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4 facets that make up the ‘perfect job’

A new survey by OnePoll, which asked people what their dream job consisted of, revealed some fascinating thoughts. As well as the obvious answers about wage (that would be £44,000 per year) and hours (26 hours or even a four-day week), respondents...

High Street v. business parks: 2022’s debate

For estate and letting agents, it’s hard to find a more positive piece of PR than the opening of a new office. Adding to the network with a fresh branch shouts success. It also displays investment in the brand and serves as an outward sign that an...

Order your workplace eco-audit now

Did you see our blog on incoming minimum energy standards for non-residential dwellings? If you missed it, new standards for offices and commercial buildings will be introduced in 2023. Each building will be given an energy efficiency rating (an...

Blue is the colour of 2022

Dulux has announced its Colour of the Year and for 2022, Bright Skies is taking over. This shade of light dusky blue is just the ticket if you are looking to give your workplace a makeover, as it adds colour without being overpowering. Bright Skies...

Empty premises? Create a co-working space

Commercial and retail property owners may be thinking ‘what next’?’ for their space. We’re in somewhat of a limbo land, with the strictest of lockdowns over and the furlough scheme wound up, yet a pervading reluctance for people to go back to the...

Will your eco-failings leave your office unusable?

Many of us are familiar with EPC certificates that shows how energy efficient our owner-occupied and rented properties are but did you know that workplaces will soon be assessed in the same way? New standards set to be introduced in 2023 will see...

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...

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