The British Council for Offices has appointed Rob Harris as the new chairman of its Research Committee.

Rob is principal of Ramidus Consulting Limited. He has over 30 years experience within the property sector. He works with property investors, developers, advisors and policy makers; and he advises corporate occupiers by preparing corporate workplace strategies. Prior to setting up Ramidus, Rob worked for Interior Services Group, Stanhope Properties, Hillier Parker (now CBRE), Debenham Tewson & Chinnocks (now DTZ) and DEGW.

Rob established Ramidus Consulting Limited in 2003 as a specialist built environment research and advisory business. Rob’s research experience has involved projects throughout the property process, from design, to development, to investment, to occupation. His particular interest is in market demand research where he has completed numerous innovative projects. He works closely with investors, developers and policy makers, advising on market trends, occupier needs, investment opportunities, building specification and benchmarking.

​Rob also works with private and public sector occupiers on their workplace strategies. He has a wealth of experience in briefing and preparing business cases, and in helping clients align their operational agendas with more efficient and more effective workplaces.

​Rob writes and presents widely, having published two books, many articles and a variety of industry reports for the BCO, Corporation of London, GLA, IPF and RICS among others. Having been an active BCO member since its inception, Rob has also written a number of its research reports, including the Occupier Density Study which feeds into the Guide to Specification. Rob will now lead the BCO research committee over the next period as it addresses a rapidly changing market and the longer term impacts of the Covid crisis.

BCO funds its research entirely through membership fees, so Rob is keen to build awareness of its work. Rob said: “The BCO produces research to provide new insights and promote best practice throughout the commercial property industry, so I’m looking forward to working with the committee to deliver this to the membership and wider audience.”

Rob Harris has recently published a book that will surely become a classic of its type: ‘London’s Global Office Economy: from Clerical Factory to Digital Hub’.

Earlier this year, Rob participated in an online discussion with NLA titled ‘All you need to know about offices.’ Here’s what he had to say:

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