2021 Conference Agenda

Join us this 1 October for a day of content brought to you by Property Week and AV Magazine and expertly curated in close collaboration with our partners and advisory boards.

We start the day with joint plenary sessions covering both conference streams, with topics and themes universal to both industries before splitting the agenda for a deep dive into each industry as well as the chance to join several roundtables. In the afternoon we'll once again join to wrap things up and summarise the day.

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Chairs opening remarks
Group Editor
AV Magazine and Electronics Weekly
Founder and Director
Streets Consulting
"Hybrid" is not an answer
Ask most companies what their policy on the office or flexible work is now and they'll tell you they're going for a 'hybrid' approach. It sounds good. Sophisticated. And the theory is simple. But it hides a huge amount of complexity in practice, particularly as society and working culture continue to evolve. Applied futurist Tom Cheesewright highlights the critical factors for success in a hybrid future. What does it mean for the workspace? And what does it mean for landlords and tenants?
Applied Futurist
Book of the Future
Rebuilding from Scratch - Recreating Workplace Culture Fit For the Future

Bruce will cover the vital part that the office will take in shaping breakthrough cultures for companies. While we all recognise that our relationship with the office is going to have evolved from before, our workplace is a place of congregation and Bruce will present a framework for us to understand the functions of the office and how we can maximise this for competitive advantage.

Ex Twitter VP, now workplace culture enthusiast
Decision making criteria as we transition from reactive pandemic-management to long term flexibility.

Three different businesses compare the workplace data they are working with and the outcomes they are planning for.

Presentation One: Back to the Office:

Many occupiers want to get back into an office, but their requirements have fundamentally changed. Paul draws on Derwent’s experiences in the last year to discuss how the war for talent will be won/how the flight to quality will work in practice

Hosted by: Paul Williams, CEO, Derwent

Presentation Two: Long term hybrid working

Creating an ideal balance between staff wellbeing and empowerment, and efficiency for the NHS Providing inspiring workspaces to support our NHS colleagues and enabling smarter working is balanced with maximising property efficiencies and cost saving opportunities around the NHS office estate. This is linked to the changing requirements for space, with new ways of working and the systematic changes in the NHS. Kate delivers a keynote focussing on the trends in this area and the NHS Property Services contribution to estate planning in the NHS.

Hosted by: Kate Richardson, Head of National Office Programme, NHS

Presentation Three: Creating cohesiveness and retaining culture in a flexible working environment

Managing all property and facilities at ASOS and now reporting to the Chief People Office, Emma’s priority is creating a destination workplace that retains much-valued company culture. With a diverse range of staff and activity within the ASOS operation, the business-case for working location differs substantially. Emma will explain the objectives and data that form the basis of her plans, and Mark Ferguson will elaborate on the types of technology that can enable better workspace experience for employees at ASOS and beyond.

Hosted by: Emma Lurie, Head of Workspace, ASOS & Mark Ferguson, Workspace Transformation Lead, Aura Futures

Head of National Office Programme
Head of Workspace
Director of Workspace Consulting and Transformation
Aura Futures

One Event, Double the Opportunity

Following the morning's joint sessions, the two agendas will split to focus on specific themes and topics. Registrants for WorkSpace also gain free access to the AV Works conference agenda, so feel free to dip in and out of sessions based on the themes that appeal to you.

Workspace Conference

Evolving for growth within a changing investment landscape: Current forces exerted on the property market
  • What is currently driving the investment landscape?
  • How would an extended period of M&A affect the property market?
  • The role of Net Carbon Zero targets in investment decision making
  • How are investors identifying robust opportunities now? Clusters, flexible design, sustainability criteria.
  • The response of the property development sector and the ultimate impact on the options occupiers have

Moderated by: Julia Streets, Founder and Director, Streets Consulting 

Office and Investment Lead
Planning and Transportation Chair
City of London
Real Estate Director
Head of Fund Management
IPUT Real Estate Dublin
The implications of the Future of Flex report: Key learnings and their implementation

Hosted by: Earle Arney, AFK & Jeremy Myerson, Director, Worktech Academy

Panel: Shared workspace as part of the hybrid working environment
  • Analysis of the economic costs and benefits of shared space for occupiers and for property developers
  • The practicalities of employees acting as consumers of commodified office-space
  • Satellite locations and the efficiencies they might provide
  • Clusters and adjacencies, opportunity for collaboration as shared space evolves and specializes

Moderated by: Julia Streets, Founder and Director, Streets Consulting

Chief Executive Officer
Regional Director
Co-Founder and CEO
TOG The Office Group
Founding Partner
Wellness as a structural requirement of your space: Is it really worth it?

