Local sourcing can bring material benefits to workplaces

23rd June 2017

In this week’s Property Week, our client from the BBC Alan Bainbridge writes about how “Local sourcing can bring material benefits to procurement” of workplace interiors, striking a balance between the best of local, national and international talent and manufacturing. The full piece can be read here, with some extracts from the article below.

By Alan Bainbridge

We recently announced the winners of a student competition to find Wales’s brightest design talent. The winning students - James Gould (University of South Wales) and Emily O’Reilly (Carmarthen School of Arts) - are now developing furniture and fabric designs for the new ID:SR Sheppard Robson-designed BBC Wales Broadcast Centre in Cardiff.

This is part of our team’s concerted effort to promote a locally sourced agenda throughout this major project, with a drive to find the best Welsh materials, furniture and talent.

‘Locally sourced’ is a common term used to promote the virtues of everything from food to wool production. But what are the benefits when applied to workplace design? And how do we harness these while remaining open-minded about what the rest of the country and world has to offer?

When you think of ‘locally sourced’, perhaps the first thing you think of is the lower carbon emissions produced from reduced transportation. This is important, but so are two other factors: sustainability and social value.

Continue reading the article here.

Alan Bainbridge

Portfolio Director, BBC