Sweco and MLM Join Forces at BCO Conference in Copenhagen
The team heard from a range of speakers, including Thimon De Jong, founder of think tank Whetston, who outlined how social trends, technology and culture can influence human behaviour, and how these insights can be used to inform office design to improve staff retention and happiness.
Also in attendance were former foreign secretary Lord William Hague and Guy Verhofstadt MEP, who discussed Brexit and its potential impact on businesses across Europe.
The British Council for Offices (BCO) is Britain’s leading forum for the discussion and debate of issues affecting the office sector, with this year’s core theme surrounding the ‘work-life relationship’.
Sweco has worked on a number of flagship projects in the UK where creating a space to enhance employee wellbeing was a core focus, including the new Bloomberg headquarters in London.
Innovations implemented by the business included bespoke ceiling panels that combine heating, cooling, lighting and acoustic functions, and a natural ventilation system that reduces reliance on mechanical cooling, producing optimal working conditions for staff.
Edmund Vaughan, operations director at Sweco, said: “Workplace design strongly impacts employee health and wellbeing and the annual BCO conference provides an excellent platform for the industry’s top thinkers to come together and discuss how to drive progress in this area.
“Sustainability and wellbeing sit at the core of our approach to design and we look forward to working with our new colleagues from MLM Group to create effective and productive working environments for our clients across the UK.”
Sweco acquired MLM Group, a UK engineering consultancy with services primarily within buildings, transportation infrastructure and environment, in May to create a combined business with an annual turnover of £108 million and 1,340 employees, across a network of 26 offices in the UK and Ireland.