2021 Conference Agenda

Working environments are changing. Join us as we examine the forces that will shape the workspaces of tomorrow in a world shaped by Covid-19, brought to you by Property Week and AV Magazine and expertly curated in close collaboration with our partners and advisory boards.

Design your personal programme - 5 simple steps

As a delegate you'll have access to both WorkSpace and AV Works sessions.

  1. Attend the joint plenary sessions setting the scene, with topics and themes universal to workspace property, workplace environments and how to meet the needs of a tech-enabled boom.
  2. The agenda then splits into sessions providing a deep dive into each industry, attend those most valuable to you.
  3.  Choose which rountable you'd like to take part in (in person delegates only)
  4. In the afternoon we'll once again join together for more joint sessions
  5. Catch up on demand with any sessions that you missed or watch your favourites again at your leisure.

Timings subject to change

Chairs opening remarks
Group Editor
AV Magazine and Electronics Weekly
Founder & CEO
Streets Consulting
"Hybrid" is not an answer
Ask most companies what their policy on the office or flexible work is now and they'll tell you they're going for a 'hybrid' approach. It sounds good. Sophisticated. And the theory is simple. But it hides a huge amount of complexity in practice, particularly as society and working culture continue to evolve. Applied futurist Tom Cheesewright highlights the critical factors for success in a hybrid future. What does it mean for the workspace? And what does it mean for landlords and tenants?

Tom Cheesewright is an Applied Futurist, he helps people and organisations around the world to see the future more clearly, share their vision, and respond with innovation. View Tom's profile for more information/
Applied Futurist
Book of the Future
Rebuilding from Scratch - Recreating Workplace Culture Fit For the Future

Bruce Daisley, Ex-Twitter VP and expert on workplace culture, will cover the vital part that the office will take in shaping breakthrough cultures for companies. While we all recognise that our relationship with the office is going to have evolved from before, our workplace is a place of congregation and Bruce will present a framework for us to understand the functions of the office and how we can maximise this for competitive advantage.

Ex Twitter VP, now workplace culture enthusiast
Decision making criteria as we transition from reactive pandemic management to long term flexibility.

Three different businesses compare the workplace data they are working with and the outcomes they are planning for.

Presentation One: Back to the Office:

Many occupiers want to get back into an office, but their requirements have fundamentally changed. Paul draws on Derwent’s experiences in the last year to discuss how the war for talent will be won/how the flight to quality will work in practice

Hosted by: Paul Williams, CEO, Derwent

Presentation Two: Long term hybrid working

Creating an ideal balance between staff wellbeing and empowerment, and efficiency for the NHS Providing inspiring workspaces to support our NHS colleagues and enabling smarter working is balanced with maximising property efficiencies and cost saving opportunities around the NHS office estate. This is linked to the changing requirements for space, with new ways of working and the systematic changes in the NHS. Kate delivers a keynote focussing on the trends in this area and the NHS Property Services contribution to estate planning in the NHS.

Hosted by: Kate Richardson, Head of National Office Programme, NHS

Presentation Three: Creating cohesiveness and retaining culture in a flexible working environment

As a client deploying workspace technology for a range of occupiers Mark Ferguson will elaborate on the strategy options that can enable better workspace experience for employees and beyond. Comparing a variety of case studies he will demonstrate how different company cultures and structures can implement flexibility.

Hosted by: Mark Ferguson, Workspace Transformation Lead, Aura Futures

Head of National Office Programme
Director of Workspace Consulting and Transformation
Aura Futures
Networking break and partner showcase

One Event, Double the Opportunity

Following the morning's joint sessions, the two agendas will split to focus on specific themes and topics. Registrants for WorkSpace also gain free access to the AV Works conference agenda, so feel free to dip in and out of sessions based on the themes that appeal to you and design your own event

(You can catch up on all sessions that you missed after the event, on demand using our event app). 

WorkSpace Deepdive

Evolving for growth within a changing investment landscape: Current forces exerted on the property market

In this session we will explore the forces currently driving the investment landscape, and how an extended period of M&A affect the property market? We’ll debate the role of Net Carbon Zero targets in investment decision making.

We’ll also unveil how investors are identifying robust opportunities, the response of the property development sector and the ultimate impact on the options occupiers have.

Office and Investment Lead
Planning and Transportation Chair
City of London
Real Estate Director
Head of Fund Management
IPUT Real Estate Dublin
Future of Flex: Key The imminent turf-war between landlords
  • What is the future of flex and how will it change the landscape for landlords?
  • Understand how the flexible workspace sector’s share of the total UK office market could grow as much as 20% in 2 years, and the impact on your business
  • Growth is projected to be driven primarily by large corporate occupiers, what does that mean for the development of the market as a whole?
  • Where do the opportunities for growth lie and where can you, as occupier or developer, benefit?y
Worktech Academy
Chief Exective
AFK, Arney Fender Katsalidis
Lunch and partner showcase visit
Panel: What is the role of shared workspace in the hybrid working environment?

