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The workplace revolution – joint plenary with AVWorks. The advent of intelligent and collaborative technologies is said to herald a fourth industrial revolution, with the potential to reshape the way we live and work. As our day begins, we invite future-facing technologists to share their vision of a world re-defi ned by the hottest of hot tech – AI and mixed reality (MR) – then challenge them to apply that vision to the workspace.
AI has the potential to transform our lives more in the next thirty to forty years than they’ve changed since the start of the industrial revolution. These are exciting times – and for those able to harness AI’s potential – the future has even more to offer. One of the UK’s leading futurologists describes how AI will transform our societies, economies and working environments.
More and more we see augmented and virtual reality enhancing the world of the consumer. In recent months we’ve seen how it can unite remote workforces. A leading technologist introduces us to the power of mixed reality technologies to foster collaboration, obliterate geography and transform our business landscapes.
We now bring the on-the-ground experts together to discuss how the fast-paced world of technology is transforming office environments today. What do technological developments mean for the working world and the office sector in practice? What does this means for day-to-day life in our workspaces and what is technology enabling in office property now. How can we harness the power of technology to secure the future of the office?
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2020 reshaped working practices as employees worked from home in their millions and office spaces countrywide were left empty. We interrogate the data to determine what this might mean for the future, and how increased home-working could impact work patterns and the demand for square footage. Will trends towards co-working, hot-desking and agile-working accelerate or stall? Will traditional landlords become more service oriented? And what will be the impacts on commercial rents and leases?
With ambitious targets being set across the sector towards net zero carbon deadlines, the demands on green technologies are enormous. At the
same time, fast-changing occupier requirements arising from the Covid-19 crisis could help drive sustainability strategies and effi ciencies or,
conversely, place increased energy demands on buildings. Given these imponderables, what does a realistic long-term sustainability strategy look
like? And how can we embed adaptability and agility into both existing and future buildings?
As occupier demands shift in response to Covid-19, how do investors identify robust investment opportunities? How badly has our sector been hit
and how is it positioned for recovery? We consider the future investment landscape and how confidence might be restored in the wake of recession.
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Wellbeing in the workplace is fast becoming a priority, leading to a greater emphasis on customer experience among office property providers. We
consider the enhancements technology can bring and look to other sectors for lessons in customer experience excellence.
As working patterns shift, so too do workforce priorities. In a post-Covid world, workers may not relish a return to the office or the long commutes to reach
them. Is this a short-term blip or a long-term change? What might it mean for the future of cities now that people have realised you don’t have to work in
them to thrive? Employers everywhere are re-examining their office locations and looking for new models. We consider how this might benefit the regions
and how they can maximise the opportunities of decentralisation.
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We re-unite with our AVWorks audience to look at the future of the workspace from two points of view that ought to align but too often diverge. We ask a leading architect and a nationally renowned occupier to outline their priorities and visions – and to tell us what’s possible and what’s needed to make offices relevant and effective for tomorrow’s world.
The architect’s perspective
The challenges of 2020 have accelerated change in the office sector and transformed the demands placed on office buildings. From those in the pipeline to those recently completed, we consider the design strategies that might enhance building feasibility in a post-Covid-19 world and address the long-term impacts for new building design. We’ll look at how AI, advanced analytics and design could create optimal and future-ready offices, and how intelligent, self-learning workspace approaches might help buildings to evolve and thrive.
The occupier's perspective
After an unprecedented period of disruption, occupiers are slowly returning to their workspaces with inventive and various strategies for success. We’ve asked two workplace leaders from two of the UK’s most iconic brands to share their experience and outline their future workspace expectations.
We’ll find out what a large-scale pan-national leasing strategy might look like, and how virtual reality is helping the BBC power its collaborative workforce.
Patrick will share his experience and outline GSK's future workspace expectations and impact of the crisis. He will also cover the design and delivery of GSK's Workspace Performance Hub and how he applied workplace science to prove the impact of office design and working arrangements on employee wellness and performance factors. He will also include his strategic thinking and purchasing decisions on the use of AV technology in workspace.
Julia Streets and Clive Couldwell each summarise the key take-aways from their respective conferences, and discuss lessons learned and their final conclusions
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