing employee fatigue, headaches and eye strain. Ideally views should be aesthetically pleasing with views of the outdoors having the additional benefit of daylighting as discussed earlier.

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Office Layout

Published on: 9th July 2018 Workspace density, tasked based spaces and breakout spaces are all things that needed to be considered when designing an office layout. The layout of an office can have an effect on concentration, collaboration, confidentiality and creativity. Hot desking and shared workspaces are becoming increasingly common in modern working environments with the objective to increase workspace density and provide more efficient spaces.

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Noise and Acoustics

Published on: 9th July 2018 Noise levels within the office can vary substantially from office to office depending on the industry. Both external and internal noise is one of the lead causes of dissatisfaction within the workplace, and is particularly problematic within open plan offices. Noise distractions can not only impact productivity but can have a detrimental impact on employee health and stress levels. Finding the balance between background sound levels and distractions can be tricky with a recommendation of 45dBA for open plan offices and 40dBA for cellular offices.

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Daylight and lighting

Published on: 9th July 2018 Lighting in the workplace must satisfy a variety of different needs, not only does lighting ensure we can carry out the task in front of us, it can also effect an employee’s mood, communication, and health.  Poor lighting and lack of control of the visual environment can influence employee productivity, whilst visual discomfort such as poor visibility, glare and flicker can lead to headaches and eyestrain.

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Time to power up - green energy options for caravan parks

Published on: 9th July 2018 Sustainability has become an increasingly important consideration in so many areas of our lives, and rightly so. There has never been more of a need for energy optimisation and storage solutions. With increasing global energy prices, consumer demand for products which help reduce and manage energy costs, both domestic and commercial, is growing. Did you know you can earn additional income from your surplus capacity?

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When is a proposed or existing development lawful?

Published on: 6th July 2018 Lawful development certificates are certificates issued by local planning authorities (LPAs) which certify that a proposed or existing development is lawful. They can be useful to those thinking of developing their land and/or considering whether a proposed use or existing use or operation is lawful, perhaps in anticipation of selling or purchasing a property. There are two types of certificate, click here to find out more about these two types of certificates:

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An oversupply of casual dining outlets?

Published on: 5th July 2018 The UK casual dining market is undergoing a real period of transformation with operators facing difficult times due to cost pressures and consumers spending less and less on eating out. Mark Convery, retail agent in our Newcastle team commented on current trends in the casual dining sector and what impact it's having in the North East, in particular on Newcastle's burger restaurants. Recent surveys have shown that a quarter of consumers will spend less on eating and drinking out in 2018, which will only apply further pressure on the heavily congested casual dining sector. The transformation of Newcastle’s food and drink market has been gaining pace for some time, but perhaps the most notable change in recent years has been the number of casual dining venues that have opened in the city centre. At Eldon Square and Newgate Street in particular we have seen Tapas Revolution, Red’s True Barbecue, The Alchemist and Turtle Bay all open within the recent past.

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July Deals Update

Published on: 5th July 2018 During June we celebrated our Leeds office move with an opening party on the sky garden at our new Central Square offices. It was great to see a number of familiar faces and you can read a bit more and view a few event photos here.  In the 12 months since last year’s business rates revaluation the number of business that have appealed their business rates assessments has fallen by a massive 89%. Read what our business rates experts made of the changes in our latest update.

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Indoor air quality and ventiliation

Published on: 3rd July 2018 The quality of air within an office can have a significant impact on worker health, and in turn productivity. There are various health implications associated with poor indoor air quality including respiratory problems, infections and irritants. Research carried out by the World Green Building Council in 2003 recorded a 11% increase in productivity as a result of increased fresh air to the workstation and a reduction in pollutants, with the optimum ventilation rate of between 20 and 30 litres per second (higher than the minimum standard of 8-10 litres per second).

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