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Natural light and natural materials make us more productive. But why? We shine a spotlight on Office Ten at Caledonian House to find out more.

Time to banish those fluorescent lights…

We all know the discombobulated feeling of being stuck in a windowless room under fluorescent lights during daylight hours. It’s not our natural habitat. We’re humans, not machines – we are not built to perform at our best in soulless cubicles or drab looking office blocks. 

Traditionally, workplaces have reserved the offices with the best natural light – the traditional ‘corner office’ – for their most senior team members. But shouldn’t your whole team benefit from a bright, productive space to work? 

 

Bad offices are actually bad for our health…

Natural light can result in happier workers, less absenteeism, reduced stress, and fewer illnesses.

A landmark study from neuroscientists at Northwestern University in Chicago, “Impact of Workplace Daylight Exposure on Sleep, Physical Activity, and Quality of Life,” concludes that there is a strong relationship between workplace daylight exposure and office workers’ sleep, activity and quality of life.

Something as simple as a window plays a big role in an employee’s satisfaction with a workspace. 

But there’s also a compelling economic reason to bring more light into the workplace — a greater dose of daylight can also increase employee productivity and alertness. And the best part is, it doesn’t matter if the natural light is coming through windows or filtered through translucent materials, you and your employees will experience the same benefits.

 

Ok, but what has this got to do with a new office at Caledonian House? 

This is all well and good, but aren’t these light-filled offices normally extortionate and hard to come by? 

Not at Caledonian House, Gairland’s flagship business centre on Elgin’s High Street in Moray, Scotland. Office ten (pictured) has been designed for a medium-sized team with natural light and employee wellbeing front-and-centre. 

This office features an oversized external window, flooding the room with natural light. To make sure the room is as bright with daylight as possible, Gairland also installed an internal window looking out onto Caledonian House‘s central staircase, itself lit by a giant skylight. 

But what happens when the sun goes down and the natural light goes with it? Caledonian House’s colour-controlled lighting has been carefully chosen to mimick the colour temperature of natural daylight as much as possible. 

 

But there are other things an office needs…

Although great care has been taken to design offices at Caledonian House with traditional materials and natural light, each office comes equipped for the 21st century. High-speed internet, heating and electricity are all included in the rent for these offices, making a light-filled workspace incredibly affordable

Abundant network points, power sockets, and other necessities also mean that our tenants can configure their space in a number of ways to match the size of their team and their commercial goals. 

We hope that a mixture of high-tech and old school natural light will make for a happier, more productive workspace for our tenants.