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

Don’t have your cake and eat it

We could be wishing our colleagues a happy birthday with a bunch of grapes instead of a cake, if employers follow a new health guide. Our culture for celebrating good news with a slice of Victoria sponge or a jam doughnut has fallen foul of...

The kitchen is now the heart of the office

Is space at a premium in your office? If so, it may be time to ditch your closed-off kitchen in order to gain some extra space. You may have lost formal meeting rooms and a place for staff to gather as a result of rapid growth or subletting but...

Make a stand in the office

Stand more, sit less at work. Although it's a fairly new way of thinking in commercial design , it is proven to increase productivity and keep employees healthy. Studies from the British Heart Foundation of 2,000 UK office workers found that 37% of...

Refurbishment lessons from the Palace of Westminster

So there is to be a ‘full and timely decant’ at the Palace of Westminster. No, not the pouring of another bottle of Châteauneuf-du-Pape but the mass exodus of MPs while the Palace of Westminster undergoes a full refurbishment. The major restoration...

Engaging office design for Millenials

Ah, the gift of youth. A good business will actively seek to employ bright young things who have bags of enthusiasm and bundles of ideas but a different generation brings a different attitude to the workplace. Millennials – those born between the...

Injecting colour into office design

Are you beige or vanilla? As well as being shades of cream, these colour names are now being used to describe boring, uninteresting people and things. As office interior refurbishment and space planning specialists, we recognize there is a time and...

B is for beige and boring?

Are you beige or vanilla? As well as being shades of cream, these colour names are now being used to describe boring, uninteresting people and things – maybe even the office design and build you have chosen . As interior design and office fit out...

Office design and productivity go hand in hand

If you pay your staff to work eight hours a day, five days a week, you’d expect them to make an effort during those hours, right? Wrong. Although you can expect some time to be lost to idle gossip, procrastination and social media surfing, research...

What’s killing your productivity?

Although you can expect some time to be lost to idle gossip, procrastination and social media surfing, research has found that UK office staff are only productive for three days of the working week. If you pay your staff to work eight hours a day,...

Dual purpose stores – the future of High Street retail?

It can’t have escaped your notice that many High Street units across the country lie vacant but is a new style of retail design and space sharing about to save the stores we love? Whether it’s to do with BREXIT, out-of-town retails parks, online...

Why you must offer coffee in your office

Want to keep your staff healthy and make guests feel welcome? Ensure your interior office design is set up to offer coffee, as new research has backed up previous claims that drinking a brew can encourage wellness. Did you know drinking more than...

Are slippers the key to office productivity?

In an audacious bid to sell more products, footwear label Shoegarden urged people to wear slippers to work but is there more to this marketing gimmick? Shoegarden says its encouragement to swap brogues for booties is in response to changing...

Redesigning your office for robots

The threat to the human workforce is real and it may sound radical but you may have to rethink your approach to commercial design and office interiors to accommodate robots. In 2016, the Bank of England claimed that up to 15 million jobs in Britain...

Natural light & your office

Are your staff looking miserable? Have you thought a lack of natural light may be hampering productivity and wellbeing? Did you know a revised interior office design may help? We’ve reported before on the research by Northwestern Medicine and the...

Digital highlights

Today’s modern property industry relies heavily on technology and estate agency office design has changed to accommodate a growing desire for a digital operation. There can’t be many estate agents still nursing a Rolodex and a wad of printed...

Got a bright idea? Getting exterior lighting right

A shop design with bright lights certainly attract attention but get exterior lighting wrong and you may fall foul of the local council and conservation officers. Normally the subject of kebab shops only ever crops up when MPL's team of shop...

Office layout & design tricks for small spaces

Drawing on our years of experience in interior office design London , MPL brings you a quick guide to refurbishing small spaces. MPL Interiors is often asked to design commercial office refurbishments for small or ‘bijou’ offices . The overriding...

Smart scheduling to keep your business open

The office designers at MPL Interiors have fit outs down to a fine art and can schedule works so you can keep trading with minimum disruption. While an office refurbishment fills many with excitement and optimism, there are some logistics that can...

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