Office rents are increasing steadily across the capital and fewer and fewer spaces are becoming available for major new office developments.
Is retrofit the answer to unlocking more commercial space for London? The Mayor’s London Business Survey at the end of 2014 found that over 80% of business units have fewer than ten employees, and that SMEs employ one-third of London’s private sector employees. With a large amount of office space needed for this market, what is the opportunity for commercial retrofit in London?
With EPC regulations changing on 1 April 2018 putting pressure on landlords to bring their office stock up to a higher environmental standard, how is the industry responding? What role does conservation have to play in London’s retrofit environment? How can we recycle and better use the office stock we already have? How can we ensure the most sustainable approach to retrofitting and recycling is taken? Can retrofitted building stock satisfy clients’ high demands for quality and flexible new working spaces?
This NLA half-day conference heard from developers, architects, engineers and industry experts to discuss the major issues in retrofitting and recycling London’s commercial buildings.
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