Our strategy division encompasses workplace consultancy and research & development, offering an integrated service to all our clients in order to help them achieve their individual real estate objectives.
Our workplace team is passionate about investing in ongoing research into emerging trends and working patterns in order to develop creative environments that help nurture the next generation.
In this global economy research can help our clients to future proof their assets, drive efficiencies, increase performances, reduce costs, generate a higher return and give them a competitive edge. In support of workplace strategy for example, we might examine global standards and emerging trends, while in support of architecture and interior design we might explore new materials and technologies.
Our research underpins and informs all our design activities and benefits both occupiers and developers.
As organisations are increasingly under pressure to reduce costs and maximise shareholder value, the spotlight is focused on optimising the efficiency of both their people and property.
The challenge is maintaining the fine balance between pursuing strategies that reduce the impact on the bottom-line, and importantly, delivering working environments that attract, retain and inspire a workforce with diverse needs.
The sustainable successful outcome of any property-related strategy lies in ensuring it is aligned with the organisation’s future corporate strategy, core working processes and culture. In our view the key to creating effective high performance working environments is acknowledging that the ‘DNA’ of all organisations is unique and that a successful outcome is not based on promoting a ‘one-size fits all’ approach.
Working both as an independent consultancy and as a specialist discipline, our workplace strategy team offers the full spectrum of property-related services which includes developing and implementing:
- •merger and acquisition integration strategies
- •building due diligence and selection strategies
- •strategic property and portfolio assessments
- •global workspace and design standards development
- •alternative working strategies
- •change management and communications strategies
Our understanding of the relevant working practices and trends for our cross-sector clients in both the private and public sectors is under-pinned by the expertise and knowledge gained from our hands on approach. We are passionate about our investment into on-going research initiatives. We focus on monitoring future trends including the changing demographic and conflicting needs/expectations of the workforce, the introduction of new technologies along with their combined impact on working patterns. We are well placed to work alongside our design colleagues to develop creative environments that not only nurture but also shape the next generation of employees.
Research & Development
Research & development plays an important role in moving forward the frontiers of design, enabling continuous improvement of the design service and strategic advice that we provide to our clients. As a practice we conduct research across a broad spectrum, whether this is helping clients’ to anticipate future trends and demands, exploring innovative use of materials or addressing the local needs of global delivery. Ultimately it is about providing benefit to our clients.
We are involved in a wide range of research activities which include the following key areas:
- •Modern Methods of Construction
- •Design Standards
- •Innovative Use of Materials
- •Educational Futures
- •Global Standards