With many companies both large and small choosing to keep their staff working from home for the foreseeable future, what does this mean for office designers?
Some remain optimistic that while many staff will continue to work from home, offices will still be a core part of every business. Tristan Rhodes, head of workplace at Stride Treglown, believes that “offices will continue to play an important role in the economy of our towns and cities”, and this is evident in the “good pipeline” of work they have received through lockdown and into 2021.
Likewise, WilkinsonEyre director Yasmin Al-Ani Spence believes that new-build office work will not disappear, but is likely to change.
She said: “The world of the multi-national and the institutional employer is not dead, but headquarter buildings and the city centres in which they are located may take on more of the attributes and atmosphere of smaller places.”
Spence added that workplaces are likely to adopt a more “flexible approach to the programming of space and aesthetics as well as working hours,” which ultimately, will attract more people rather than repel them.