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

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 your office. As interior design and space planning specialists, we recognize there is...

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 space sharing about to save the stores we love? Whether it’s to do with BREXIT, out-of-town retails parks, online shopping or...

Why you must offer coffee in your office

Want to keep your staff healthy and make guests feel welcome? Offer them a coffee. New research has backed up previous claims that drinking a brew can encourage wellness. Did you know drinking more than two cups of coffee a day can lower the risk...

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 redesign your office to accommodate robots. In 2016, the Bank of England claimed that up to 15 million jobs in Britain could be at risk in the future thanks to...

Natural light & your office

Are your staff looking miserable? Have you thought a lack of natural light may be hampering productivity and wellbeing? We’ve reported before on the research by Northwestern Medicine and the University of Illinois, which found working without...

Making a compelling argument for agile working

If you have rank and file staff who are comfortable with their current office set up and are resistant to change, you’ll need to hone your powers of persuasion. Many office and facilities managers have a forward-thinking vision for their office but...

Digital highlights

Today’s modern estate agency relies heavily on technology and office designs have 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 particulars so it’s no...

Got a bright idea? Getting exterior lighting right

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 the MPL team are talking about their weekend...

Office layout & design tricks for small spaces

Drawing on our years of office renovation experience, MPL brings you a quick guide to refurbishing small spaces. MPL Interiors is often asked to space plan and fit out small or ‘bijou’ offices. The overriding desire from clients is to maximise the...

Smart scheduling to keep your business open

At MPL Interiors we 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 have a real impact...

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