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Arriving in the new Jennie Lee building

July 18th, 2008 · No Comments

After an exciting holiday shared with the bat colony living in our loft appartment, I returned to install myself in the new building. Initial impressions are good. The ambient light filtering in through the translucent walls has a pleasant and soft hue and is pleasing to work in. The area I’m in has, thus far, been very empty. There are approximately 16 desks (although I’ve not counted) and so far the most people in at any one time as been 4. There are about three desks that haven’t been unpacked yet, but I know that some of these people are away at conferences, on holiday etc.

It will be interesting to see how usage pans out over time. We still have 20 or so IET people left behind in the old building and it would be nice to devise a way to get them all in. One way would be to use up any remaining space, cut down the hotdesking area (although Patrick has told me that this is not what it is called, but I forget the proper name) and pack more people in.

Alternatively, we could offer people a hotdesking solution which, I believe, works really well for people who don’t come in often.

There seems to be lots of storage too for books etc, which is a pleasant surprise.

All in all, though, I find it a lovely environment to work in. I like seeing people moving about. I like the social areas such as the nexus. I think it is very much preferable to everybody locked away in their own little rooms.

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