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Oktra Summer Art Exhibition 2016

Oktra Summer Art Exhibition 2016

To encourage creativity and raise money for our chosen charity, Mind – we hosted a Summer Art Exhibition in our office over two weeks in August.

30/08/2016 by Judi MacLennan

6 things to see at designjunction 2016

6 things to see at designjunction 2016

As part of London Design Festival, we take a look at the 6 of the main events at designjunction - the cutting-edge design show coming this September.

30/08/2016 by Judi MacLennan

Workplace Futures: Our Top 5 Tech Trends 2016

Office Futures: Our Top 5 Tech Trends 2016

With many of our clients wanting to be on the cusp of innovation; we’ve gained insight into where the offices of the future might be heading.

14/04/2016 by Nic Pryke

The Healthy Workplace - Desking

The Healthy Workplace - Desking

When we talk about the healthy workplace we often speak of the value of investing in a great chair or clever lighting and technology but what about the ergonomics of your desk?

16/03/2016 by Nic Pryke

FX Design Seminar: Feel-good design

FX Design Seminar: Feel-good design

We recently spoke at FX magazine's annual Design Seminar, exploring what exactly constitutes as feel-good and healthy design.

07/03/2016 by

#LoveWhereYouWork - Thoughts from Team Oktra

#LoveWhereYouWork - Thoughts from Team Oktra

In the spirit of our #LoveWhereYouWork campaign we thought we should find out what our Oktorians love most about their workspace. Here's what they had to say.

11/02/2016 by Jonathan Edwards

The Healthy Workplace - Storage

The Healthy Workplace - Storage

In our final post on ergonomics in the workplace, we reflect on the effects poor storage and cluttered offices can have on both our working environments and our minds.

29/01/2016 by

Building The Smart Office

Building The Smart Office

Technology is changing both how we operate in our day-to-day lives and in our working world. Here, we explore how to stay ahead in the tech game and build the smart office.

15/01/2016 by

Bringing The Home Into The Workplace

Bringing The Home Into The Workplace

We explore how the home and workplace are becoming more and more interchangeable as people lean towards working in a more domestic environment.

16/12/2015 by Nic Pryke

The Healthy Workplace - Seating

The Healthy Workplace - Seating

Our third blog on ergonomics in the workplace focuses on how our office seating arrangements can impact our productivity, wellbeing and health.

29/10/2015 by David Murray

We're moving!

We're Moving Office!

It's time for us to pack up our things and say goodbye to Laser House as we make our preparations for our move to our new home at High Holborn! After ten weeks in the making our new workspace is ready!

21/10/2015 by

The Healthy Workplace - Noise

The Healthy Workplace - Noise

Our second blog on ergonomics in the workplace focuses on how noise can impact our workplace. Noise is another intangible source of anxiety that puts stress on our ears, productivity and wellbeing.

08/09/2015 by

Oktra Summer Art Exhibiton

Oktra Summer Art Exhibition

Oktra brings the Tate to Clerkenwell this summer - between Wednesday 26th August and Wednesday 16th September, Oktra will be opening their offices to friends and families for the inaugural Summer Art Exhibition.

26/08/2015 by

The Healthy Workplace - Lighting

The Healthy Workplace - Lighting

In our first post on ergonomics in the workplace, we reflect on office lighting and how a few small changes can make a world of difference to both body and mind.

17/08/2015 by Paul Dare

Trends in the Workplace

Trends in the Workplace

For a large part, Real Estate and Facilities Management are about providing workplaces. In these highly volatile times, the workplace is subject to fundamental changes and the drivers for change are of a business, organisational and technical nature. Ultimately, workplaces should foster workforce productivity and business results.

24/07/2015 by Nic Pryke

Wellness & the Agile Workplace

Wellness & the Agile Workplace

Our Creative Director Shaun Baker and Claire Gibson, Market Manager at Alternative Networks, recently hosted the second of our Oktra Talks seminars on staff wellbeing.

22/07/2015 by Cheré Falconer

Think FM Conference Round Up

Tackle engagement and community before loneliness kills us!

The Think FM conference, held last month by the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFIM), in Kings Place, London, hosted guest speakers that explored various hot topics, from how to gain a competitive advantage through the workplace, staff attraction and retainment as well as satisfaction and engagement.

01/07/2015 by Nic Pryke

BCO Conference 2015

BCO Conference 2015

At the recent British Council for Offices Conference 2015, one of the sessions discussed the need for a digitally balanced city. We thought this was an interesting view on a macro city-wide scale, which could equally apply to the office environment.

25/06/2015 by Nic Pryke

The Healthy Workplace

The Healthy Workplace

We recently visited the Workplace Trends conference, which explored the theme of The Healthy Workplace. Check out our blog to see what effect this is having on the workplace.

