JOINT WINNERS: Futurework & Scattered Space

  • Chris Radley, Fletcher Priest Architects
  • Sam Ki, Fletcher Priest Architects
  • Benjamin Koslowski, Fletcher Priest Architects

 Theme: A network of connected places where people work

Responding to the rapid shift in how people work following the pandemic, this concept revolves around a network of connected spaces that allow people to choose where to work. They can work closer to home and high street shops, become co-working spaces or satellite offices, where colleagues can meet and enjoy the company of others. This can support local businesses and help high street shops and cafés thrive, but with people still gravitating to city centers to interact on a larger scale. Workplaces become destinations for teamwork, building communities, collaborating, and sharing ideas. The submission includes thought on building smartly and efficiently, reworking and extending existing buildings and limiting carbon impact, as well as the positive impact on environment and health.

Scattered Space
  • Gina Colley, Threesixty Architecture

Theme: Increased Localism

ScatteredSpace proposes a vision for workplaces in 2025. Using the ScatteredSpace model, businesses will build an agile network of premises to best serve their employees' lifestyles. Employees tend to cluster in peripheral towns and neighbourhoods to the city. Businesses will retain a central Hive connected to several high street Hubs. The Hubs offer a local, private, secure workspace within vacant retail units; the missing link between working from home and the city centre office. Businesses will have the flexibility to relocate Hubs in response to employee cluster fluctuations. The proposal considers important aspects involving equality, simple and adaptable fit-outs, the rebalancing of retail and commercial buildings within cities and town centres, the viability of the idea, as well as its sustainability.



RUNNERS UP: A Day to Night Outfit, The BCO Home Office and The High Street Hub

A Day to Night Outfit
  • Lucy Sutcliffe, Arup
  • Iona Norton, Arup

Theme: Integration of the office into the community to fulfill a social need

The team propose that the "ideal" office of the future would be designed to optimise office space for both day and night use and support the reduction of homelessness. The sudden exodus of office workers from London's centre has made the contrast in the city stark: areas of sparsely occupied glass buildings, and a sudden recharge of activity in residential areas. Even before a global pandemic, offices stood empty for a large proportion of the time – between tenancies, on the weekends, and, importantly - overnight. These spaces can be serviced without anyone feeling the benefit, whilst at the same time London has many countless people sleeping on the streets in threatening conditions. The concept considers the sustainability of the design, the strategies that would need to be adapted for this new model, the fit-out and how to make a time-shared tenancy work.

The BCO Home Office
  • Duncan Bell, Buro Happold
  • Katerina Anagnostopoulou Politou, HLW International
  • Ilina Kroushovski, Turner & Townsend

Theme: Redefining the purpose of the physical office space/Shifting work patterns

  • With an eye to the future, the team believe certain interventions could be made to make working from a home a sustainable decision post-pandemic. Hence, they seek to question how the role of the BCO in the design of workspaces could be adjusted for this new environment. Envisioning the BCO at the forefront of standard setting for the new work life environment, the team anticipate a hypothetical BCO Home Office Guide and Specifications to play a leading role in the definition of home offices. The intention is to lay out a toolkit that companies could roll out to employees working from home, establishing a base level of equality amongst employees, determining three new home office typologies that help to redistribute how space is allocated for different functions, with a focus towards more collaborative workspaces, interactive presentation suites and meeting space.
The High Street Hub
  • Tyler Holdcroft, Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt
  • Kate van der Driessche, Argent
  • Scarlett Franklin, XCO2

Theme: Town-Centric Reuse and Regeneration

In response to the current global state, the team’s vision of town-centric is focused on two outcomes of the pandemic: the increase in home-working and the economic effect of Covid-19 on an already struggling town-centre retail sector. The High Street Hub is a response to traditional co-working spaces and develops this model through offering locally positioned workspaces with a focus on community regeneration, strategic reuse and retrofit. With less focus on desking and more on adaptable social and practical spaces, these new offices can provide added value to the high street. The different uses within are envisioned as a 'kit of parts' which can be tailored to the area, providing flexible interventions to repurpose existing buildings and rejuvenate high streets across the country.