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A glass half empty?

A glass half empty?

I wonder why so many of us tend to focus on the negative aspects of an issue? It seems that our default position is that the glass is half empty? What would happen if we were to take a more holistic approach by weighing up both the negative and positive dimensions?...
The Toxic Office – guest blog

The Toxic Office – guest blog

A guest blog by Nigel Roberts I spent the early part of my career in mildly toxic offices – the camaraderie of the news room was only slightly marred by the constant fug of cigarette smoke, the mildly epileptic flicker of ecologically unsound neon lighting and an...
Television Centre – what’s going on?

Television Centre – what’s going on?

Walking around a building site has always fascinated me and over the years I have seen quite a few of them!   But actually living as part of the day to day construction effort brings even more insight into what is a complex and often misunderstood process.  One of my...
Strictly Soho – Soho House takes centre stage at Television Centre

Strictly Soho – Soho House takes centre stage at Television Centre

There is nothing more satisfying to me than seeing a plan really starting to take shape.   This week, the BBC/Stanhope Smart Value Relationship saw another brick in the wall put in place with the announcement that a new Soho House members’ club and boutique hotel,...
Media City UK – the vision is delivering

Media City UK – the vision is delivering

Now that the BBC, amongst others,  are comfortably settled at Media City UK – their new home in the North of England,  I dropped in for a visit, just before Christmas, to check on progress.  I came away feeling that the vision has truly come to life and that things...
BBC Televison Centre – a giant leap towards the next chapter

BBC Televison Centre – a giant leap towards the next chapter

  Last Thursday was another red-letter day for Television Centre (TVC) as it marked the granting of planning consent for the  master plan proposed by Stanhope the new owners of the former BBC campus.  As someone who is involved in the shaping of the next chapter it...