Author: Ingrid Stevenson
Imagine the pandemic is over, the restrictions are lifted. How will the world of work change?
It is evident that the vast majority of office workers have effectively worked from home during the crisis and have experienced the resultant pros and cons of combining work and domestic life.
But “going to work” is not just the means of earning a living. It is the opportunity to meet, interact, communicate and share a common bond with people at work.
OK, Skype, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Webex etc have provided a more formal visual interaction but do not take the place of the more informal chats of being in the same place at the same time.
Initially, it is without doubt that some people will flood back to the office – because they can – and settle into their old routines. But this is just the reaction to having the liberty to do so.
In the new world of work the reality of the daily grind and cost of the commute to work will result in a desire to split work between home and office ie the best of both worlds.
The bête noire of space sharing will be a thing of the past as the emphasis will be on community space rather than work space and potentially a reduction in the overall space required for the business.
Coupled with the current forecast that the value of commercial space will reduce by up to 30% there is a real opportunity for companies to negotiate / rationalise their rental overheads whilst, at the same time, provide an environment designed for the health and well-being of their staff.
We at Chadwick International with our extensive and relevant experience particularly in the field of Space-Time can make a strategic contribution to your debate on the effective operation and performance of your business in meeting the demands, opportunities and expectations of the “new normal” after the pandemic.
A BCO Research Paper, the definitive work on SpaceTime Office, “the space you need for the time you need it” was presented by the authors Andrew Chadwick and Jeremy Melvin at the BCO conference in Copenhagen in early June and later in the month at the official launch in London. This ideas piece traces the history of space in time and suggests avenues for change of the commercial property industry. The Research Paper is available for download online to BCO members.
We have always been a cross-border business but recent events such as Brexit and the US trade war with China mitigate against the globalisation that has characterised the developed and developing world over the last thirty years. However, technology has advanced exponentially over the same period and has, in effect, provided a platform for our SpaceTime Office concept which first manifested itself as Spacenet in our work for Accenture West Europe region. More recently we have applied the same principles to Addiko Bank’s estate in the Balkans. This project has been the subject of a case study presented to the Sloan School of Management at MIT entitled “Managing in Adversity” and demonstrates how environment can be a vital component in the recovery of an ailing business.
Book Launch Future Work Forum authors “Digital Overload” examining the negative effects of modern communications technology on its users
Chadwick International and Buro Happold win “Outstanding International Design Project of the Year 2016” award from British Expertise International, an NGO chaired by the Duke of Gloucester for their seminal aircon-less 1,000 person in Shimoga, India.
Essentially this ground-breaking building cuts out all direct sunlight eliminating solar gain, harvests natural daylight, self-ventilates through its atrium, directs the monsoon winds through it parametrically designed sunscreens and yet retains all the characteristics of a modern, deep-plan building.
The gardens are planned to control the temperature of the air entering the building and eliminate pollution from vehicles in immediate proximity to the building. Temperature reductions of 5-6˚ are achieved, significant with summer temperatures in the 30’s.
The natural ventilation makes for a very pleasant working environment and one that is particularly economic given that there are no mechanical services required other than the punkas to stir the air.
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