10 innovative offices and commercial buildings in the Thames Valley
For the first time, we can say with some confidence that the Covid-19 pandemic is behind us. People adapted incredibly well during the various lockdowns; the agility that British businesses demonstrated in the past few years was outstanding.
Working from home measures were a particular success, with business continuity pretty much maintained throughout. Some lessons around the specifics of 'WFH' have been learned and many of us have since incorporated the concept of home working into our working lives. It's here to stay.
Yet the office is not dead. The future for many appears to be 'hybrid working' - part of the week spent working at home, part of the week in the office. That's what 85% of office workers want, according to a recent survey.
That's just as well, only the Thames Valley has hundreds of millions of pounds' worth of brand new, cutting edge and innovative office space. It'd be a giant shame - not to mention an enormous waste of money - not to make use of it.
Here are our 10 favourite offices in the region. Some are brand new builds, others make great use of older buildings, all are forward-thinking working environments that are future proofed and a pleasure to work inside...
8. The Future Works - Slough
Offering more than 100,000 sq. ft. of premium office space over eight floors, Future Works is as forward thinking as its moniker hints at. Next door to Slough train station, it's handily placed and part of a mammoth £280m investment in the Berkshire town.
Award-winning architects designed the building, with every inch of space within cleverly utilised. It's as sustainable and environmentally-friendly as you'd expect from such a modern build too. It's key feature is its stunning west-facing roof terraces, both of which offer views of Windsor Castle.