Atkins has produced a study on the relationship between wellness and productivity – the underlying data research was conducted by researchers from Imperial College London in partnership with Atkins, and seeks to examine how human-centred design can promote improved health and wellbeing with spin-off benefits in terms of greater productivity.
Atkins is committed to creating buildings & environments that are thoughtful, sustainable and challenge convention. Our approach to design research supports this commitment through innovation, unique research insights & the application of advanced technology.
Applied research is a core component of our design approach across all sectors we work within. None more important than the Education sector and in particular higher education institutions, for which the drivers influencing design, delivery and maintenance of campuses are broad and in constant flux.
Working with the Department of Psychology and Crossmodal Cognition Lab to investigate psychological responses to space
Combined views of nature & daylighting can improve productivity & absenteeism up to 6.5%. (Ihab M.K. Elzeyadi, 2011)
6% reduction in measured stress by improving social cohesion in the workplace through layout design. (Pilot study for Bank of America: Waber B.(2013) )
Mental health problems cost UK Employers £26 billion each year.(CIPD factsheets 2015)
570,000 hours lost per year due to workplace absences linked to poor building design in UK. (Jon Guest, Economic Study - Atkins, 2016)
We’re working with Bournemouth University to bring together staff and students from the Faculty of Health and Social Science, currently located in disparate facilities around the campus, in a new gateway building which embodies health and wellbeing.
We are using Our Human-Centred Design solution to gain a deeper understanding of the aspirations and priorities of the wide range of people that will be using a new facility to support both teaching and research environments for student and staff from three different faculties at the University of Glasgow.
Lime Tree Primary Academy brings a new way of teaching and learning that blends indoor and outdoor learning in new and exciting ways
Head of Design Research