Andrew Cooke Bruntwood Works

Ok, Google – how is worktech evolving in response to Covid-19?

Workspaces must constantly evolve to become smarter, and smart tech offers the possibility of using space in more efficient, proficient ways – important as we respond to changing working habits driven by the pandemic, writes Andrew Cooke, strategic director of Bruntwood Works.

Gensler 826 Valencia California

Retail has entered ‘era of belonging’

What does the future hold for retail and leisure? These are clearly challenging times, but seen against those sectors that were cruising before Covid but are now flailing for new ideas, such as offices, retailers have a headstart in confronting uncomfortable truths, and daring those who hold the purse strings to rip it up and start again.

Andrew Timoney Mills & Reeve

Are cities scarred by office to residential developments?

In May 2013, the then UK Coalition government passed an amendment to the General Permitted Development Order which allowed the conversion of offices into new residential dwellings without the need to obtain full planning permission. Instead, developers had ‘deemed approval’. Andrew Timoney writes.