21/04/2015 by

BCO Chicago Round-Up

BCO Chicago Round-Up

This year’s British Council for Offices (BCO) Conference was held in Chicago, the home of tall buildings and a place where new development is now underway again. Back in the UK, we’re also seeing more activity despite the recovery being the third slowest in 650 years, after the Black Death and the South Sea bubble!

01/06/2015 by Nic Pryke

Oktra to design WeWork’s largest UK office

Oktra to design WeWork’s largest UK office

Oktra has been selected to deliver WeWork’s largest co-working office in the UK working with PDS as project manager. The firm has just leased 168,000 sq ft at Brookfield’s Moor Place development in Moorgate, London EC1.

07/04/2015 by

CoreNet 1BigDay

CoreNet 1BigDay

CoreNet Global’s UK Chapter held its annual 1BigDay Conference last month. Attended by 266 people and a record number of occupiers, the event was a refreshing take on the challenges faced by occupiers once change has taken place.

02/04/2015 by Nic Pryke

WeWork Launch Party

WeWork Launch Party

We sponsored the launch of WeWork's new offices in Soho, London on 27/02 which saw just over 300 people attend!

10/03/2015 by Rob Gregory

Rethinking the reception

Rethinking the reception

In this latest blog Shaun reveals his thoughts on the evolution of the traditional reception.

27/02/2015 by Nic Pryke

Maximising benefit from your office move

Maximising benefit from your office move

The inaugural event of the OktraTalks series took place last week. Entitled ‘Maximising benefit from your office move’, it gave great insight into not only the state of the property market but also the current office interior design trends.

09/02/2015 by

#Oktradiction

Read our latest blog with Senior Designer, Shaun Baker to gain an insight in to what he predicts will be the top trends in office interior design that will transform the industry this year.

03/02/2015 by Nic Pryke

Introducing our Oktra Talks breakfast series

Introducing our ‘Oktra Talks’ breakfast series

As experts in office interior design we believe it is our responsibility to provide our clients with all the ammunition they need to get the most out of their office move, in a world where staff retention and technology are dominating.

03/02/2015 by

The shape of the 2014 workplace

The shape of the 2014 workplace – an overview of the most popular topics from the last year

As experts in office refurbishment and fit-out projects we’re always exploring new topics that affect our industry and clients. We recently highlighted several hot topics that were trending online in December and this week we thought we’d provide you with a summary of Work Design Magazine’s latest blog - ‘What you needed to know about the workplace in 2014’. Read on to arm yourself with the essential workplace insights you’ll need to get a head start in 2015.

15/01/2015 by Nic Pryke

Construction Marketing Awards

Construction Marketing Awards

The shortlist has been announced for this year’s Construction Marketing Awards and Oktra is pleased to announce it’s been shortlisted in the ‘Best Branding & Positioning’ category.

28/11/2014 by Jonathan Edwards

The rise of coffee shop working

The rise of coffee shop working

The new BCO Guide to Specification 2014 identifies key drivers for change in the industry and one in particular caught our attention - ‘the rise of the coffee shop workplace’.

12/11/2014 by

Workplace Trends

Inclusive designs – stop, look and listen

We went to the Workplace Trends conference which explored the theme of designing for inclusion. Check out our blog to see what effect this is having on the workplace.

28/10/2014 by Nic Pryke

The digitally savvy workplace

The digitally savvy workplace

Here, we share the benefits of a strategic approach to office interior design, where technology is embedded in the workplace to increase productivity, efficiency and wellbeing.

02/10/2014 by

London Design Festival 2014 Round Up

London Design Festival 2014 Round Up

The Oktra team has had a busy 10 days. We’ve been to many inspiring events during the London Design Festival and checked out the latest trends at 100% Design. Here’s our round up from the office interior design perspective.

24/09/2014 by Nic Pryke

Angular versus round spaces in our office interior design

Angular versus round spaces in our office interior design

Listening to a sensory marketing specialist from Oxford University at 100% Design this year who expounded the benefits of circular shapes, we felt it pertinent to remind our readers about the benefits of the round versus the angular.

24/09/2014 by Paul Dare

Workplaces and the senses

Workplaces and the senses

We design office interiors every day of the week. We do this for a variety of organisations in different sectors, from legal to media and technology, but they all share one thing in common. They’re looking to use their workplace as a business tool – to make staff more productive so their success and bottom line improve.

24/09/2014 by Sonia Hudson

The new-fangled ‘relaxed’ employer

The new-fangled ‘relaxed’ employer

Workplace densities have risen steadily over the past six years. Fuelled by the recession, more and more companies sought to be smarter with their space, using office interior design to allow the workspace to operate more efficiently and adapting it to accommodate an increasing number of employees within the same footprint.

24/09/2014 by

How to plan a stress-free office relocation

How to plan a stress-free office relocation

An office relocation can seem like a huge task. With lots of planning and involvement from internal and external experts it doesn't have to be! In this blog, we’ve outlined some tips to help you get started with your office relocation.

