The large company I worked for decided to close the beautiful 1950s offices which had been used for nearly 50 years, and were well liked, and move the entire engineering department to a brand new *purpose built* [but not for the purpose for which we used it] block. This meant a lot of people who lived near the old site now facing a 35 minute commute rather than 5 minutes.
The new office came with floor to ceiling windows. My seat being adjacent to a window giving me a wonderful view of the car park, the building opposite and a slice of grass and trees round the corner of the opposite building. At the last minute it was decided that the fit out of the new building was over-budget and hence certain things were deleted, air conditioning being replaced by *pressure ventilation* and the window blinds being deleted. This was OK for those on the North side of the building, but for those of us on the south side led to excessive heat and inability to read the CRT monitors that we had. My own monitor was unusable after 1030 on a sunny day.
Being engineers we came up with several ingenious methods to get round this, mostly involving taping large drawings to the windows and the use of large pieces of corrugated cardboard propped up around monitors. This was not to the liking of the powers that be who decreed that nothing shoud be stuck to our wonderful windows and that cardboard boxes must be removed forthwith. At which point VDU assessments were demanded by those affected --- and the VDU assessments were all failed as being not fit for use.
A month later vertical blinds were installed to the South side of the building, which involved a complex operation including removal of IT equipment to a safe place, moving of desks to get access (my own desk was 12" from the window) and then the replacement and reconnection of all the equipment. All of this had to be done over 3 weekends ensuring that the users could walk back in on Monday morning and commence work. Thus lots of overtime rates for the blind installation company and the IT team.
The price to fit blinds to half the building? Twice what it would have been for the original installation to the whole building.