The way we work has fundamentally changed. Offices are no longer simply a place to work; forward-thinking businesses that want to attract the best talent increasingly recognise that workplaces need to be flexible, collaborative hubs that make a positive contribution to employees’ quality of life. From gyms, treatment rooms, cycling facilities and cafés, through to smart systems that monitor air quality and provide contactless access from street to office floor, our buildings are designed to put the happiness and health – both physical and mental – of occupants first. That, in turn, helps our tenants to attract and retain the best talent while also providing an environment that helps people do their best work.
We see smart technology as essential in creating modern workspaces. This is not about complex and confusing tech for tech’s sake; rather we aim to incorporate well-thought-through, user-friendly systems that improve the tenant experience, while also ensuring that our buildings’ technological infrastructure is first rate. Our building apps connect occupants to create a stronger sense of community, allow effortless booking of facilities and services, optimise the working environment through individual control of heating and cooling, and enable cost savings through smart energy management.
Considering the environment when creating new buildings is not just the right thing to do, it makes business sense. With companies increasingly held accountable by customers, partners and staff for their impact on the environment, ESG considerations have moved up the priority list, making green credentials more important when choosing a workplace. From facilitating carbon-zero commuting through cycling facilities and high-quality changing rooms, through to on-site renewable energy generation, low-energy lighting and smart controls, we see incorporating sustainable features as a vital component of creating buildings with strong long-term appeal.