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Josef Hargrave

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Living Workplace

Living Workplace

Josef Hargrave
Global Foresight Manager
foresight@arup.com
+44 (0) 20 7636 1531

Shaping the workforce of the future

From the demise of mono-functionality to reductions in size and scale, the character of the office is being redefined towards a more fluid entity, capable of expanding and contracting on demand.

The Living Workplace considers a broad spectrum of research and trends relevant to this transforming typology, including digital services, emerging business models and workforce wellbeing. The increased autonomy of and competition for workers is fuelling demand for dynamic working environments, disrupting conventional tenancy models and asset utilisation rates.

Technology now allows us to work anywhere and at any time. In an economy of knowledge workers where creation of value is no longer fixed to a physical space, we are witnessing an extreme diversification of working styles and patterns. To reinstate the workplace as a destination, employers and developers are experimenting with alternative modes of working. Moreover, offices are being embedded as the beating heart of mixed-use developments blending public space with retail and lifestyle offerings. Now is a critical moment to recalibrate our understanding of the workplace.

The overwhelming takeaway was the need for a radical change in philosophy: to think more like a hotelier than a real estate company.

James Cooksey
The Crown Estate