Our panel of experts will analyse the economic costs and benefits of shared space for occupiers and for property developers, as well as the practicalities of employees acting as consumers of commodified office-space. We’ll look at trends for satellite locations and the efficiencies that they might provide, as well as clusters and adjacencies.

Chief Executive Officer
Regional Director
Co-Founder and CEO
TOG The Office Group
Founding Partner
Wellness as a structural requirement of your space: Is it really worth it?

Through the lens of economic viability and business benefit, our panelists share their views on wellness opportunities. Using your office’s ‘public realm’ to its greatest potential: Community, the active commute, gyms, social and casual meeting space. Our experts will discuss de-densification and looking carefully at stacking, grouping, and amenities to make employees feel good. What are the impacts for office design and space requirements for the future? And where are the greatest potential overlaps between creating environmentally friendly buildings, and buildings that prioritise employee wellness?

Senior Vice President EMEA
International WELL Building Institute
Director of Strategy and Story
Rockwell Group
Bruntwood Works
Head of Research & Strategy and Europa Capital
Europa Capital

AV Works Deepdive

The potential wins from architecturally-integrated AV: A briefing

How to design and create a building that enhances community, decision-making and employees sense of their own value. Andrew uses recent examples, data and experience to explain the way technology installation can revolutionize the workplace

Director of Strategy and Story
Rockwell Group
The CIO's perspective on the future use and design of buildings.

Magnus applies his years of expertise to the way technology will operate in future workplaces, not as distinct and siloed IT, AV, or corporate services but as a holistic system which will need careful design and senior level input at the outset.

Magnus will deliberate the need for fit outs and bespoke cabling required for internet access, the acoustic requirements for hybrid interactions, flexibility of layouts for low cost change and building managements systems integral for effective operations.

CIO Advisor
Lunch and partner showcase visit
Panel: Using technology to create a connection between people and place: Enabling collaboration and engagement in the current and future Technology’s role in employees’ experience of their work environment

How can the latest tech and design bring choice to the workplace? Our experts will analyse the business function, people and proces and how to create an assessment and delivery system that ensures the tech is always fit for purpose. We'll also debate the Untethering person from desk: Mobility, agility and connectivity and connections between people and place, and what role workplace technology play? Not just in the call/conference but in the career

Moderated by: Clive Couldwell, Group Editor, AV Magazine

AV Designer and Strategist
Octavius RE
Owner and Project Manager
Beyond Workplace Consulting
Interview: Cross-sector inspiration: The seismic shift in technology usage in university teaching and community, and how you can apply it to the work-place

Caroline reveals the technology and innovation that has allowed the fascinating and rapid evolution of the university experience.

Understanding how Caroline meets the demands of the lecture-hall and delivering an immersive, high-quality interaction for a paying audience of students will help you push the boundaries as you create equality of experience in the hybrid office environment.

- Cameras that follow the speaker – why, how and to what degree of success?

- Using AV over IP to maximise flexibility

- Co-Pilots in an online lecture – how might the technique work in a commercial setting?

- Av technology to bring back a sense of community – what has worked and what hasn’t?

- Medium and long-term strategy: What goes and what stays in a post-pandemic university environment?

Technology Delivery Manager
Imperial College London
AV Designer and Strategist
Octavius RE
Roundtable discussions and networking:

Choose from our selection of focused roundtable discussions, hosted by industry experts

1. Flexible space: How to get it and what to do with it

Discovering what flexibility means for your employees. Occupier perspective

Hosted by: Kate Richardson, Head of National Office Programme, NHS

2. What does collaboration mean post-Covid?

Hosted by: Vince Simpson, CEO, Project Management Consultant

3. Creating equality of experience in hybrid working environments

Hosted by: Amy Turney, Founder + CEO, Beyond Workplace Consulting

What it takes to create a net zero carbon commercial development

Analysis of progress to date at The Forge and the learnings we can take from it as an industry.

  •  What is an environmentally friendly office space?
  •  Achieving Net Carbon Zero: The major obstacles and their solutions
  • Working in partnership with construction, architects and occupiers to deliver meaningful progress
  • Funding and investment of zero carbon projects: Challenges and opportunities

Interviewed by: Julia Streets, Founder and Director, Streets Consulting

Sustainability Manager
Head of Design Innovation & Property Solutions
Creating a diverse and inclusive office space: Factors that must be considered

We’ll put inclusivity under the spotlight in this revealing session. Topics include design-phase considerations that you may have overlooked, working towards an work-environment that caters equally to employees regardless of gender, and creating amenities and outdoor space that allow the workforce to thrive.

Head of Workplace and Portfolio Strategy
Presentation: Infrastructure and planning that supports long term improvements in the commercial and working environment.
Planning and Transportation Chair
City of London
Closing remarks and conference close
Farewell networking drinks reception

In-person delegates only

Venue: America Square Conference Centre, 1 America Square, 17 Crosswall, London EC3N 2LB

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