Through the lens of economic viability and business benefit, the panelists share their views on the wellness opportunities presented by the flight to quality.

  • Where are the greatest potential overlaps between creating environmentally friendly buildings, and building that prioritise employee wellness?
  • Green space for air quality, culture, desirability, and biodiversity
  • Using your office’s ‘public realm’ to its greatest potential: Community, the active commute, gyms, social and casual meeting space
  • De-densification and looking carefully at stacking, grouping, and amenities to make employees feel good • Designing your office to prevent unconscious bias and support diversity

Moderated by: Julia Streets, Founder and Director, Streets Consulting

Senior Vice President EMEA
International WELL Building Institute
Director of Strategy and Story
Rockwell Group
Bruntwood Works

AV Works Conference

The potential wins from architecturally-integrated AV: A briefing

How to design and create a building that enhances community, decision-making and employees sense of their own value. Andrew uses recent examples, data and experience to explain the way technology installation can revolutionize the workplace

Director of Strategy and Story
Rockwell Group
The CIO's perspective on the future use and design of buildings.

Magnus applies his years of expertise to the way technology will operate in future workplaces, not as distinct and siloed IT, AV, or corporate services but as a holistic system which will need careful design and senior level input at the outset.

  • Assume technology will be delivered "as a service"
  • Internet access will be like providing wireless electricity which will impact the need for fit outs and bespoke cabling
  • Buildings are no longer a place for doing your email; what are they instead?
  • Hybrid interactions will have interestingly different acoustic requirements
  • Flexibility of layouts will be essential with low cost of change
  • Booking spaces, equipment, services will need to be as easy as booking a colleague's calendar...building management systems will need to integrate
CIO Advisor
Panel: Technology’s role in employees’ experience of their work environment
  • How can the latest tech and design bring choice to the workplace?
  • Business function, people and process: Creating an assessment and delivery system that ensures the tech is always fit for purpose
  • Untethering person from desk: Mobility, agility and connectivity
  • Connection between people and place: What role does workplace technology play? Not just in the call/conference but in the career

Moderated by: Clive Couldwell, Group Editor, AV Magazine

AV Designer and Strategist
Octavius RE
Owner and Project Manager
Beyond Workplace Consulting
Interview: Cross-sector inspiration: The seismic shift in technology usage in university teaching and community, and how you can apply it to the work-place

Caroline reveals the technology and innovation that has allowed the fascinating and rapid evolution of the university experience.

Understanding how Caroline meets the demands of the lecture-hall and delivering an immersive, high-quality interaction for a paying audience of students will help you push the boundaries as you create equality of experience in the hybrid office environment.

- Cameras that follow the speaker – why, how and to what degree of success?

- Using AV over IP to maximise flexibility

- Co-Pilots in an online lecture – how might the technique work in a commercial setting?

- Av technology to bring back a sense of community – what has worked and what hasn’t?

- Medium and long-term strategy: What goes and what stays in a post-pandemic university environment?

Technology Delivery Manager
Imperial College London
AV Designer and Strategist
Octavius RE
Roundtable discussions and networking:

1. Flexible space: How to get it and what to do with it

Discovering what flexibility means for your employees. Occupier-led

Kate Richardson, Head of National Office Programme, NHS

2. Designing flexible new-builds: Investor -led discussion on the credentials they are looking for

Michael Kovac, Founding Partner, Castleforge

3. Developing properties that foster community and collaboration

4. What does collaboration mean post-Covid?

Vince Simpson, CEO, Project Management Consultant

5. Creating equality of experience in hybrid working environments

Amy Turney, Founder + CEO, Beyond Workplace Consulting

6. Using technology to drive business forward – getting a seat at the board table

Helen Causer, Office and Investment Lead King’s Cross, Argent

Keynote Panel: Meeting your environmental objectives
  • What is an environmentally friendly office space? Definition and metrics for investors, for government and for employees
  • Building management systems to allow efficiency
  • Achieving Net Carbon Zero: The major obstacles and their solutions
  • Visibility and environmental credibility in the construction industry
Creating a diverse and inclusive office space: Factors that must be considered
  • Design-phase considerations that you may have overlooked
  • Working towards an work-environment that caters equally to employees regardless of gender
  • Creating amenities and outdoor space that allow the workforce to thrive.
Head of Workplace and Portfolio Strategy
Presentation: Infrastructure and planning that supports long term improvements in the commercial and working environment.
Planning and Transportation Chair
City of London
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