Office provider LABS has launched its 96,100 square foot flagship property LABS House in Bloomsbury, London that features coworking, offices, and full-service dining.
Technology-driven workplaces are coming to the forefront
Although organizations once poured money into designing their infrastructure just right for employees, flexible rentals have still taken over. Now, as workspace culture continues to shift, companies are leaning towards flexible offices equipped with tech-centric amenities.
Companies are now offering more various tech amenities, such as automated door locks and app based service bookings, to set themselves apart from the competition.
Now, clients coming into some offices can be expected to be greeted with tablets integrated with visitor management software instead of a front desk receptionist.
Buildings that are IoT-driven allow for simple manual operations. IoT also allows for smart surveillance, energy management and collection of data in real time to smooth out every day operations.
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Meeting rooms are also being taken over by digital flipcharts and smart screens that allow for more capabilities than your average white board.
App-based service bookings give users easy access to see what meeting rooms are available. This sort of software can also include food orders and other business services such as tax counseling and HR support.
Another simple technological improvement is app-operated door locks that are providing more security and convenience in the workplace.
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Colliers International revealed the success of the office market last year due to high demand for coworking and tech firms, but predictions for 2019 are uncertain.
Shared office space providers as tenants have become the norm for many landlords and building owners, and now many REITs have adopted coworking as it continues to expand.
Brookfield Properties has teamed up with Convene to spruce up the 73,000 square foot Brookfield Place into a full-service events venue that accommodates up to 500 people.
Many coworking operators pride themselves on massive, rampant expansion, but some industry experts believe this growth could lead to failure and consolidation in 2019.
Coworking has expanded into many major markets of the nation over the past few years, but some firms are finding their client base to be working moms in the suburbs.
Howard Hughes, the development team behind Chicago’s Bank of America Tower, announced that luxury coworking brand No18 will take up two floors in the 55-story building.
WeWork has officially become one of Seattle’s largest office space occupiers, along with Amazon and Microsoft, and has a total footprint of about 1.7 million square feet.