14 September 2017 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
There is a tendency to overlook the fact that buildings are designed for people when developing workplaces, attendees at real estate summit CoreNet heard this week.
Kay Sargent, director of workplace practice at architecture, design and planning firm HOK, told delegates that when workplaces were designed there tended to be a focus on technology, sustainability, globalisation, and reducing real estate costs, and this sometimes failed to observe that workplaces were primarily designed for people.
She said it was therefore debatable what the workplace of the future would look like. She said a more pertinent question was "what will the future workforce or individual worker look like?".
She said the requirements of Generation Z would be "critical" to this question, and businesses will need to be responsive.
John Williams, head of marketing at the Instant Group, said that "the rise of co-working has seen ever more diverse agile, flexible and transparent working options, marking the growth of niche co-working spaces ranging from female-only spaces to 'bro-working' formats and technology accelerated 'rocket space', with landlords and operators meeting the requirements of different interest groups with niche products".