Posted on Jun 17 2015 - 10:16am by John Peters
Comments Off on The Bright Building at the University of Bradford – one of the most eco-friendly structures in the world

The University of Bradford’s origins go back to 1832, when The Mechanics Institute was set up to meet the city’s growing need for workers with cutting-edge skills. Today, the University gathers together 10,000 students from 110 nations and, with its ethos of ‘making knowledge work’, is the number one university for graduate employment in the north of England and number two in the UK. The University...

Posted on Jun 15 2015 - 12:54pm by John Peters
Comments Off on 47% of woman think drinking from a pint glass can be seen as unfeminine.

As the nation today raises their glasses on Beer Day Britain – the country’s national beer day, initiat-ed by one woman’s passion and celebrated with an official beer brewed by a woman – a new sur-vey shows that almost one in two women (47%) think that a woman drinking from a pint glass can be seen as unfeminine. The findings come from a new survey released by Friends of Glass on Beer...

Posted on Jun 15 2015 - 10:05am by John Peters
Comments Off on Smart technology keeps Britain moving

Smart technology accounts for a tiny percentage of the Highways Agency’s budget, but without it, flagship schemes such as Smart Motorways, which improve safety and boost road capacity, wouldn’t be possible. Britain’s roads are getting busier. There are now almost 35 million registered vehicles in the country and this figure is continuing to rise, putting the Highways Agency responsible for the...

Posted on Jun 12 2015 - 10:30am by John Peters
Comments Off on Five reasons why sit-stand is on the up

There is a wave of enthusiasm for sit-stand workstations in the workplace. Are the benefits real or is it all hype? Sit-stand workstations can end up costing quite a few pounds so you need to be sure you’re doing it for the right reasons – and that you will see a return on your investment. Here, Scandinavian Business Seating’s Stacey Turner gives five reasons why you should consider sit-stand...

Posted on Jun 11 2015 - 10:27am by John Peters
Comments Off on Steelcase researchers have identified the solution to ‘presence disparity’

Making distance disappear is a major challenge for businesses that operate across multiple locations. Despite advances in technology, meetings of dispersed teams can be problematic, as those who are working remotely won’t have the same experience as colleagues together in the same room. Steelcase calls this ‘presence disparity’ and warns that it can undermine the benefits of having a diverse,...

Posted on Jun 10 2015 - 10:20am by John Peters
Comments Off on KI finds the right formula

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) has achieved a 20% increase in capacity at its offices in London and Cambridge without compromising the personal space of its 475 employees. In a three-phase refurbishment between 2012 and 2014, KI and Office Extra transformed RSC’s headquarters at Thomas Graham House, Cambridge and its London offices in Burlington House, Piccadilly. To improve space utilisation...

Posted on Jun 9 2015 - 10:16am by John Peters
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Logitech has launched its most advanced wireless mouse to date. Hand-sculpted for comfort, control and speed, the MX Master Wireless Mouse (£79.99) has a speed-adaptive scroll wheel that lets you shift automatically from click-to-click to hyper-fast scrolling and a thumbwheel for side-to-side scrolling and page switching. Using Bluetooth Smart Technology or the Logitech Unifying receiver, you can...

Posted on Jun 8 2015 - 10:13am by John Peters
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Wilkhahn’s StandUp brings a bit of fun to the office or home. Perfect for recreational and breakout zones, workshop spaces and lobbies and waiting areas, it is designed to encourage group dynamics and creativity. The self-righting stool is shaped like an ice cream cone and is available in red, orange, green, light blue and black ...

Posted on Jun 5 2015 - 10:10am by John Peters
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Steelcase has launched a sleeker version of its THINK chair. Reflecting the changing nature of the workplace, the new look Think is claimed to combine the comfort and adjustability of a task chair with the flexibility of a conference chair. Continuing Think’s tradition of sustainability – it was the first chair to receive Cradle-to-Cradle environmental certification when launched in 2004 – Steelcase...

Posted on Jun 4 2015 - 10:06am by John Peters
Comments Off on Could Lumie light boxes become standard issue for night workers?

Could Lumie light boxes become standard issue for night workers? That all depends on the results of an on-going European research project. Light therapy is well known as a means of alleviating seasonal affective disorder (SAD), aiding sleep and improving feelings of wellbeing, but could it also reduce the heightened risk of type 2 diabetes amongst night shift workers? This is the question Cambridge-based...