After a year of working from home, New London Architecture has launched WRK/LDN: office revolution? – a report on the office looking at how workspaces across London have adjusted to the COVID-19 pandemic and how they will need to adapt for the future.
Developed by Head of Office and Workplace, Toni Riddiford, and Associate Architect, Nik Hoggarth, The London Net-Work explores emerging typologies of worker and workplaces, and is included within the publication…
New typologies of worker
The daily Workforce Army has disbanded. Nine-to-five desk dwellers are few and far between. London has an opportunity to reinvent itself as a network of spaces which appeal to, and support, new typologies of worker.
- 15-minute city is reality
- They drive growth of neighbourhood co-work spaces, micro spoke office markets, localised economies and the bustling periphery
- They now journey into the city centre for a reason rather than by default
- Live or relocate out of Central London
- Drawn into knowledge, social and cultural clusters but less frequently than a Live/Work Local – how can the city encourage, support, and enhance their visits?
- Make their journey to/from/between workspaces in an active way
- Require and value well-connected and high quality facilities that support this
International Worker/Digital Nomad
- Fully exploit technologies and new digital job roles and may never travel/congregate for work in a physical setting
- Opens up national and global talent pools and workstreams
Emerging office typologies
If job opportunities are no longer the reason that pulls so many to the city, what is it that makes London the home/destination of choice for a newly agile workforce? Emerging office typologies will need to cater to these workers.
- Front door in prominent location
- Status symbol and brand hub
- A place for meeting, socialising, collaboration and learning
- Encourages cross-fertilisation of people and ideas
- Distinct character appeals to particular industry, interest or ethos
- A local workspace without commute
- Alternative to homeworking
- Offers business and community development
- Creative reuse of vacant/declining spaces
- Rebirth of out-of-town business park
- Makes an event out of working
- Offers a unique experience
- Could be a serviced offer, spoke within a larger organisation’s model, or a pop up with access to green or blue space
Pit Stop Office
- This office is not an office at all. It is a well-located place for ‘Active Commuters’ to park and refresh themselves before going out into their office: the city
The evolution of the workplace has encountered a new paradigm shift. The popular statement “work is something you do, not a place you go” carries less currency when a recovery from the pandemic is on the horizon. It’s got to be both. Work is a thing you do in places that help you to do those things better. And if people are working in a certain place less than they used to, that place needs to evolve and become multi-functional to survive.