Active Workplace Design – Case Study 1: Pre-post Relocation Study

Research Report


Active Buildings


Dr Robyn Creagh, Assoc. Prof. Jonine Jancey, Professor Sarah McGann, Krysten Blackford, Rachel Pages-Oliver, Professor Marian Tye



The report outlines findings from a pre-post physical activity and sedentary behaviour study of West Australian office employees before and after their transition from an office occupied for 30 years to one floor of a new, purpose built, 5-star Greenstar, and A-grade building. It was concluded that the relocation did not result in substantial increases in movement behaviours across a spectrum of measures (sitting, standing, walking). This demonstrates that there is not necessarily an association between buildings performing well in current formal accreditation systems and the quantity of physical activity of those who work in the buildings. The combination of health promotion (measuring instruments, statistical analysis) and architectural (observation, diagrammatic analysis) methods, yielded a number of significant insights opening avenues for further inquiry into the implementation and evaluation of workplace interventions, and for auditing workplace design as a means of supporting office-based workers to increase physical activity.

How to cite:

Creagh, R., J. Jancey, S. McGann, K. Blackford, R. Pages-Oliver, and M. Tye. Active Workplace Design - Case Study 1: Pre-Post Relocation Study. Research Report for HBF. Centre for Sport and Recreation Research, Curtin University, Perth. August 2014.