Despite rapidly changing working habits, firms are still relying on outdated space standards (c. 100 sq ft / person), meaning that companies are paying a high price for the extra space that they don’t need.
Many businesses could reduce the amount of office space that they rent by between 10 to 15%, as calculated by a leading property expert.
As reported in The Independent newspaper, the office rental specialist commented that "For far too long, it has become widely practised and accepted that office space measurements should be based on this. But having consulted with architects, building designers and our experience from acting for office occupiers, office space should be calculated at no more than between 85 and 90 square feet per person."
Instead of the 100 sq. ft. rule of thumb employed by traditional architects, there is an emerging trend among progressive employers and leading designers to create flexible and well-planned offices, which achieve a more efficient office average of 85 sq.ft per employee.
Companies renting Serviced Offices benefit from increased flexibility and shared back-office support, enabling these clients to operate productively with just 75 sq.ft. per workstation. Within the article, the expert highlights the key trends shaping the future of the office.
Chief among the drivers of change, will be the integration of internal staff and teams of external suppliers, to enable greater collaboration on projects and services. There are already clear examples of this occurring within TMT tech-focused businesses.
According to the article, "Telecoms, media and technology companies are largely leading the way for the future of how our offices will look, with breakout and brainstorming areas of increased social gathering leading to more collaborative work places – often with recreational spaces.”