A great place to work

Monday 10 Sep 2012

Woodhead's new offices improve efficiency in the workplace

Fujitsu's new Woodhead designed workplace has not only contributed to the development of sustainable office design but also provides a corporate benchmark for the design of Fujitsu's future global workplace.

Woodhead's process of research, collaboration and innovation with the intent of achieving world's best practice for Workplace design has contributed exponentially to our understanding of the use of suitable materials & finishes.

"We have found a great place for our people to work. This new work environment will inspire and enhance collaboration among our staff, driving our distinct culture in years to come," Mr Mike Inge, Fujitsu General Manager - Southern Region.

Three years of data show that green really does deliver.

The fresh, spacious and naturally lit atmosphere was credited with helping lower staff absenteeism by 42 per cent. Electricity consumption over three years from 2008-09 to 2010-11 fell by 18.6 per cent, while in the first half of 2011-12, it had decreased by 42.5 per cent compared with the same period in 2008-09.

From 2008-09 to 2010-11, water use fell by 10.7 per cent, and in 2010, 63 per cent of waste was recycled compared to 58 per cent in 2009 and 2011.

Fujitsu has a green wall of plants, designed to be both visually appealing and to improve the workplace's indoor environment quality.  Recent studies resulting from the introduction of plants in the workplace show: 37 per cent fall in tension/anxiety, 58 per cent in depression/dejection, 44 per cent in anger/hostility, 38 per cent in fatigue, and 30 per cent in confusion.

The next movement in green for Fujitsu was bio-filtration, ''getting plants working in a way they are purifying the air... the combination of the plants, the soil and the lighting that makes the real difference''.

Acoustic panels integrated into the walls provide a calming ambient noise level despite the large number of people there. ''It's a good example of integrating Green Star principles - getting the acoustics and lighting right.''

Want to submit your project to World Architecture News?

Contact The Team
  • Town Planning Manager | Housebuilder in Surrey | 3+ years' PQE

    Are you a Town Planner with some commercial experience under your belt (consultancy or developer)? Would you like to work for a regional housebuild...
    • Lewis Davey
    • Surrey - near M25/M23 junction
  • Principal Planning Consultant (Policy)

    This is a career opportunity for somebody looking to play a key role in the delivery of an effective and efficient planning policy service.
    • Capita
    • Manchester/Salford (North West) or Breckland or North Tyneside or Barnet (North London)
  • Planning Officers

    Work as key members of the Councils development management service providing pre-application advice, dealing with applications and appeals.
    • Chiltern and South Bucks Council
    • Amersham, Buckinghamshire
  • Enforcement Officer - Hertfordshire

    A Local Authority in Hertfordshire are looking for an Enforcement Officer to assist them with a backlog of cases for an initial contract of 3-6 months
    • Oyster Partnership
    • Hertfordshire
  • Planning Officer

    Do you want to work for a Planning Authority in a superb world-class location, that also has an outstanding record of achievement?
    • Plymouth City Council
    • Plymouth, Devon