Building Resilient Workspaces conference
Since 2016, Future of London’s Workspace that Works initiative has brought together cross-sector organisations through field trips, networking events, a collaborative research forum and a major report to share best practice in promoting SME workspace throughout the city. As these flexible spaces play a greater role in economic development strategies, councils are seeking an affordable and inclusive offer to maximise local community benefit.
Throughout this work Future of London has connected property owners, policymakers, developers, designers and operators at varying scales to explore the key issues and more than 100 cross-sector practitioners attended the half-day conference in 2018 to explore inclusion, accreditation and the future of workspace.
FoL continues to lead the way in 2019/20 – this time, the conference focus was on building resilience workspaces and managing tensions. Workspace and co-working in particular remain an important part of London’s landscape, contributing both economic and social value. Success relies on working collaboratively to understand and respond to local need, but with London’s largest commercial landlord now in the media spotlight, questions about market saturation and the future role of workspace are being asked.
Building resilient workspaces conference
Our half-day conference in January 2020 explored the state of the market, the social and economic value of workspaces, the implications of the GLA’s pilot accreditation scheme and, most importantly, how we can deliver resilient workspaces that work for London’s future. Read the event write-up.
Providing community services, space and connections is getting tougher. Historically the domain of churches and temples and technically a council responsibility, this key element of local support relies on vulnerable funding – and lots of good will. Local trusts have been delivering that support for decades, and it may be time for them to play a bigger role.