Top Trends from Clerkenwell Design Week 2017
We look at our favourite new trends from the 8th spectacular Clerkenwell Design Week, held in Farringdon London.
08/06/2017 by Judi MacLennan
We look at our favourite new trends from the 8th spectacular Clerkenwell Design Week, held in Farringdon London.
08/06/2017 by Judi MacLennan
Find out the typical costs of London office space before you make the critical decision to relocate in 2017.
02/02/2017 by David Murray
Office design plays a vital role in a company’s status as forward thinking innovators. Is it time you considered investing in a new office design?
12/12/2016 by Nic Pryke
We interviewed the Founder of iView - the most technologically advanced viewing facility in London. Find out how we created the largest client-viewing room in the UK.
12/10/2016 by Judi MacLennan
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
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
A successful workplace strategy starts with a strong foundation and effective planning. We explore 5 steps to keep you on track.
Selecting the right agent is key to the outcome of your building search. To ensure you find an agent who will guarantee success read here.
29/06/2016 by Ron Sales
The legal profession has held steadfast on maintaining their traditional working environment and ways of working. However, change is afoot.
21/06/2016 by Judi MacLennan
Avoid the pitfalls of poor planning and be assured you've got everything covered with our Essential Guide to Office Relocation.
We are delighted to have been presented with a Bronze Considerate Constructors Scheme National Site Award for the build of our new Headquarters.
13/06/2016 by Lara Conaway
We explore 5 of our favourite new products and designs from the 7th spectacular Clerkenwell Design Week, held in Farringdon London.
Increased demand for London office space has driven the rental costs higher than ever, so it is crucial to research when deciding to move.
Planning an office move can be daunting, time consuming and difficult to execute, especially if you don't have the right guidance and resources.
Technology experts Viastak give us their insight into future-proofing workplaces in 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
As a team of creatives, designers and entrepreneurs, we are pioneers of forward-thinking technology and how it can benefit our workspace.
We offer a range of free services to support all prospective clients with each stage of their office fit out process.
29/03/2016 by Jonathan Edwards
We explore the assessment tool designed to help organisations achieve more sustainable fit-outs and construction projects.
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
We recently spoke at FX magazine's annual Design Seminar, exploring what exactly constitutes as feel-good and healthy design.
We are delighted to announce we have won a Considerate Constructors Scheme National Site Award for our office build at 322 High Holborn.
01/03/2016 by David Osborne
A great company culture should be reflected in great office design. Does your office love where it works? We look at the relationship between design and culture.
18/02/2016 by Judi MacLennan
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
Can transforming your office transform your business? We caught up with past clients to find out the impact their new office design has had on their company.
08/02/2016 by Cheré Falconer
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.
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.
Agile working was a big workplace trend for 2015 and it looks like it will be just as popular this year. We have a few handy tips on how to get it right.
15/01/2016 by Nic Pryke
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
Our visit to the Workplace Trends summit last month prompted us to further explore the relationship between your working environment and wellbeing.
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
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!
A round up of our highlights from this year's London Design Festival.
06/10/2015 by Nic Pryke
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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 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.
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
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
In this latest blog Shaun reveals his thoughts on the evolution of the traditional reception.
27/02/2015 by Nic Pryke
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.
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
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.
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
We’ve noticed several industry hot topics that have been trending online this month, so as office interior design specialists we thought we’d share an overview of some of the key themes that have caught our attention and what we think will have an impact on office design in 2015.
We are pleased to welcome Shaun Baker as senior designer to our fast-expanding Design team.
03/12/2014 by Nic Pryke
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
This month we attended the Workplace Week Convention, which was focused around the workplace revolution.
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’.
We take a look at occupancy efficiency and how we can maximise your existing space.
21/10/2014 by Paul Dare
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
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.
This month, the British Council for Offices (BCO) released the latest edition of the BCO Guide to Specification 2014 – here's our overview!
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
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
You may have seen our tweet from 100% Design about this very topic. We are so passionate about it that we’ve decided to write a blog on the topic.
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
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.
We've put together 10 easy steps for you to follow to make sure your office relocation is a storming success!
02/09/2014 by Cheré Falconer
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.
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.
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.
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
Our furniture consultant David Ahmed discusses the personal workspace. With flexible working and hot desking trending, is the personal workplace a dying concept?
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.
A commercial office relocation or refurbishment is a big decision. Is your current workspace working hard enough for you?
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
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.
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
Oktra has been named Specialist Contractor of the Year at the Construction News Awards.
Kristoff give us the latest in market trends, have you recently fallen victim to gazumping?
10/07/2014 by Lara Conaway
Shell and Core, Category A and Category B are industry terms that are often bandied about, but what do they actually mean?
03/07/2014 by Peter O'Leary
The workspace is continually changing. Erika keeps us up to speed on the latest trends in workplace design.
02/07/2014 by Erika Linghorn
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
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?
We sent Lara to The Guardian: Business Shorts seminar to get some insight into how to communicate sustainability, especially within the design and build industry.
16/06/2014 by Lara Conaway
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.
The legal sector’s emphasis on human capital plus exceptional customer experience means that law firm’s offices are critical, in their functionality and efficiency, in the impression they give and the quality of working environment they create.
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
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.
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
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.
Geoff explains why investing in your staff, starting with your office fit out increases productivity.
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.