Competition Brief 2020

Please Note: The BCO NextGen Workplace Competition 2020 is now closed.


What we're looking for

Entrants must be BCO NextGen members. NextGen members are under the age of 35 and enjoy discounted membership, with students able to join for free.

Applicants are welcome to enter the competition individually or as a multidisciplinary team of up to three participants and will need to submit a 500 words summarizing the idea, one main image featuring vision of the post pandemic workplace, one support image with up to 5 diagrams, charts and images explaining the idea and submitter information. We ask that you capture a diverse perspective to find new and innovative solutions to your chosen challenge. 

Entrants are free to choose their own theme related to the current global state, or one of the below:

  • Redefining the purpose of the physical office space: Why work in the office when you can work anywhere? 
  • Shifting work patterns: The rise of working remotely and more flexibly with teams connected via technology.
  • Increased localism: The potential for suburban hubs with blended uses, to support traditional city office locations.
  • Reduced densities of office buildings: Opportunities for alternative uses or sustainable re-use to drive greater utilisation and value. 
  • Designing Inclusively: Intergenerational working, mentorship and work experience opportunities.
  • Increased data tracking, gathering and analysis: To ensure the office is a safe environment to visit.
  • Hygienic and healthy buildings: What they require and the role of new technologies to accelerate this


Entry Requirements

Stage 1 Submission

  1. Written Idea: 500 Words Text

(WHY: What challenge(s) are you addressing? WHAT + WHERE is the physical solution are you proposing?)

    2.  One Main Image: Featuring Vision of Post Pandemic Workplace 

(At A3 .jpg or pdf, presentation quality + digital submission)

    3.  One Supporting Image

(With up to 5 diagrams, charts, images visually explaining idea (At A3 .jpg or pdf, presentation quality + digital submission)

    4.  Submitter Information

Including name(s) of all team members, contact detail(s), and title of vision

Stage 2 Submission

Entrants that have been shortlisted will then present their ideas at 'Pecha Kucha' style event/webinar, with the competition's judging panel announcing a winner at the end.


Judging Criteria

  • Creativity + Innovation 30%
  • Design Quality 30%
  • Brief Response 40%
    • Response to pandemic
    • Diversity + Inclusivity Consideration 
    • Environmental Impact Consideration
    • Deliverable and Scalable


Key Dates

Please take note of the following key dates for your diary:

Competition opens: Thursday 17 September

Entry deadline: 5pm, Thursday 5 November (Extended)

Second stage shortlist revealed: Monday 16 November

Final Stage: 4.30pm, Wednesday 9 December


Why Take Part? 

Given the current climate, we really want to encourage our NextGen community to use this opportunity to drive creativity and focus on the positives of a new working world post-pandemic.

The winning and shortlisted teams will receive access to a series of exciting press opportunities alongside integrating their ideas into the BCO content strands. The shortlisted teams will win the opportunity to present their ideas to industry experts within the BCO community and to lead a BCO webinar presenting their proposed vision.