With London Fashion Week just round the corner, we thought it was about time to introduce the trends we think will be big surrounding office space in London for Spring/Summer 2014…
1. Groundscrapers are the new skyscrapers
On the catwalk, navy is the new black; accordingly, in the world of offices, groundscrapers could be set to replace skyscrapers as the architectural statement du jour.
With the Shard still mostly empty, the Pinnacle on pause and most recently, news that the Walkie-Talkie’s highly reflective surface is melting cars parked nearby, it looks like more and more developers will be looking to the example of Google’s forthcoming HQ at King’s Cross.
2. Midtown on the up?
Midtown might be a huge area but thanks to a series of big developments, office space in London’s Midtown might finally be getting the attention it deserves.
Google’s planned HQ has raised the profile of King’s Cross, just as Amazon’s move to Sixty London is doing for Holborn. Meanwhile, development work at Euston, particularly in conjunction with high-speed rail link HS2, is also helping to stimulate interest around office space in London, Midtown.
With rents across much of Midtown still significantly lower than across the West End, and the chance to join the likes of Google and Amazon, it could be the office location of choice for a growing number of businesses.
3. Shoreditch style still strong
Despite the detractors, the buzz around Tech City in Shoreditch is still going strong. Here, office space in London is more highly sought after than ever, but there’s also a greater variety of space on offer; from private offices to incubator space and tech friendly co-working options.
4. Co-working – the new way to work
…Speaking of which – it’s never been cooler to co-work. This trend might have started with the tech-set, but it’s soon caught the imagination of a wider community of workers from entrepreneurs to fashionistas.
Leading fashion designers like Holly Fulton and Lou Dalton are doing it at The Trampery’s Hackney site. Meanwhile over in Euston, commuting CEOs and entrepreneurs are making use of club lounge facilities. Angel, Islington, which is achingly on-trend right now, is where you will find some of the most fashion-forward co-working spaces in the city.
5. Designer office space in London on the up
As the style capital of the UK, design has always been high on the London agenda. However, we’ve recently noticed increasingly high presentation standards amongst office space in London. It’s the new way to catch would-be tenants’ attention – and it’s just as important among serviced office options (see image top) as in conventional office space.
In particular, office space in London is getting quirkier – we’re intrigued to see how far this trend could go.
What other office trends have you spotted in London? Share your ideas with us in the comments.