The 3 minute catch up: news, views, inspiration and talking points from the world of commercial fit outs and office interior refurbishments.

Don Draper's Office In Mad Men - A Retro Icon

There’s nothing like an award-winning TV show to start a new trend. While Sex in the City influenced the wardrobes of countless women and Stranger Things propelled our musical tastes back to the 1980s, it was a certain American drama that...

Are Dado Rails In Fashion In 2022?

When planning new office refurbishments in London or in any location, it’s very rare that the finished product will be a plain, white room. There’s a myriad of details that can be applied or highlighted in order to add interest and personality to a...

Office Reception Ideas - How To Make The Correct First Impression

Call it superficial but appearances count and your office reception is the first point-of-contact for visitors and staff. This space should convey your brand and set standards. It also has a role to play in making people feel safe, secure and...

Office Kitchen Ideas

Given that many of us spend eight hours a day in our place of work, having access to a clean and functional office kitchen is a basic right. If your sink is full of dirty dishes or your office is full of overpowering odours around 12 o’clock, it’s...

Dulux Colour of The Year 2022: Bright Skies

Just like in fashion, the world of interior design has trends that come and go. One of the areas subject to change is paint colours. From vibrant hues to soft shades, each year the major paint manufacturers announce which colour is in vogue for the...

Agile Working Meaning - Definition & Practices

Most business owners will have heard of the term agile working but before the pandemic, it was a peripheral concept perhaps reserved for creative industries and those taking a more left-field approach to the workplace. Now, with a shift towards...

3 ideas to take from Google’s new London HQ

The new Google headquarters, London is on track for completion in 2024 and with every year that passes, new details about how the workplace will look are revealed. Along with widely known features, including a rooftop running trail, a multi sports...

Desks still empty? Here’s how to lure back stubborn staff and execute the office reopening plan

MP Jacob Rees-Mogg is no stranger to news headlines, and his latest antics received their fair share of column inches. It was the latter part of his job title - the minister of state for Brexit opportunities and government efficiency – that...

New office? Make it neurodiverse friendly

Employers are being asked to give more consideration to those who are neurodiverse. Although an estimated 1 in 7 of us suffers from a hidden disability, such as autism, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia or OCD, many of today’s workplaces are not set up to...

Offices: it’s no work and all play

What role does the modern office amenities now play in business? It’s a question you may be asking yourself if you don’t offer a public-facing service. There’s no question that a degree of home working is here to stay but so is the office. What is...

Considerations when planning a video conferencing room

Excessive travel is increasingly becoming a business faux pas, especially since the pandemic has taught us that meetings can be conducted in different counties – and even countries – without leaving our desks. As well as a better use of time,...

Expansion plans grip the buoyant estate agency sector

Coming to a High Street near you are bigger and better-staffed estate agency branches, if the results of a new survey are taken into account. Property company Nested questioned almost 1,000 estate agents this January to establish their attitudes to...

Is coffee the answer to increasing post-pandemic footfall?

Coffee is the answer to lots of questions. Need an energy boost before starting work? Grab an espresso. Suffering from a 3pm slump? Sip a sweet latte. Looking for an informal place to meet? Head out for a cappuccino. Coffee is also the answer for...

Could you work with just half of your desks?

With Covid edging closer to endemic status and a spring season ahead where the Government looks set to ease restrictions even further, the great return to work can begin in earnest. The Prime Minister has called upon Whitehall to lead by example,...

Not on the High Street, or are we?

It was only a matter of weeks ago that MPL was debating the future of High Street estate agency branches. We wrote about Meyers in Dorset, who had chosen a business park over a shopping thoroughfare for the location of its new branch. True to the...

User studies are the star planning tool for 2022

While it is the start of a brand-new year, it is the same old story when it comes to working patterns and places. The ultra-infectious Omicron Covid strain has left workplaces up and down the country understaffed, with reports of 25-50% occupation...

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...

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...

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