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Kelvin Craddock, office agency director suggests a workplace designed on today’s needs and assumptions could be redundant in little more than a decade
Kelvin Craddock / 19 July 2017
Kelvin Craddock, suggests a workplace designed on today’s needs and assumptions could be redundant in little more than a decade, unless firms take action today.
With the recent news that WeWork is opening its first regional office in the UK and the unrelenting march of workspace providers in London, it is pertinent to note that change is coming to the workplace, as advancing technology and data driven insights now fuel new ways of working.
Both landlords and their property will have to adapt as workplaces designed on today’s needs and assumptions could be redundant in little more than a decade.
Technology and organisational changes are dramatically transforming occupier requirements. For me, meeting tenants’ needs for connected buildings is increasingly important given how closely linked the worlds of business and technology have now become.
Conversely, I see that leading developers are already identifying ways to use emerging technology, and are ensuring that their buildings cater for the demands of the modern and ever-changing occupier."
Future-proofing in the Midlands is already here: Our client Ashby Capital’s Colmore Building has recently become the first in Birmingham to be Wired Certified Platinum, marking its technology infrastructure amongst the best in the UK.
In a world that is constantly evolving, being alert to change is vital.
Through specialising in tenant representation, and having acted for a number of high-profile clients across the region, my experience has shown me that there are number of changes that can help future-proof offices.
Workplaces need to be more modular and suitable for cost effective redesign, whilst accelerator, incubator and innovation spaces will be a core component of real estate and innovation strategy.
In addition, as companies become more dependent on the speed and resilience of communication networks, optimal connectivity will become a key competitive advantage.
Drab, airless offices aren’t good for anyone. Better design, can help improve air-quality, make the most of natural light and create active workplaces.
Sensors and smart systems are already appearing in many offices to measure how buildings are used. In the coming years, I think these will enter the workplace at a rapid rate to not only improve the operational efficiency of buildings, but also generate huge volumes of data on workplaces and the people who use them. This data will lead the design of physical space, empowering occupiers to align the configuration of their spaces with business outcomes.
User experience will become an increasingly crucial factor in the workplace design. Offices with generous food and beverage provisions, kitted out with gyms, games and recreation spaces are becoming increasingly common as firms compete for top talent.
Kelvin Craddock is National Office Agency Director with JLL in BirminghamT: +44 121 634 6523Kelvin.Craddock@eu.jll.com
Andrew Lynn / 17 May, 2017
MANCHESTER, 17 May 2017 - JLL has won Industrial Agency Team of the Year at the 2017 North West Insider Property Awards, held last week in Manchester.The awards celebrate excellence in commercial property across the North West, with JLL completing a very strong year.Andrew Lynn, Director in JLL's industrial and logistics team in Manchester, said: "Receiving this high profile recognition, reinforces our reputation to deliver market leading results for our clients. We are proud to be involved in some impressive deals, including the leasehold disposal of the two largest speculatively developed buildings within the UK, at Prime, Omega Warrington and Logistics North.”David Lathwood, Lead Director for JLL in the North West added: "I’d like to add my congratulations to the team - to be recognised as the best in the highly competitive industrial agency category is testament to the hard work and dedication of the entire team.”
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