Atkins and human-centred design

The ability to design your ideal office with wellbeing at the centre, has come a step closer with a set of digital tools devised by the consultancy, Atkins.

Employees can take an inter-active role in choosing the features of their work environment in a new project promoting human-centred design.

Atkins says that putting human needs at the centre of building design could add £20 billion to UK GDP as more thoughtfully designed workplaces could improve performance and help tackle the productivity gap.

Design Director at Atkins, Philip Watson, will be speaking at our 'Healthy Cities' forum in October to be held at Royal Victoria Docks in London.

The potential gain in productivity, equivalent to twice the annual contribution to UK GDP made by the Aerospace industry, is revealed in research conducted by Imperial College, London in partnership with Atkins, the design engineering and product management consultancy.

Atkins commissioned the research to better understand and quantify the economic benefit from human-centred design (HCD).The research underlines the importance of employees’ experience of the building in which they work and confirms that steps to create the right working environment can have a material impact on staff productivity and wellbeing.

It identifies six key areas where different approaches could be taken: