A foundation of research

Across each of our three specialisms - Designing Healthy Spaces, Research & Consultancy and Media & Advocacy - whether we are developing a workshop or presentation, writing a research paper or designing a space, everything we do is underpinned by research.

Since 2013, we have been investigating wellbeing in the built environment, as well as the benefits of nature connections and Biophilic Design. We draw from a huge body of research conducted within a range of disciplines, from biology, sociology and ecology, to neurology and psychology. 

We analyse the findings of this multidisciplinary research, assess the implications for spatial design, and use these insights to inform our work in each of our specialisms. From this, we develop design guidelines, proposals and concepts, and create healthy spaces.

“Research helps us understand how different environmental factors affect people. We use these insights in our projects to ensure spaces are designed to meet the users needs and help them to thrive. This in turn prevents resources such as time, energy, materials, and money from being wasted and is key to human-centred sustainable design."
Victoria Jackson Sustainable Design Specialist & Researcher
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How we approach the project scope & budget

Clients come to us asking for help in a variety of ways ranging from (but not limited to):

  • writing a report on the benefits of designing for health and wellbeing
  • creating a Biophilic workplace design strategy
  • designing spaces within the built environment
  • presenting and giving workshops to advocate for human-centred design

We have extensive experience in working on projects of different scales, building typologies and with different budgetary values in each of our specialisms. This allows us to develop solutions that are optimum for the budgets available, as we know each project, like every client, is unique in its vision and specific needs.

During an initial scoping conversation with the OHD team, we would discuss the cost and timescale for embarking on a project, which is always dependent on the scale of the work. 

This process subsequently leads us to determine the budget and full project scope definition. Establishing these parameters early on means that we are then able to develop a clear and suitable brief for the project.

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How we approach developing the brief

After defining the project scope and budget, we work closely with our clients to develop the brief through further conversations and evidence gathering. 

This means that before proposing any solutions, we investigate and identify our clients’ needs so that we can help them clearly define the project. 

We explore what our clients are hoping to achieve and whether there are any issues that need resolving in order to get there. This rigorous process ensures there is integrity to each project and can enable a project to move beyond meeting needs into exceeding expectations.

The benefits of working with us

We pride ourselves on punching above our weight and are highly respected across the design industry for our innovative work and thought leadership in sustainable, human-centred design.

We always explain the value that our human-centred approach has on our clients, building occupants, organisations and the planet, discussing the business case and intended return on investment of our services.

No two projects are ever the same and, as a result, we work at a variety of scales. We bring in trusted affiliates where needed, but have a core team of experts in design, research and advocacy that take the lead on projects. This means we can offer a bespoke service to each of our clients. 

As expert communicators we can help share the values and results of this human centred approach through seminars, social media, communications, interviews and events.

There really is no limit to what we offer, so if you are interested in working with us please do get in touch to discuss how we can help you to get the most out of the spaces, places and people that occupy them.

Research reveals...

Companies that prioritise a care for staff wellbeing are more likely to attract young talent. Studies show


of young employees now seeing care for staff wellbeing as a key determinant of whether to work for a company.



Employers prioritising employee well-being outperform those by




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