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Flex office firms beg for more direct help

Flexible workspace bosses warned this week that the government is still not doing enough to protect the sector – as it was dealt a fresh blow of a likely ban on hotdesking. READ MORE>

Smart lifts, lonely workers, no towers or tourists: architecture after coronavirus

“How we think about the workplace will be the biggest change,” says Darren Comber, chief executive of Scott Brownrigg, which merged with the DRU in 2004. “We’ve seen a huge boom in co-working spaces. But, after this, are companies really going to want to put their entire team in one place, where they’re closely mingling with other businesses?”...READ MORE

Flexible offices in a fight for their survival, says UBS research

Demand for new offices will drop significantly this year and serviced office providers are fighting for survival due to the coronavirus pandemic, research from UBS-AM Real Estate & Private Markets has found. READ MORE>

Coronavirus set to usher in big changes at U.S. offices

The novel coronavirus may do to U.S. office rentals what e-commerce did to malls, or so goes a line of thinking running through commercial real estate circles. Technology threatens to further reduce the amount of square footage companies lease after seeing how well the work-from-home experience has fared. READ MORE>

The end of the office? Coronavirus my change work forever

In the world of social distancing, many of the world's office workers have not seen their desks for weeks. But when coronavirus lockdowns finally ease there may be fewer desks to return to. Facing a sudden need to cut costs, chief executives have indicated in recent days that their property portfolios look like good places to start given the ease with which their companies have adapted to remote set-ups. READ MORE>

A letter from New York

Landlords want to start bringing workers back to 450 million sq ft of offices, even if in a trickle. But New York State governor Andrew Cuomo warns that reopening businesses where people gather under a roof will proceed slowly and cautiously. READ MORE>

Hot offices index 2020

Although all the top locations currently face unprecedented challenges as a result of the lockdown, the research suggests that the underlying market fundamentals remain solid and that historically strong locations will come into their own once again when the lockdown is lifted.. READ MORE>

The role of flexible workspace in disaster recovery planning

Demand for flexible space for contingency purposes is likely to increase in the near future. Space-as-a-Service offerings make for ideal disaster recovery workspaces because they are furnished, managed and, crucially, connected, meaning businesses can move in and be operational almost instantly. READ MORE>

How crash course in WFH will affect future of office design

Are we at the precipice of a workplace revolution? Current forecasts indicate that, rather than revolution, the situation will likely create a turbocharged evolution of the workplace values that were evident before the pandemic. Helen Berresford, head of ID:SR Sheppard Robson, looks at the potential impact of the COVID-19 crisis....READ MORE>

Virtually foolproof?

Office agents have turned to virtual viewings during the lockdown. Is it a passing fad or will physical viewings soon be a thing of the past? READ MORE>

COVID-19 and real estate: what we might see at the other end

The type of space that companies require could fundamentally change, producing huge needs in terms of fit-out, advisory services and development projects. Resilience, wellbeing and sustainability are probably important keywords here.. READ MORE>

Colliers EMEA Office Market Response to COVID-19

Office observations from markets across EMEA, including lessons from APAC, landlord tenant negotiations, and what's happening to lease activity. READ MORE>

WeWork is all about community. Will social distancing crash its business model?

Although a shakeout in the industry is evidently underway, plenty of real estate analysts say co-working has established its appeal to both small entrepreneurs and large companies and will survive in some form after the pandemic. Co-working’s fundamental appeal is a re-creation of the best aspects of a private office environment, including human connection among like-minded peers, that can’t be found at home. READ MORE>

Crunch time for flexible office providers

Once regarded by some as the future of the working world with their trendy communal spaces, hotel-like reception staff and free beer on tap, flexible office providers now face a watershed moment.  READ MORE>

Recovery Readiness: A How-to Guide for Reopening your Workplace

Cushman & Wakefield offers resources for reopening workplaces. The Recovery Readiness Guide” outlines some of the best thinking and practices that their 53,000+ professionals have compiled across the globe and also includes insights from key partners.  READ MORE>

Clouds gather over Irish office markets

The office markets in the capital cities of Ireland and Northern Ireland have gone from strength to strength over the past five years. Will recent political instability and the rapidly escalating Covid-19 crisis stop them in their tracks? READ MORE>

COVID-19: What does it mean for flexible leasing? 

Gemma Foord, Head of Flexible Leasing & Consulting at DeVono Cresa looks at the impact COVID-19 is having at flexible leasing. READ MORE>

Co-working could emerge as a big winner from coronavirus

Flexible office companies may be suffering now as co-working users avoid crowded and shared spaces, but they are likely to emerge the winners of the COVID-19 outbreak, according to UBS Asset Management. READ MORE>

Agents versus flexible operators

Cushman & Wakefield became the fourth-largest agency group to enter the flexible workspace market in 18 months this February when it launched INDEGO, which will run flexible workspaces for its clients under their own brand. READ MORE>