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Acoustics become 2021’s biggest office challenge

When the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management questioned 2,000 adults who had been working from home, it found most of them had returned to the office at least once since the lockdown had lifted. Upon their return, 7 out of 10 said they...

Is your office exciting enough to tempt staff back?

September is always a watershed moment in the year. Summer ends, schools return and for many, it feels like the start of a new chapter. This year, September is also serving as a line in the sand between home working and a return to the office. Not...

7 walls option to try in your workplace

Many of the commercial refit projects that MPL undertakes involve expansive open place offices that are handed over as shells. Our design team are expert space planners and after taking a detailed brief from the client – learning about the staff,...

4 design suggestions for a two-day-a-week office

Although a new YouGov survey found that just one in five bosses will ask staff to sit at their central desk for a full working week, and with Institute of Directors claiming two thirds of business leaders will allow remote working, it has been...

3 Ways to Work Wooden Slats into your Office Design

Wood never falls out of interior design and architectural fashion but there are so many ways it can be used to add interest in the workplace, so why stop at furniture? Some of our most well-received office refurbishment feature timber slats – here...

ITV’s relocation & how it relates to you

When we saw the news that broadcaster ITV had taken on the 13-year lease at White City Broadcast Centre – once the home of the BBC – the MPL office was filled with chatter. The move highlights three current ‘hot topics’ in the office sector, some...

How to avoid Boris-style wallpaper woes

There can be no more notorious refurbishment than the very expensive one that has recently taken place at No. 11 Downing Street – the home of the newly-wedded Mr & Mrs Boris Johnson. A national outcry occurred when news leaked of a reported...

The front-of-house is here

Nothing has made us MPL's team of shop fitters happier than seeing retail stores, restaurants and pubs reopen to the public but times have changed. Rather than people casually meandering in off the street, currently tables need to be pre-booked and...

Raising the bar

How we work and when we work has undergone a radical overhaul in recent years, especially with our predisposition for an open plan, collaborative way of working. This has given rise to a new workplace zone – the break-out bar - which falls...

A penchant for pendants

Have you ever looked up and noticed what office lighting you have? Workplaces that haven’t had a recent refurbishment are bound to feature very basic lights that nestle alongside the ceiling tiles, perhaps with a less-than-attractive metal grill...

A softer style to ease employees back to their desks

As the UK successfully takes step one of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown, news headlines are increasingly reporting the steady return to central offices. Of note, however, is the intention of many businesses to offer employees a flexible...

Achieve stakeholder satisfaction & avoiding expensive mistakes

As the saying goes, a change is as good as a rest so it’s only natural that our Prime Minister wanted to freshen things up after a pretty turbulent 12 months. Boris Johnson’s approach, however, has left the nation - and MPL's interior office...

Redesigning offices with duty of care in mind

As MPL Interiors has recently written about, 2021 is the year businesses will be hoping to bring employees back into the workplace. While carefree, Covid-free days may be a little out-of-reach for now, it is totally possible to create a safe,...

All back to the office?

It was Canary Wharf's head of strategy, Howard Dawber, who was among the first to stick their head above the parapet and forecast a return to office life. While MPL, as office design and build specialists , know the work-from-home movement will...

There’s a vital place for plants in the workplace

We wrote about biophilic design – conscious decisions to weave elements of the natural world into workplace refurbishments – back in 2018 but it is a principle that should have greater role in office designs moving forwards . Even the most hardened...

4 Sophisticated fakes for a first-class workplace interior design

Whether you’re planning a new commercial interior design with one eye on a budget, are looking for the most practical solutions or lack original features, the MPL designers can offer workarounds to many design constraints. In this blog we reveal...

Office refurbishment in 2021? 4 key workplace trends to adopt this year

Whether you’re trying to tempt workers back to the office, hopeful of turning the heads of new talent or providing a more motivating workplace for employees who never left, tuning in to 2021’s commercial design London trends will help your cause....

5 ways to improve your home office environment & desk set up

It may seem counterintuitive for us, as commercial fitters and office design specialists , to support the idea of working from home but we’re operating in a new era that will see many of us split our time between an employer’s building and our own...

The same…but different: the gentle approach to redesigning your brand

Hamptons is a name familiar to many but upon looking back at its illustrious history when celebrating 150 years in existence, the owners took a chance to muse on what the next 150 years would look like. Its corporate identity is very strong, with...

Welcome to the office department

A unanimous decision by Westminster City Council in October 2020 could change the look – and the purpose – of our High Streets for years to come, with a very different approach to shop fit out projects . The council’s planning subcommittee granted...

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