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WRK/LDN: office revolution? Deadline TODAY

We are looking for exemplar projects that push the bar of office design and advance workspaces contributing to London’s post-pandemic recovery. 
Projects will demonstrate flexibility and adaptability to changing needs, design approaches that promote wellbeing and sociability, response to an evolving urban context, use of digital technologies to support physical spaces, and design strategies that tackle the climate emergency. We’re looking for a variety of projects, at different scales and of different typology.
Eligible projects fall in the following categories: 
–    Offices
–    Fit outs
–    Co-working
–    Mixed use (at least 50% workspace) 
–    Workplace strategies (office district / area strategy)
–    Amenities: facilities or events that will support the future health and wellbeing of employees 
–    Spaces: indoor/outdoor, urban/domestic, private/public; a space or building; the office of the future
–    Policies: policies or cross-sector partnerships that can improve our working conditions  
–    Transportation: the future of the commute and its urban implications 
–    International: global case studies with lessons for London
–    Products
–    New products, objects, materials and technologies. From an innovative desk to a writable wall, what products will change the way we work?
The project showcase will be part of a new report that examines the recent evolution of workplaces in London. From the immediate post-covid physical and behavioural changes in the office to the wider and longer-term urban transformations, what will be the future of the workplace?  
The report will be accompanied by the project showcase containing the best examples of new and upcoming office projects in the capital, together with innovative ideas for the office of the future, providing a snapshot of London’s world leading ambitions in the recovery of our urban centres. 


— Projects can be at all stages of delivery from design to planning, to under construction or completed.
— If completed, projects should have reached practical completion within the last 2 years (January 2019) 
— Projects need to be in any of the 33 London Boroughs, except international ideas
— Submitters must secure appropriate permissions from the client prior to submission 
— There is no limit to the number of submissions from any one company, however the submitter is encouraged to consult with other team members to avoid duplicate submissions
Entrants agree that NLA are granted non-exclusive reproduction rights to all successful submissions for NLA’s advertising, promotion, publication and internet purposes directly related to the NLA Work programme. Entrants must have permission from the photographer for the reproduction of all imagery for use relating to these purposes 
Payment will only be required for submissions successfully selected for inclusion. Within six weeks of the closing date, NLA will confirm whether your submission has been selected for inclusion in the publication. On confirmation that your submission has been selected, NLA will invite you to make the payments by invoice, issued to New London Architecture Ltd. Payment terms are strictly 14 days from invoice date 
NLA Partners, charities and not-for-profit organisations are entitled to submit projects for free 
Selected projects will feature in the WRK/LDN: office revolution? digital publication, while all submission will stay in the NLA permanent directory
You can choose to submit either Projects, Ideas or Products. You can then choose if you want this to be a Showcase or Case Study submission. After the selection process, only selected entries will be charged the submission fee.  


Enter using the online forms:
— Projects submissions
— Ideas submissions
— Products submissions
1 – If your company is a member, be sure you are attached to the company team to make use of the Business Member discount, see how here.
2 – List your project
As part of our new online project directory, the first step is to list the basic information of your project. This can then be automatically applied for all future submissions.
3 – Submit research relevant information
Using your listed project, supply additional information as required for this study. Fields include additional description and a selection of images.


Submissions are ONLY charged if selected for inclusion as part of the report
If your company is a member, be sure you are attached to the company team to make use of the Business Member discount, see how here.
Showcase Submissions
A brief overview of the submission and key image, for a half page section in the report and listed in connection to the research in our permanent online directory (except Ideas and Products).
     Partner members – Free
     Standard business members – £249+VAT
     Full price (non-members) – £295+VAT
Case Study Submissions
A full-page in the report allowing for a full description of the submission, additional information in relation to innovative workplace design strategies, supporting quote, alongside additional imagery, and listed in connection to the research in our permanent online directory (except Ideas and Products).
     Work Programme Champions – 2 free case studies 
     Work Programme Supporters – 1 free case study
     Other Programme Champions – £1,215+VAT 
     Partner members – £1,350+VAT
     Standard business members – £1,575+VAT
     Full price (non-members) – £1,750+VAT
Additional Case Study projects thereafter
     Partner members – £500+VAT
     Standard business members – £750+VAT
     Full price (non-members) – £900+VAT


Until recently, appetite was booming for commercial development land in central London. Keen interest from both UK and overseas parties was driving pricing upwards, but the Covid-19 pandemic and a subsequent recession have put the brakes on this trend. In the age of coronavirus and social distancing, working from home became a reality for almost everyone in London, transforming the way we produce, consume and live in the capital. 
Yet for many years it had been predicted that the future working environment would be driven by the employee’s choice to achieve better balance and well-being in their working lives. Arguably, the pandemic has just accelerated the evolution in workspace design that would have occurred over the next few years. 
So, what will the workplace of the future look like? What are the current occupier and employee needs in the midst of the covid disruption? What physical and behavioural changes have transformed the office as we know it? How is this also transforming urban spaces and city life? What will be the intermediate and long-term revolutions to the workplace? 
Building up on WRK/LDN, this research paper will look at how workspaces across London have evolved adjusting to the pandemic and will assess how they will need to adapt for the future. This will include a review of commercial space standards over recent history and proposal on how they may change for the future. The format will consist of a leading essay, a series of viewpoints from experts, a selection of key ideas for the future and a showcase of solutions to the post-covid workplace. 
Research aim
— To provide an overview of the evolution of workplaces in London in the last 20 years and recount the disruption accelerated by COVID-19. 
— To provide a snapshot of where London currently is in responding to the covid-related alternations to the workplace and city life. 
— To analyse the contributions of different actors in the built environment sector in defining and implementing changes towards the reactivation of the workplaces and the recovery of central London. 
— To document the opportunities these challenging times have presented and introduce the call for ideas for the future evolution of the workplace. 
Research questions
— Recent history: How have workplaces changed in London in the last 20-30 years? From the Big Bang to the emergence of co-working spaces (sharing economy / tech giants), what are the key moments that have transformed the office? How big an impact is covid compared to other moments? 
— Changes: What new working patterns, both physical and behavioural, have emerged from the covid disruption? Which ones may be temporary and which ones might have a long-lasting effect? 
— How will new ‘working from home’ habits transform the traditional office? Are office space standards still relevant? And conversely, will the home need to adapt to more established ‘wfh’ days? 
— What are / will be the new employee demands and who will cover them? How will this affect the design of workplaces and the urban spaces around them? 
— New normal: How will new attitudes towards work transform travel patterns and commuting? Will the 9-to-5, Monday to Friday, workweek disappear and how will that affect the city? 
— How much office space will London need in the future and what will determine this? Will localised workplaces change the inner/outer London balance? What will happen to the CAZ?
— International comparison: How other countries dealt with adjusting? Particularly cities ahead of the curve in the covid
— Virtual and physical office: the retail revolution (the experiential, the brand digital presence related to the brick and mortar), will this happen to the workplace? 
— Flexible fit outs: Reuse, adaptation, flexibility. Which sectors are going to adapt differently? 




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