Rapport’ has recently been commissioned to manage and develop design options for Verisk Analytics at their Fleet office in Hampshire.
As a leading source of insurance data information, our team will provide an objective review of Verisk’s current space and work practices in addition to designing a new floor to accommodate new ways of working to improve internal communication and ensure further growth and development.
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Size: 7.620 sq ft across two floors
Location: Fleet, Hampshire
Services: Design, Management & Cost Consultancy
A recent report reveals 83% of technology experts believe they should play a key role in how the built environment operates.
The report ‘Future proof real estate: is the property sector ready for the 2020’s’ conducted by Osborne Clarke and FTI consulting researched 500 technology experts for the report which focuses emerging tech trends.
The most significant advice from the report looks at the need for property companies to be ready and ‘act quickly’ with tech trends for wide-scale adoption by 2021.
Savannah de Savary, from ‘Built-ID,’ the digital platform for those who want to discover who and what the best agents of change in the built environment explains:
“The single, greatest impact that technology giants such as Apple, Google and Facebook are having on the built environment – both in terms of how they are shaping their workspace and local communities and their recent move into creating digital cities – is that property companies are realising that they need to up their game.”
De Savary raises the “Amazon effect” on Seattle as a prime example. The tech company’s headquarters which operations in Seattle have been credited with adding $38 billion to the city’s economy, with a commensurate impact on real estate values and employment
In the UK, she sees brands such as Google at King’s Cross, Snap at Fitzrovia and Twitter in Soho as perpetrators of “real estate ripple effect.”
“Landlords are bending over backwards to woo tech companies and moreover, looking for ways to replicate their approach to real estate. They have observed how these companies approach workspace design and spread their influence into place making, using music, art and culture to attract the best and create destinations.”
De Savary also believes that tech companies are influencing building design and sustainability Her reference point on this is Bloomberg’s new European HQ in London has just been voted the world’s most sustainable office building with a plethora of innovative operational, power, lighting, water and ventilation systems.
“Founder Michael Bloomberg was very much the visionary for this, working in partnership with architect Norman Foster, and the result is a shining beacon for other companies and city planners to try and emulate.”
De Savary hopes that the symbiotic relationship between the worlds of technology and property continues to flourish.
“Technology is now shaping every aspect of our world for the better, and the same applies to the built environment!”
PropTech UK – UKPA represents and assists companies and individuals who are active in the UK’s PropTech sector, promoting engagement between technology business and the property industry.
To read and download the full report, click here.
Women’s Pioneer Housing is London’s largest provider of low cost rented homes to women and women-headed households who are increasingly priced out of London’s housing market. Managing over 1000 homes in Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham, Westminster, Wandsworth, Ealing, Harrow and Hillingdon they are today one of the few social housing landlords still building new homes in central London. Over the next 4 years, their current site in Wood Lane W12 will be demolished and redeveloped to provide further residential units alongside a new HQ office.
Our team at Rapport are proud to be part of this process and will work with the organisation to manage the detailed solutions’ dialogue phase of the procurement. This will involve identifying workspace needs, evaluating design proposals and commenting on how they might be improved. A temporary relocation for the duration of the construction period will be put in place. Our team will continue to support Women’s Pioneer through each phase of the development to ensure that the new office accommodation delivers their organisational requirements for the future.
Actions to date: Workplace Analysis & Scheme Development
Location: Wood Lane, London W12
Services: Workspace consultancy
Rapport continues to provide professional and innovative construction consultancy services for an increasing range of clients and their projects, in both the public and private sectors. With a history of working with Housing Associations, we have previously delivered projects for Shepherd’s Bush Housing Association, Rosebery Housing and currently, in the middle of a project for Thrive Housing.
Additionally, as lead consultants, we have advised procurement options to other associations considering relocation and refurbishment projects.
Relocating to a new office is an exciting time for a business and its staff. A change of scenery is invigorating and inspiring. However, if you are the one running a relocation project, it can be overwhelming.
Our team of experts at Rapport’ have developed a concise, office relocation checklist to help you with the first stages of the project, to the day of completion and occupation. Leaving you free to focus on your business.
Our checklist will help you to;
Businesses are living in an unpredictable time. Factors such as remote working, technology, high rental costs and the economy are all having an impact on how we work, and the workspaces businesses require now and in the future.
So how can your business keep up with the times when your company is unable to relocate?
We break down our workspace trends for 2018 below.
As the retirement age continues to rise and the practicalities of having to, or wanting to work past the retirement age become a reality, businesses now need to consider adjusting their workplace initiatives and workspaces to accommodate.
The Office for National Statistics recently revealed that the number of women working past the age of 70 has doubled in the past four years. Whereas, one in seven men continue to work into old age amid growing concerns over the bleak outlook for pensions.
There are many benefits to a mixture of ages working together. The older gen with their invaluable work experience, and the new gen for their tech and social media expertise.
A great way to engage all generations in a workplace is to provide a variety of open-plan areas that encourage and inspire open-dialogue, conversation and bonding.
Spaces that are creative and colourful are perfect for workshops, regular get-togethers and brainstorming. The more tonal and neutrally designed areas offer a calmer space for teams or individuals who need time to concentrate or reflect. These break-out areas are also perfect for less formal HR catch-ups or personal reviews.
If your business is unable to move, and you need to utilise and make the most out of your space, consider space saving solutions.
Agile non-permanent and architectural partition screens and office pods extend and complement most office landscapes without the long-term commitment. These solutions work by dividing open spaces or create closed and partially closed rooms dependant on your need.
Equally, sound-proof pods ensure staff have some quiet and more private areas for meetings or for individual tasks that need concentration away from the distractions of an open-plan office.
As many businesses utilise flexible working initiatives, a wide-range of technology can now make it possible to reduce the number of internal and external meetings.
Systems like Join me, Skype, virtual meetings and other video conferencing solutions can have an impact on the need for numerous conference spaces.
When face-to-face meetings do take place, make sure your technology is efficient.
As departments and businesses change and grow, ensuring your furniture and spaces are agile is crucial. It can also help your business save money in the long-term.
Make sure your seating is tested by your staff and is adjustable, to different heights, body types and other generational needs.
Offering a combination of seated and standing desks will also aid wellbeing in the office, by taking the pressure off staff sitting all day.