News > Luke Schuberth at the BCO Conference

30 May 2019

Luke Schuberth is attending the British Council for Offices Conference in Copenhagen next week from the 5th to the 7th of June.

The conference theme, arbejdsglæde - which translates directly as 'happiness at work' - is an increasingly recurring theme in our work. Our recent office projects all reflect an increasing drive to improve the quality of office amenity over and above the office space itself. From the cascading external terraces of Verde SW1 in London's Victoria, to the designed cycle arrival experience of both Verde SW1 and 10 Queen Street Place it is clear that the spaces and amenties that support workplace users are becoming as important as the workplace itself. 

This also applies in our office park projects, where the landscape setting is increasingly important as an amenity itself. Interestingly, clients for office park developments are starting to embrace flexibility - both in terms of change of use from commercial office to lab use and vice versa, as well as implementing co-working which is the primary use of the Bradfield Centre in Cambridge Science Park.

We also see these phenomena emerging in education projects - which we are increasingly designing as hybrid teaching and commercial work spaces, most recently the Molecular Sciences Research Hub for Imperial College in White City and STEAMhouse 2 in Birmingham's Eastside Locks. The wider embrace of flexible approaches to working is also evidenced by the design of co-working spaces in hotel lobbies and hotel-style lobbies in workplaces. As a collaborative design studio that works across the traditional development sectors, our work is at the forefront of this generational shift in design for working and living. 

We are thrilled that our efforts on this score were recently recognised by the BCO in the 2019 Award in the South of England & South Wales region for Commercial Workplace which was won by Forbury 2 in Reading.

The judges commented:  "No. 2 Forbury Place was awarded the Commercial Workplace Award for improving on the first phase of what was an already impressive building situated on the rail route into Reading. Throughout the project the developers considered the use of the space to benefit wellness, sustainability and occupier experience, achieving a quality work place which sets the benchmark for grade-A space in Reading and the wider Thames Valley".

To meet up with Luke in Copenhagen please get in touch.

2019 South of England & South Wales BCO Award for Commercial Workplace

Forbury 2 in Reading




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