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Workplace architecture & design supplement


Industry news COMMENT: Retail parks need to shape up COMMENT: Workspace at your service


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Upgrading to a new version Jess Unwin visits Microsoft’s new base in Paddington to see how transparent and flexible workspaces encourage collaboration, reflecting a ‘sea change’ in the IT giant’s approach


A pioneer reaches new heights With its original height having been restricted during the First World War, the UK’s first concrete framed building has finally reached its original potential thanks to a glazed addition that provides a thoroughly modern workplace. Mark Smulian reports


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A different way of co-working Today’s co-working spaces need to be vibrant and engaging if they are to attract dynamic young businesses, and in that context the newly opened Huckletree West doesn’t disappoint, reports Ray Philpott


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The value of wellbeing Oliver Ronald of Boss Design looks at why employee wellbeing is heavily influencing workplace design and office furniture specification


Smooth operators Martin Cummins of Bostik looks at why smoothing compounds are advisable for workplace floors, and the key specification considerations to achieve the right result


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Efficiency expectations Maria Holton of Luceco explains how the importance of lighting comfort in the workplace has grown in importance, alongside the continued focus on efficiency


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First impressions Franz Lorenschitz of Allgood explores the power of ironmongery to offer the right first impression to users across a range of settings


Successful soundproofing Designing the ideal workplace acoustics is a complex challenge, but getting the right balance of aesthetics and effective soundproofing is crucial for business success, as Hush Acoustics’ Robert Crampton explains


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