Tagged with 'technology'
The fit-out for The Hub building at Sky's Osterley campus is complete Read more
Sky wanted to re-purpose The Hub building at their Osterley campus, as a technical facility for software development, that entailed occupancy raising from 450 to 680 people.
BDG designed a workspace to support an additional 50% occupancy with specific support areas that allow the engineers to collaborate in both small and large teams. The requisite technology and spaces to support these software 'scrum' teams, who form and re-form often, have been incorporated.
Additional space was provided by in-filling some areas on the upper floors.
The project has just completed on site.
Cannington Court - Awards
EDF Energy's UK Training Centre wins more awards! Read more
Cannington Court - Awards
EDF Energy's UK Training Centre has won numerous awards recently - ranging from heritage awards that pay respect to the sensitive restoration of the site to innovation awards in recognition of the technology training centre that the site now supports. These awards are:
- Utility Technology Innovation Award at the Verdantix Energy Innovation Summit (February 2016)
- Heritage category award winner and Highly Commended in the 'Building of the Year' at the Construction Excellence, South West Built Environment Awards (May 2016)
- Heritage category award winner at the Michelmores Property Awards (May 2016), see video from the judges here.
These are great accolades to the team involved in the project, as from the outset, the aspirations for the Training Centre was to provide a showcase residential training facility in South West England to inspire innovation, creativity and interaction for all EDF Energy staff, business and education partners. The renovation required the sensitive restoration of listed buildings and integration of the contemporary requirements of a world-class technology training centre.
Since opening EDF Energy has increased their training capacity which they can provide at their own facility and they also use the site locally as a technological showcase to other businesses and technology partners.
More information on the project can be found here.
Office of 2030
A discussion with a group of millennials in the workplace design community discuss the office of 2030 Read more
Office of 2030
A lunchtime round table, hosted by BW Interiors, brought together a group of millennials within the workplace design community (including BDG’s Margarita Ianev) to discuss the office of 2030.
The discussion started with “is agile work working?” – the group agreed that agile doesn’t mean total open plan with bean bags and slides between floors, it means a workplace that suits the activities of your team and what their task are at different times. If a business has a traditional office based environment, such as a law firm, becoming agile could mean having unassigned offices to be booked at times when their staff need them, alongside a variety of work settings for other times. An increase in more shared areas in offices to facilitate interaction; sharing ideas and the opportunity to choose the work setting that suits them, is more relative to how millennials work.
Technology in the workplace, for many millennials, who are already so used to having linked devices; music streaming and apps for everything was a hotly debated topic. There was agreement that email was not always the most productive tool, it feels outdated and doesn’t foster communication – we need to calculate how effective emails are and not the number sent and received (or even unread). Alongside this, for electronic filing, saving files by tagging rather than a traditional system of saving work into folders is a more intuitive way of saving and indeed searching for files.
So, will the office of 2030 bring all these initiatives together? Each asked for one thing that the 2030 office will have, the millennials present said “more communication”; “a culture of trust”; “wellbeing”; “technology” and “inspiring spaces” were the most important aspects for them.