The Impact of Workplace Design on Sedentary Behaviour: A Case Study

Research Report


Active Buildings


Professor Marian Tye, Assoc. Prof. Jonine Jancey, Professor Sarah McGann, Professor Peter Howat, Krysten Blackford, Leanne Tollis



This research report was Stage One of a two-stage project aimed at addressing a gap in health promotion knowledge by bringing together the disciplines of architecture and health promotion to collaborate in a WA centred case study. The subject of the case study was the WA Local Government Association (WALGA) and the relocation from its home of 30 years to a new, purpose-built, 5 star rated building in December 2013. The primary objective of Stage One was to prepare the groundwork (research plan) for the pre-post relocation evaluation in Stage Two.

This formative Stage One supports the identification of instruments and methods to determine the impact of workplace design on physical activity/sedentary behaviour to be captured and illustrated in this WA case study. The report captures both the outcome of the research, the viewpoints of the researcher disciplines, and culminates in a research plan for use in Stage Two and future studies.

How to cite:

Tye, M., Jancey, J., McGann, S., Howat, P., Blackford, K., Tollis, L. (2013) The Impact of Workplace Design on Sedentary Behaviour: A case study. Report to Heathway. Perth. 2013


This study was undertaken in partnership with the WA Centre for Health Promotion Research, WALGA and the Department of Architecture and Interior Design, Curtin University. Assistance was provided by Professor Leon Straker, Professor of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University. The study was funded by Healthway.