The British Institute of Facilities Management has launched an interactive online learning portal, SkillZone, to help FM professionals develop essential knowledge and skills. Subjects for the eight online courses include negotiation skills, advanced negotiation, key performance indicators, conversations with customers, managing professionals for results, budgeting in the real world, innovation and strategic thinking.
This project sought to investigate whether Geographic Information Systems (GIS) could enhance the representation and analysis of property occupier chaining data. It exploited an existing dataset of office and industrial occupier chains in Tyne and Wear and used a GIS to illustrate, measure and analyse the chaining data more effectively than had previously been possible. We have been able to demonstrate that, although time consuming, it is a relatively straightforward and logical process to translate property occupier chaining data into a GIS.
This half-day workshop was held in order to clarify the implications of the National Planning Policy Framework for the historic environment and give guidance on how to prepare a response. Presentations are available online together with the response to the consultation from the Historic Towns Forum.
This document provides guidance on addressing the London Plan’s energy hierarchy through the provision of an energy assessment to accompany strategic planning applications. It was updated in September 2011 to reflect the policies in the London Plan, July 2011. The purpose of an energy assessment is to demonstrate that climate change mitigation measures are integral to the scheme’s design and evolution, and that they are appropriate to the context of the development.
The Stockholm Resilience Centre, together with the International Council for Science (ICSU) and a global alliance of partners, has established a major 10-year initiative which aims to effectively deliver solution-oriented research on global environmental change. The new collaboration, entitled the Earth System Sustainability Initiative, will provide global coordination for science to respond to the most pressing societal and environmental challenges.
The Planning Summer School, launched by the Town & Country Planning Association in 1933, has continued its objectives of providing an opportunity to promote education and discuss principles and methods of town and country planning and related issues. The overall theme of the latest Summer School was “Planning with communities”. Presentations from the event are available online.
This issue of Statistics in Focus takes a look at domestic tourism in the European Union.
The days of the iconic office tower are numbered, according to a new survey of developers, occupiers and industry bodies. Demand for office space will rise in the next 20 years, but the size of offices will decrease, says the survey by multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy hurleypalmerflatt. The result will be for fewer large, speculative office developments and more incremental development, as noted by 64 per cent of respondents. People will be working in smaller, more flexible and adaptable spaces very close to public transport and with advanced IT systems embedded into the building’s fabric. This will lead to fewer iconic buildings being constructed, according to 62 per cent of respondents. Findings of this survey are illustrated through a series of videos, looking at the main drivers of change in the office of 2030; the impact of the economy, carbon and the environment; how influential technology and social and community needs will be; and how occupiers and developers will influence the market for offices in 2030.
A research study, carried out by staff in the School of Architecture and the Built environment at the University of Westminster, has been published by RICS. The study found that the regeneration of the Olympic Park site and associated infrastructure will be a crucial step in providing a lasting legacy in East London. The report highlights London’s focus on legacy from the outset as a key factor in planning for lasting benefit. It also confirms that the Games provide a unique opportunity to kick-start the delivery of new homes and infrastructure on and around the site. Other regeneration initiatives nearby, such as Westfield Stratford City, are also vital in providing wider regeneration and opportunities for East Londoners.
This is a practitioners guide to the new policy landscape, bringing together the range of new initiatives and ideas created by the Localism agenda and the Government’s Plan for Growth.