Rapport’ has recently been commissioned to manage and develop design options for Verisk Analytics at their Fleet office in Hampshire.

As a leading source of insurance data information, our team will provide an objective review of Verisk’s current space and work practices in addition to designing a new floor to accommodate new ways of working to improve internal communication and ensure further growth and development.

Actions to date:

  • Workspace analysis
  • Design and cost options

Size: 7.620 sq ft across two floors

Location: Fleet, Hampshire

Services: Design, Management & Cost Consultancy


If you are in the process of planning a relocation project or refurbishment programme and would like further advice, do get in touch.
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A recent report reveals 83% of technology experts believe they should play a key role in how the built environment operates.

The report ‘Future proof real estate: is the property sector ready for the 2020’s’ conducted by Osborne Clarke and FTI consulting researched 500 technology experts for the report which focuses emerging tech trends.

The most significant advice from the report looks at the need for property companies to be ready and ‘act quickly’ with tech trends for wide-scale adoption by 2021.

Savannah de Savary, from ‘Built-ID,’ the digital platform for those who want to discover who and what the best agents of change in the built environment explains:

“The single, greatest impact that technology giants such as Apple, Google and Facebook are having on the built environment – both in terms of how they are shaping their workspace and local communities and their recent move into creating digital cities – is that property companies are realising that they need to up their game.”

De Savary raises the “Amazon effect” on Seattle as a prime example. The tech company’s headquarters which operations in Seattle have been credited with adding $38 billion to the city’s economy, with a commensurate impact on real estate values and employment

In the UK, she sees brands such as Google at King’s Cross, Snap at Fitzrovia and Twitter in Soho as perpetrators of “real estate ripple effect.”

“Landlords are bending over backwards to woo tech companies and moreover, looking for ways to replicate their approach to real estate. They have observed how these companies approach workspace design and spread their influence into place making, using music, art and culture to attract the best and create destinations.”

De Savary also believes that tech companies are influencing building design and sustainability Her reference point on
this is Bloomberg’s new European HQ in London has just been voted the world’s most sustainable office building with a plethora of innovative operational, power, lighting, water and ventilation systems.

“Founder Michael Bloomberg was very much the visionary for this, working in partnership with architect Norman Foster, and the result is a shining beacon for other companies and city planners to try and emulate.”

De Savary hopes that the symbiotic relationship between the worlds of technology and property continues to flourish.

“Technology is now shaping every aspect of our world for the better, and the same applies to the built environment!”

PropTech UK – UKPA represents and assists companies and individuals who are active in the UK’s PropTech sector, promoting engagement between technology business and the property industry. 

To read and download the full report, click here.


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Relocating to a new office is an exciting time for a business and its staff.  A change of scenery is invigorating and inspiring. However, if you are the one running a relocation project, it can be overwhelming.

Our team of experts at Rapport’ have developed a concise, office relocation checklist to help you with the first stages of the project, to the day of completion and occupation. Leaving you free to focus on your business.

Our checklist will help you to;

  • Define roles and responsibilities during the project.
  • Engage with stakeholders.
  • Understand location priorities.
  • Budgets and financial considerations.
  • On-site considerations before, during and after your projects completed.

Click here to download now.


If you are in the process of planning a relocation project or refurbishment programme and would like further advice, do get in touch.
01252 712590 
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Businesses are living in an unpredictable time.  Factors such as remote working, technology, high rental costs and the economy are all having an impact on how we work, and the workspaces businesses require now and in the future.

So how can your business keep up with the times when your company is unable to relocate?

We break down our workspace trends for 2018 below.

1. Cater to a wide-range of age groups

staffAs the retirement age continues to rise and the practicalities of having to, or wanting to work past the retirement age become a reality, businesses now need to consider adjusting their workplace initiatives and workspaces to accommodate.

The Office for National Statistics recently revealed that the number of women working past the age of 70 has doubled in the past four years. Whereas, one in seven men continue to work into old age amid growing concerns over the bleak outlook for pensions.

There are many benefits to a mixture of ages working together. The older gen with their invaluable work experience, and the new gen for their tech and social media expertise.

2.  Spaces to share and care

office breakout areasA great way to engage all generations in a workplace is to provide a variety of open-plan areas that encourage and inspire open-dialogue, conversation and bonding.

Spaces that are creative and colourful are perfect for workshops, regular get-togethers and brainstorming. The more tonal and neutrally designed areas offer a calmer space for teams or individuals who need time to concentrate or reflect.  These break-out areas are also perfect for less formal HR catch-ups or personal reviews.

 

3. Smart space solutions

office partitions

If your business is unable to move, and you need to utilise and make the most out of your space, consider space saving solutions.

Agile non-permanent and architectural partition screens and office pods extend and complement most office landscapes without the long-term commitment. These solutions work by dividing open spaces or create closed and partially closed rooms dependant on your need.

Equally, sound-proof pods ensure staff have some quiet and more private areas for meetings or for individual tasks that need concentration away from the distractions of an open-plan office.

4. Innovative technology

technologyAs many businesses utilise flexible working initiatives, a wide-range of technology can now make it possible to reduce the number of internal and external meetings.

Systems like Join me, Skype, virtual meetings and other video conferencing solutions can have an impact on the need for numerous conference spaces.

When face-to-face meetings do take place, make sure your technology is efficient.

 

5. Agile furniture

agile furnitureAs departments and businesses change and grow, ensuring your furniture and spaces are agile is crucial. It can also help your business save money in the long-term.

Make sure your seating is tested by your staff and is adjustable, to different heights, body types and other generational needs.

Offering a combination of seated and standing desks will also aid wellbeing in the office, by taking the pressure off staff sitting all day.


Rapport can help in the process with our specialist employee workshops and space planning mythology. Just get in touch to find out more.
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Rapport’ has been appointed to project manage an exciting relocation project for Thrive Homes, the housing association that owns and operates more than 4,000 rented and leasehold properties in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

The project will commence in early January 2018 and will see Thrive relocate from Watford to Hemel Hempstead.

Rapport will provide structured project management and cost planning, working with the client’s design team utilising our extensive experience to achieve the most cost-effective delivery of our clients’ project objectives.

Rapport’s business ethos is to provide professional and innovative construction consultancy services for an increasing range of clients and their projects, in both the public and private sectors.   With a history of working with Housing Associations, we have previously delivered projects for Shepherd’s Bush Housing Association and Rosebery Housing. Additionally, as lead consultants, we have advised procurement options to other associations considering relocation and refurbishment projects.


If you are in the process of planning a relocation project or refurbishment programme and would like further advice, do get in touch.
01252 712590 
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