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British Council for Offices Publishes New Research Agenda

British Council for Offices Publishes New Research Agenda
26 January 2024

The British Council for Offices has unveiled its new research agenda, with a vision for the office as a sustainable part of the built environment.

The briefing note outlines a “turbulent landscape” for the office sector, citing the current environment crisis and cultural changes in attitudes to work following the COVID-19 pandemic. A 2022 workshop determined four “pillars” of work to shape a response to these changes, which led to the commissioning of individual papers to explore each of the pillars in more detail. These pillars are Economy, Business, Technology, and Environmental, Social and Governance.

Each pillar topic also considers the social relevance of the office as a fully integrated part of the broader infrastructure of UK cities and towns, re-evaluating the notion of offices as capital assets in light of the broader role of offices as a source of community and place-making in the UK’s new and shifting economic geography.

As the document states: “An integral part of the brief for each research pillar was the need to consider change, not only in terms of the detailed issues being faced today but, critically, to take a longer-term perspective in order to anticipate challenges and turn them into opportunities.” 

The document has been prepared by several industry names such as: Nick Axford, Global Head of Research at Avison Young, Chris Kane, Co-Founder at EverythingOmni, Nigel Miller, Managing Director at Cordless Consultants and Hannah Davis, Director at Faithful+Gould. There is also a foreword from Bill Hughes, Global Head of Real Assets at Legal and General Investment Management.

Picture: a photograph of three people working on laptops at a desk. One person is a wheelchair user and holding a book, another person is standing and reaching down to look at a laptop, the other person is seated and looking at their own laptop. Image Credit: Pexels

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 26 January 2024


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