We ran an all-day strategy event on the Future of FM for one of our clients recently. When you get five provocative speakers and a roomful of practitioners from the industry together for a whole day great things can happen. The call to action is a combination of dire economics in the industry, compelling technology innovations, new commercial constructs and advanced AI. To quote Dr Who “don’t be scared…. All of this is new, and new can be scary”…
Congratulations to one of our star consultants, Simon Smiles, for project managing BUPA’s HQ relocation London to Angel Court.
Overtly, this was an HQ relocation project. Fundamentally though, it was a business transformation and culture change project, triggered by a relocation. Simon led the physical side of the project working with Designers, Contractors and Technology providers. He was also instrumental in the change management and transformation aspects, working with the senior management and all the local teams, as BUPA changed their culture and moved to flexible team-based working – sharing desks and becoming more of a project-based agile business.
It goes without saying that BUPA wanted a “healthy” building too…… and the project aimed for and achieved the highest 3 star rating on the Fitwel accreditation system. One of the first in the UK! Stairs in the middle of the communal areas encourage people to walk rather than use the lifts, sustainable construction materials were used throughout, there are no noxious cleaning materials and there is excellent air quality and plenty of light all round – contributing to this top score and of course to a tremendous feeling and atmosphere in the building.
Well done to Simon and all of the BUPA staff engaged in this outstanding result.