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25 Years of the BCO – Executive Summary

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The BCO commissioned Savills and Arcadis to answer this and to consider the role the BCO has played in driving, facilitating or supporting changes in the office.

The full report is clustered around five broad themes:

• design, fit-out, technology and the worker

• performance and sustainability

• specification and construction

• planning, design and place

• the office as an asset.

Over the past 25 years, the focus of the office has shifted to how it works best for people and organisations. Offices have contributed to the sustainability agenda, placemaking and the BCO Guide to Specification has become the document that sets the standards for office development across the UK.

In 1990/91 the British Council for Offices was established, in 1992 the BCO Awards were created and in 1994 the first BCO Guide was published. How has the office changed over the last 25 years?