London's Future Workplace

Wednesday 5 August 2009

A series of leading office experts, expert witnesses and development practitioners were invited to NLA on Wednesday morning to speak at a conference examining ‘London’s Future Workplace’. With the BPF highlighting the dramatic impact of the current downturn on the office sector, the conference aimed to look at how London’s workplaces will change when we emerge from recession, and what impact new technology and new ways of working will have on the design and procurement of office space.

Keynote speaker Frank Duffy, founder of design consultancy DEGW, set the context with a comprehensive look at the evolution of office design, the future of the networked office and the justification of space in an increasingly virtual office realm. He was followed by Ian Gordon from the LSE, who examined patterns in London’s population growth and the impact on job creation in the capital.

The changing demands of office users were also examined in detail with speakers from PricewaterhouseCoopers, Norton Rose and Helical Bar looking at the financial, legal and creative industries, and how new forms of office building are facilitating changing workplace practices.

Paul Burgess, Head of London Leasing at British Land, examined best practice in City office design – including the Willis Building and Ropemaker in the City of London, which demonstrate key qualities of adaptability, permeability and sustainability. Mike Kiely, from the London Borough of Croydon, made the case for office location in the outer boroughs, while Eric Reynolds, Founding Director of Urban Space Holdings, examined the creation of smaller-scale workplaces in alternative areas such as Trinity Buoy Wharf, highlighting the diversity of scale and opportunity for the creation of London’s future workplaces.

On Friday 21st August, Philip Ross, CEO of The Cordless Group, will be continuing the workplace theme with a free breakfast talk looking at the impact of 'cloud computing'. Click here for more details.

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