PROGRAMME

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Registration
A light breakfast will be served.
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Chair's opening remarks

Ritula Shah, Journalist, BBC

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Telling the truth about AI: its potential to transform how, why and where we work

Committed to pushing boundaries, Daniel says it’s time for businesses to think straight and talk straight about AI, and to put it front and centre of their business practice. Doing so will transform not just how they work but where they work, presenting a challenge for workspace providers. If they meet it, they’ll be rewarded. If they don’t, they’ll find their futures at risk. Daniel predicts how new technologies will evolve over the next three decades and how they’ll reshape the world of work.

Speaker
CEO
Satalia
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Office real estate market overview

Office real estate has long been viewed as a dependable asset class with predictable returns. Today’s accelerated pace of change brings uncertainty and raises questions about investment, valuation, consolidation and even contraction. How has the market evolved?

Speaker
Director EMEA & UK Corporate Research
JLL
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Morning refreshments & networking
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The Instant workspace market outlook

Converging forces are radically changing where and how we work. Organisations are rethinking office space to inject flexibility, reduce cost and drive enterprise performance. In the UK flex is leading the way with flexible workspace contributing to 35% of commercial property transactions over the past 12 months in London, despite only making up 6% of total office supply. What does this mean for returns and what is next for the sector?

Speakers
Managing Director UK & EMEA
The Instant Group
Head of Marketing
The Instant Group
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From commodity to SAAS (space as a service) - who dares wins

The barriers between the live/work divide are blurring and ushering in a new era of space as a service. It is no longer enough for an office to be simply a piece of real estate; occupiers want facilities and technologies that not only let them do their jobs, but foster wellbeing and a sense of community. In the age where on-demand is king, offices and the services they offer must evolve to take the form of what their occupiers want, when they want them. More than ever, landlords and occupiers need to work together to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to creating offices for the streaming generation.

Speakers
Co-founder
Uncommon
CEO
BizSpace
Head of European Expansion
Knotel
Head of Workplace
Lendlease
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Santander Work Café: creating a vibrant hub for nurturing new business ideas and fostering collaboration

This July, Santander bought its successful concept, the Work Café to Leeds City Centre. First developed in Chile in 2016 and since grown to over 50 Work Cafes globally, the workspace in a previous closed branch, offers free co working spaces, meeting rooms and events to local businesses and entrepreneurs.

Speakers
Head of ATM & Infrastructure Strategy
Santander
Senior Business Manager
Santander
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Lunch & Showcase
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Everything but the office: creating places that respond to urban stressors to maximise human performance

Urban environments can impose significant stresses on workers, depleting their concentration, limiting their ability to tackle complex work and potentially threatening their mental and physical health. Josh’s business Centric Lab look at urban environments through a neuroscience lens to understand the links between people, place and performance. They help designers, place makers and developers dynamically respond to urban challenges and create places that enhance human performance for the workforce of the future.

Speaker
Co-founder
Centric Lab
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What’s the plan for planning: is the intractable planning problem solvable?

The UK planning system is full of quirks that are quite unique to this country – the likes of rights to light and viewing corridors are open to more interpretation than elsewhere in the world. Recently, the City of London Corporation released the country’s first “wind guidelines”. Would a more objective planning system encourage more development and create a more liquid market?

Speakers
UK Head of Development
AXA IM
Director of Planning
Southwark Council
Associate Director
AHMM
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Fireside chat - enhancing profitability through connected buildings

In a connected world tenants want connected buildings that can accommodate advanced technologies with ease. Property businesses want technologies that will make their own processes efficient and sustainable. Both hope technology will improve their interactions.

Speaker
Regional Director
Yardi
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Afternoon refreshments & networking
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The value of flexible workspace: putting a price tag on buildings occupied by serviced offices

Flexible workspace occupies more than 5% of the office market, but there is still no established way of calculating the value of a building containing operators, whether they occupy just a couple of floors or the whole asset. Also an emerging issue where operators set up an SPV and, if the office isn’t performing for them, they can dissolve the company which renders the lease null. Do flexible office providers need to be stabilised as tenants and how can this be done?

Speakers
Managing Partner
FORE Partnerships
Tangible Valuation Associate
RICS
Director
GKRE
Director Asset Management
LaSalle Investment Management
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Head to head: The space time continuum: will more efficient use of office space and automation lead to less demand?

There has been a big shift towards occupiers trying to use their space more efficiently – taking smaller sq ft offices and minimising the space required for desks. The UK government in particular has done a huge reduction in space per employee in recent years. How is this likely to affect the office market in the future, will we actually end up with too much space? Should developers be anticipating this shift in building design?

Speakers
Global Head of Occupier Research
Knight Frank
Principal
Fox&Co Consulting
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Biology inspired office design: learnings from a 3.8 billion year R&D project

Nature has been perfecting resource efficiency, closed-loop design and energy economy for billions of years. It’s time we started learning some of its lessons. Michael will reveal how bio-mimicry can empower us to create effective workspaces that maximise resources, regenerate waste and lower construction and running costs. He’ll challenge us to face the threat of climate change head on, and by creating visionary working environments that rejuvenate the planet and the bottom line.

Speaker
Founder
Exploration Architecture
Conference close & networking drinks reception

Please note: Information correct at time of publishing. Programme and speakers subject to change.