While demand for office space from the banking and manufacturing sectors has fallen over recent years, London has seen a significant increase in job creation from a more diverse range of sectors including technology, media, law, accounting, education and health, with a notable growth in small and start-up businesses.
Ensuring the continued supply of workspace for a more balanced office sector is key to London’s commercial success. But there are also significant threats to this, as residential yields outstrip commercial in most areas of the capital, and established workplace zones risk losing key office buildings to residential use.
This NLA conference brought together major London developers, local authorities, consultants and economists to examine how London can protect and grow its diverse workplace mix through the provision of the right buildings and spaces for business. How is London’s jobs market changing? What impact are planning and market forces having on office supply? Which areas of the capital will see most workplace growth? How are developers creating more mixed-use places and diverse occupier workspaces to meet the needs of today’s workforce? And how are approaches to office development and design changing in this new context?
Stephen Andrews, Project Design Executive, Canary Wharf Group
Scott Anderson, Lend Lease
Paul Dunn, Director, RTKL
Claire Fallows, Partner, Speechly Bircham
Digby Flower, Head of London Markets, Cushman & Wakefield
Rob Harris, Principal, Ramidus Consulting
Jonathan Hoffman, Senior Economist, GLA Economics
Rosemarie MacQueen, Strategic Director Built Environment, City of Westminster
Colin Stanbridge, Chief Executive, London Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Ziona Strelitz, Director, ZZA Responsive User Environments
Duncan Swinhoe, Managing Director , Gensler
Matt Yeoman, Director, Buckley Gray Yeoman
Giles Barrie, Managing Director, Real Estate & Professional Services Team, FTI Consulting (Chair)