Thanks to companies like Google, and trends such as home working, the face of the workplace is changing. This has meant that construction and design professionals are having to review their approach to both building and designing workspaces.
This assertion is backed up by Mike Park of BRITA, who told UK Construction Online magazine that:
“Organisations in the UK are increasingly moving to a culture of agility, from embracing flexible working practices to the soaring popularity of co-workspaces, to facilitate more collaborative ways of working.
This has meant creating work spaces designed to be both adaptable and efficient – it no longer makes sense to assign one particular function to a room or office. As a result, office layouts are becoming much simpler and more fluid, and interior designers are having to come up with fixtures and space dividers that can move and ‘multi-task’.
In addition, there is an increasing need to use sustainable materials and create spaces that enhance wellness by letting in more natural light, for example, or creating rooftop gardens. In this respect, finding ways to bring nature indoors is likely to become a major trend within this arena.
Other features popular amongst tomorrow’s workforce include quiet zones, hydration stations, comfortable seating areas and in-office gyms.