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The office of 2030: Views from the industry

Posted on: 28 September 2011
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The days of the iconic office tower are numbered, according to a new survey of developers, occupiers and industry bodies. Demand for office space will rise in the next 20 years, but the size of offices will decrease, says the survey by multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy hurleypalmerflatt. The result will be for fewer large, speculative office developments and more incremental development, as noted by 64 per cent of respondents. People will be working in smaller, more flexible and adaptable spaces very close to public transport and with advanced IT systems embedded into the building’s fabric. This will lead to fewer iconic buildings being constructed, according to 62 per cent of respondents. Findings of this survey are illustrated through a series of videos, looking at the main drivers of change in the office of 2030; the impact of the economy, carbon and the environment; how influential technology and social and community needs will be; and how occupiers and developers will influence the market for offices in 2030.

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