Smart phone, smart house, smart office?


Is office space finally catching up with technology?

How much is your office space doing for you? This is a question that seems to be relatively new for employers, but very much important for millennials. Considering millennials will account for 50% of the workforce in 2020, it's this "personal benefits" mindset that expects seamless transitions, from buying the weekly shop with a single click to booking a full package holiday on your phone, but what are we doing to ensure our office environment is seamless?

Companies like WeWork haven't seen a 200% rise in headcount over the last 2 years for no reason! They operate flexible working systems that corporations can join to allow their employees to have flexible spaces around the globe, they work with the likes of Salesforce, Microsoft, GE and NASDAQ. The companies can use anything from 20 to 4,000 desks at any one time allowing people to facilitate meetings in any country.

smartofficeAs the flexible sub-market of office space is gathering momentum, we're seeing larger organisations needing external help to facilitate staff's needs. 'Smart buildings' are becoming more common by the day, but what does that mean?

A smart building is any structure that uses automated processes to automatically control the building's operations including heating, ventilation, air conditioning, lighting, security and other systems. A smart building uses sensors, actuators and microchips, in order to collect data and manage it according to a business' functions and services. This infrastructure helps owners, operators and facility managers improve asset reliability and performance, which reduces energy use, optimizes how space is used and minimizes the environmental impact of buildings.

These SMART buildings are a helping hand not a solution, the buildings still need to be managed, the simply help streamline the process for facility managers and owners of the building.


How far can SMART buildings go?

We have seen buildings' technology improve immensely, with monitors to track people's desk activity to use the space as effectively as possible, it's only a matter of time until SMART buildings start effecting workplace strategists more and more in the chase for reducing cost and space and maximising employee efficiency.

 GeorgeI joined Mattinson Partnership in December 2017. Prior to that, I worked for a Property Specialist Recruitment firm, primarily focussing on Property Management. My background and education revolving around coaching gives me a unique consultative style of recruitment. Outside of work I can be found in 3 places; the rugby pitch, the gym or anywhere that sells good food!

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Royal Town Planning Institute.

The RTPI represents planning professionals in the UK and Ireland and aims to encourage the development of vibrant and prosperous places and communities. Our Senior Consultant Freddie enthusiastically attends the annual Planning Convention, and we host several events throughout the year to show our support, including drinks networking and a literal pub quiz. We also keep in close contact with our friends down under, at the Planning Institute Australia and New Zealand Planning Institute. In addition, we sponsor the London Planning Summit, an event designed to address the biggest challenges facing the industry. This is our opportunity to stay on top of the latest changes in town planning by meeting with other key professionals in the sector, while celebrating our achievements.

Land Securities Group Plc.

One of our clients, LandSec, are the clever people behind Girls Can Do It Too, an initiative designed to encourage girls to consider a career in construction. Currently, only 11% of the construction workforce are female, and LandSec are attempting to increase this number by providing education and engagement projects and workshops for girls aged 11-13. Featuring workshops on demolition and tower building, as well as challenging the girls to design a planning project of their own (with a focus on budgeting and environmental considerations), LandSec have proven their dedication to addressing the need for diversity in this very male dominated industry. Ruth assists the project by sharing her fascinating insights into the industry and is even on the project judging panel!

Urban Land Institute.

In partnership with Urban Land Institute we are able to play an imperative role in creating a larger and more diverse pool of candidates within the planning & property professions. Working in schools we take part in the Urban Plan Educational workshops programme, which has now reached more than 2,500 pupils in 100 schools since its launch. Alongside more than 200 industry volunteers engaged across the country, we provide invaluable industry & careers advice to students while guiding them through their workshops and helping judge their presentations.

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