01/09/2014 by

How to choose your perfect office space

How to choose your perfect office space

In this blog we’ll take you through some of the major considerations you’ll face so that you can approach your office fit out with total confidence. Get this right first time and the rest will be a breeze.

28/08/2014 by

TMT sector leads the way in workplace design

TMT sector leads the way in workplace design

Recent research from the British Council for Offices (BCO) revealed that the technology, media and telecoms (TMT) sector is having a huge impact on the commercial property industry. The report suggests that the fast paced, entrepreneurial nature of TMT companies means firms in this sector pick up workplace trends and adopt ground-breaking workplace solutions faster than other industries, and lead the way in interior office design and fit out as a result.

21/08/2014 by

How much office space do I need?

How much office space do I need?

We would normally allocate 100 sq ft per person, however with office rents rising, companies expanding and the popularity of ‘hot desking’ increasing, you may find that you need more or less space than the average occupier. We've outlined some areas for consideration before you sign on the dotted line.

19/08/2014 by Rob Gregory

The Death of the Desk

The Death of the Desk

Our furniture consultant David Ahmed discusses the personal workspace. With flexible working and hot desking trending, is the personal workplace a dying concept?

18/08/2014 by

Time is of the essence

Time is of the essence

With the availability of office space in London lower than average, competition for space is high and businesses need to act fast. When time is of the essence design and build comes into its own, speeding up the overall relocation or refurbishment programme and more so now on projects over 50,000 sq ft.

15/08/2014 by

Should I stay or should I go?

Should I stay or should I go?

A commercial office relocation or refurbishment is a big decision. Is your current workspace working hard enough for you?

07/08/2014 by

Building efficiency Issue 1 of 3

Where is the government taking building efficiency (and when)?

Our sustainability expert Lara Conaway attended the UKGBC event focused on energy efficiency policy and practice in commercial buildings. Lara summarises a few of the key topics discussed – 'where now for energy efficiency policy in the commercial stock?'

01/08/2014 by Lara Conaway

All work and no play.

Creating the perfect working environment

Fun at work. It’s a divisive topic. Cynics question how spending time at work not working could possibly boost productivity. Begrudgingly, they may concede that video games and table football might suit media and technology companies, creative agencies and the like, but not in the corporate business world.

30/07/2014 by

Rules of the workplace - office etiquette

Rules of the workplace - office etiquette

With the majority of organisations having made or making the move to open plan offices, whether for cost reasons or to enhance the flexibility of their space, there is an increasing need to change the way employees behave.

24/07/2014 by Erika Linghorn

The workspace of the future?

The workspace of the future?

The workspace is continually changing. Erika keeps us up to speed on the latest trends in workplace design.

02/07/2014 by Erika Linghorn

Office design & FM go hand in hand

Office design and facilities management go hand in hand

Facilities management teams are critical to the success of effective workspace design. Importantly, they have the overview and the insight into how space is used by the business, what’s working well and what’s missing, and how to maintain it over the long term.

26/06/2014 by Bruce Pleckinger

Why you hate work

Why do you hate your work?

Earlier this month, the New York Times published a piece entitled ‘Why you hate work’. According to research by The Energy Project, a staggering 70% of us are disengaged at work. So this begs the question, why do so many of us hate work and can your workplace be used as a tool to engage and inspire?

16/06/2014 by

How much should you spend on your office design?

New year, new office. How much should you spend?

If you’re considering relocating or refurbishing your office space this year, how do you know how much to spend? There are important considerations - from future proofing, flexible working provisions, interior design to sustainability - all of which impact on what you invest and the value you gain.

20/02/2014 by

What’s the perfect office design layout?

What’s the perfect office design layout?

There’s no single – and no simple – answer to the question ‘what’s the best office layout?’, because every company has different needs and different workspace available.

04/10/2013 by Nic Pryke

Maximising Space in a Small Office

Maximising Space in a Small Office

If your existing office space is becoming cramped, difficult to keep in order and doesn’t support your needs, it's time to re-evaluate your space.

10/10/2013 by

Can office fit outs be sustainable?

Can office fit outs be sustainable?

Lara Conaway, our sustainability expert, takes a look at how you can improve your sustainability credentials with your upcoming office fit out project.

21/10/2013 by Lara Conaway

How much does an office fit-out cost?

How much does an office fit-out cost?

It's the age old question that no one seems to have an answer for. We would normally recommend spending a year's rent on your office fit out. Geoff explains in depth why costs may vary from the traditional to the design and build route.

05/11/2013 by

De risking your relocation refurbishment or fit out

Traditional Procurement or Design and Build?

Traditional procurement has always been the most popular method of office design. However Design and Build has many more advantages. We discuss the best routes for your business.

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