- More floorplate given over to collaborative work areas.
- More amenities – cafes, restaurants, relaxation and play areas, and ‘outside space’.
- Office density levels counterbalanced by increased amenity space and the needs of core business ‘creatives’
- Flexible accommodation – versatile spaces that can adapt quickly to changing demands.
- User control – increased preference for efficient lighting and heating and sustainable features that contribute to a company’s green credentials.
- New lighting, smaller power – increased use of portable technology may reduce the need to power IT servers and ‘hard- standing’ desk computers, with lighting for the person rather than the tool.
- Shift of spend – less emphasis on Category A and growing focus on Category B and C interior fittings with potential for quick refreshes and restyling to stay ‘on trend’.
- Technology: more cloud and thin client systems, and increased use of personal digital devices means that superfast connectivity for all communication tools is a top priority.
- The popularity of cycling to work means more bike storage, lockers and showering facilities.
- Aesthetics: less concern about exterior appearance, with the focus shifting to interiors, and a preference for a ‘stripped back’ industrial warehouse style to emulate the ‘San-Fran’ look rather than corporate steel and glass
Research work conducted earlier in 2014 by the British Council of Offices into the Technology, Media and Telecommunications sector workspaces identified a range of shared general characteristics of offices within the sector, much of which can be seen reflected in the designs of SmartWorkHubs and CoWorking spaces as their design influence spreads, along with the need for rapid reorganisation of the facility floor plate. Work and Place Journal No.4 listed the following, noting many of these can be mapped over the last 20 years to an increasing focus on collaboration that came with the rise of technology influences, shorter leases and workforce churn in a volatile market.
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