In-person networking is back! Join us for a One Day Conference on 5th October at Here East, Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, followed by an informal networking dinner at the Grosvenor House. Entitled ‘Reimagining Our Workspaces’, the conference will examine the essential and urgent challenges and opportunities presented to the office sector as it seeks to adapt to a world changed by both the pandemic and climate change.

Start Date / Time 05 Oct 2021 09:30
End Date / Time 05 Oct 2021 16:30
Venue Plexal at Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, 14 East Bay Lane, London E15 2GW
National Yes
Type Conference
Available to Non Members Yes
Members Price £375.00 ex VAT (£450.00 inc VAT)
Non-member Price £495.00 ex VAT (£594.00 inc VAT)



The conference comes at a critical moment. As the restrictions imposed by the pandemic begin to ease, we are collectively questioning what a ‘return to the norm’ could and should look like. Enforced changes, such as a flexible and more remote ways of working, are now largely welcome and here to stay; the question of how our workplaces can support our health and wellbeing in the future has come to the forefront.

In parallel run critical decisions about the carbon footprint of the built environment, which must be made if we are to achieve the net zero carbon targets.

Reflecting this, the conference’s central themes revolve around the design and specification of buildings, the response of end-users, and the potential use of technology as occupiers encourage their staff to return to the office. We will also explore the future of cities and the urban realm, and the challenges the industry will face if ‘net zero carbon’ is to turn from a worthy aspiration into reality.

Through presentations and panel discussions, we will generate a debate about the future of offices. Join us in ‘Reimagining Our Workspaces’ and enjoy the opportunity to re-connect with industry peers and colleagues in person after so long.

Spaces for this event are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. We encourage you to book early to avoid disappointment.

Regular conference tickets include a place at the dinner and are available at a reduced bundle price which can be booked using the link below.

Conference & Dinner bundle:

Member: £375 + VAT

Non-member: £495 +VAT

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Those wishing to attend only the conference or the dinner, can purchase standalone tickets. Bookings can be made by downloading the booking forms below and returning them to the email address indicated on the form.

Unable to attend in person? Conference live streaming tickets can be purchased here.

Standalone dinner tickets:   

The dinner includes a drinks reception, 3 course meal and entertainment by an After Dinner Speaker.                                                        

Members:          £175 +VAT          £1,750 table of ten        

Non-members:  £225 +VAT          £2,250   table of ten 

You can download the dinner booking form here.                                                              

Standalone conference tickets:                 

Members:          £285  +VAT      

Non-Members:  £350  +VAT   

You can download the conference booking form here.


8:30 – Registration opens

9:30 – Welcome by Richard Kauntze, BCO Chief Executive

9:35 – Keynote by Dr Savvas Savouri, Chief Economist Toscafund Asset Management

10:20 – Plenary 1: The data behind creating a world class, healthy city through ‘Living Infrastructure’

             Panel Chair: David Illingworth, London Structures Lab 
             Josh Artus, Centric Lab
             Michael Cowdy, McGregor Coxall                         

11:20  Coffee Break & Networking

11:50 – Plenary 2:  Future Horizons for the design and specification of office buildings

             Panel Chair: Neil Pennell, Landsec
             Andrew Curran, Chief Scientific Advisor, HSE and SAGE participant    
             Clare Danahay, Be Inspired Design
             William Poole-Wilson- Will and Partners
             Peter Stocks, Cundall
             Peter Williams, Stanhope

12:50 – Lunch & Networking

13:50 – Plenary 3: Net Zero Carbon Buildings – Reality or cleverly constructed mirage?

            Chair: Guy Battle, Social Value Portal
            David Richards, Atelier Ten
            Adam Smith, Stanhope 
            Jane Wakiwaka, The Crown Estate 
            John Wright, Director, Stride Treglown

14:50 – Coffee Break & Networking

15:20 – Plenary 4: The Office User of the Future 

            Panel Chair: James Ainsworth, PwC
           Chris Early, Workplace Specialist
           Victoria Caplin Thomas, PwC
           Peter Kerr, Atelier Ten
           Kris Krokosz, Squaredot

16:20 – Closing Address by Robin Brodie Cooper, BCO President

16:30 – Conference ends

18:30 – Dinner at the Grosvenor House


For more information on the Covid measures we will be putting in place, you can download the BCO Covid policy here.