Design & Specification  

Significant change has occurred in the office industry since the previous editions of the BCO Guide to Specification were published in 2004, 2009 and 2014.  Technological, sociological and environmental changes are reshaping approaches to providing offices, making the traditional ways redundant in many cases.

Today for the majority of businesses, success is driven by enterprise and competing in a knowledge-based economy. Employers need to attract and retain the very best talent available, but most importantly success relies on people working at their best, being engaged and highly productive. In this respect, the workplace is increasingly playing a critical role.  Workplace is less about property as such and more about the value it can derive from enhanced productivity.  The office is the place for bringing people together not only physically but also as an environment that allows people to work at their best in a variety of settings.

We believe that the coming years will see greater demands on the office building to be a high performing workplace. Performance will continue to be concerned with the fundamentals of good design but will also need to take into account operations.  Data will increasingly link the concept of a high performing workforce with that of a high performing building. Occupiers and workers will both benefit from increased building intelligence, which will increase user convenience and management control.

The new BCO Guide to be published in early 2019 will be taking on board the growing realisation that people, productivity and well-being are the principal drivers in the value proposition of creating office space.

Of course there are many different types of organisation and hence a variety of workplace solutions that are appropriate.  There is no “one size fits all” and this is where the latest BCO Guide to Office Specification 2018 will move the agenda forward.  As well as drawing on the significant expertise of the BCO membership, the Guide will draw on extensive, in-depth and evidence-based research from the BCO on cycling, agile working, occupational densities, and the major forthcoming studies into workplace productivity and health & wellness.  

Access the BCO research page and download reports to read more on the future of office. Watch this space for the 2018 issue of the BCO Guide. Become a member, join the debate and help to shape the future of the industry