Heating Cambridge’s all-electric Entopia Building

The heating demands of a 1930s Cambridge University building will be reduced to a minimum in a deep energy retrofit that will enable a small, all-air primary heating system to be installed, as
Liza Young reports

From BBC to BIO: turning offices into laboratories

The growing life sciences sector is leading to more office space being repurposed as research laboratories for cutting-edge firms, including a former BBC building in West London. Andy Pearson reports

Distance and dilution: Hoare Lea’s Covid-secure headquarters

Before Hoare Lea started offering advice to clients about making their offices Covid-secure it looked at how its own air handling units could be modified to make its King’s Cross headquarters safe and comfortable. Hoare Lea’s Steve Wisby explains

Performance pioneers: the developers targeting real outcomes

Eleven office developments will trial the UK version of Australia’s Nabers rating scheme, which grades buildings by actual performance. Andy Pearson speaks to consultants on the Design for Performance initiative about outcome-based designs

Factors affecting workplace satisfaction

A major occupancy study by Hoare Lea, with support from UCL, has revealed that cultural and organisational factors have the greatest effect on workplace satisfaction, while daylight, indoor air quality and thermal comfort are the environmental factors that have the biggest influence