BCO Scotland Research Launch: The Future of Business Parks

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You are cordially invited to join us for the Scotland launch of the recent BCO Research paper “The Future of Business Parks”.

Start Date / Time 25 Sep 2019 17:30
End Date / Time 25 Sep 2019 20:00
Venue Exchange Tower, 11th floor, 19 Canning Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8EH
Category BCO Research & Policy
National No
Region Scotland
Type Seminar
Available to Non Members Yes


Business parks were a highly favoured investment sector in the 1980s and 1990s. However, in recent years they have fallen out of favour with investors and to some degree with occupiers too. This has been fuelled to some extent by a movement back to central city locations by both occupiers and residents. Consequently, the future of business parks is looking more challenged, with many starting to suffer from obsolescence.

It is within this context that the BCO research paper asks the question what is the future of business parks? It sets out four observable future typologies that will continue to emerge as the business parks evolve. Using global and UK case study trends, this research report identifies the drivers behind emerging trends. It explores the potential cost of transformation and the actions necessary to take advantage of market evolution within the business park, and how it is relevant to central city businesses.

Following the research presentation, Tony Hordon, Managing Director of Parabola will discuss the journey so far and vision for Edinburgh Park, a new urban quarter that is set to not only become an exciting place to live and work, but also a cultural destination and creative campus for Edinburgh.

Refreshments will be provided after the presentation, along with the chance to network with fellow members and industry peers.

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17.30 Registration

18.00 Introduction from Bill Ritchie, BCO Scotland Committee Chair

18.05 Future of Business Parks presentation: Peter Baird, Perkins+Will

18.30 Edinburgh Park presentation: Tony Hordon, Parabola

19.00 Discussion and Q&A with

  • Bill Ritchie, Atelier Ten
  • Peter Baird, Perkins+Will
  • Tony Hordon, Parabola
  • Rob Burborough, 3PM

19.20 Refreshments and networking

20.00 Event close



Report Authors

Perkins + Will