RE: VISITED - The Great Office Occupier/Developer Debate
In 2021, Lewis Silkin and HCG hosted three separate panel sessions where the views from senior members of the Occupier and Landlord communities were heard on a range of key, current topical issues within the real estate industry. This follow on-series brings together some of the key themes from those sessions in relation to ‘The Great Office Occupier/Developer Debate’ as we reflect on the past year, merging the best of the old ways of doing business with the best of what was learnt during the pandemic.
The key themes from our first session focussed around the issues of lease flexibility, sustainability, landlord offering, and wellbeing. There was also a discussion around how the Covid-19 pandemic has seen occupiers’ needs change, new players entering the market offering alternatives to the standard leasehold structure, and the expansion of the flex market.
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The key themes from our second session with developers was focused on what action landlords have taken in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, what lessons they have learnt, how they see the future panning out, and, for many, the pandemic has forced them to rethink their approach to occupiers and the importance of community, collaboration and partnership when it comes to building great places.
- #4 Landlord offering Challenge
- #5 Technology Integration Challenge
- #6 Location, Context and Place-shaping Challenge
Our conclusion pulls together the key challenges to arise from our 2021 debates, alongside reflections on the past year and a look ahead to opportunities that must be seized.
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Conclusions - The Great Office Occupier & Developer Debate27 May 2022
In 2021, Lewis Silkin and HCG hosted three separate panel sessions where the views from senior members of the Occupier and Landlord communities were heard on a range of key, current topical issues within the real estate industry.
Location, context and place-shaping challenge - The Great Office Occupier & Developer Debate25 May 2022
Office premises come in a wide variety of forms from new, smart buildings to older traditional and historic stock. One thing that is common to both is the need for context and location – a sense of physical place.
Landlord offering - The Great Office Occupier & Developer Debate19 May 2022
The requirements of organisations returning to the workplace in a post pandemic scenario have undoubtedly been influenced by the learnings we have all experienced during the pandemic. As these business requirements continue to go through a state of flux, occupiers will be looking to their landlords to match the changes in demand.
Technology Integration challenge - The Great Office Occupier & Developer Debate19 May 2022
There is no doubt that technology has been the fastest evolving element we have seen in offices. Remote working forced a switch to the use of virtual technologies for staff and organisations alike. IT departments had to respond to the challenge in order to keep business running and to bridge the gap between commercial and domestic data networks.
The Sustainability and Net Zero Challenge – The Great Office Occupier & Developer Debate11 May 2022
The lockdown months saw a huge reduction in the operational carbon footprints from commercial workplace premises. The lack of the daily commute for millions of workers also contributed to improvements in urban air quality and energy consumption.
Lease Flexibility - The Great Office Occupier & Developer Debate11 May 2022
The concept of ‘flexibility’ from a leasehold perspective can take many forms and within that there are degrees and differing perspectives. The coming years will see more flexibility within leases and/or licences and perhaps new arrangements that have yet to come to light. The future is unclear, but that will, inevitably, create opportunities and encourage change.
Wellbeing and human centric workspace challenge – The Great Office Occupier & Developer Debate11 May 2022
Wellbeing is a difficult concept to pin down: it is both physical and intangible, practical and esoteric, and so can be tricky to measure with any accuracy. That said, the disruption from COVID-19 has provided an opportunity to create better, more human-centric workspaces.