Co-working spaces: the new WFH

AGC BTR discuss why working from home should be prioritised in amenity areas of Build to Rent developments.

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Communal space at Vertus' Build to Rent development. AGC BTR discuss why working from home should be prioritised in amenity areas.

Working from home should be prioritised in amenity areas of Build to Rent developments, say AGC BTR. Co-working spaces are already an essential offering, and they will continue to be.

By AGC BTR

Getting social

With a more flexible, remote working culture now here to stay, many residents are finding that having a desk in their home is just not enough.

Many residents want a change of scenery if they’re working from home often, so having the opportunity to work in the same building but within a different environment is hugely beneficial. Importantly, it will help residents establish a social network too, something they may be missing when not in the office. This is why a Build to Rent development’s co-working space is already, and will continue to be, an essential offering.

Work/Life barrier please

Co-working spaces within residential buildings are becoming increasingly in demand. Build to Rent has been in the lead when it comes to accepting the fusion of all amenities in one building, blending work and life into one. More and more people are looking for 100% remote working jobs, after completely fitting their life into a ‘locked down’ world and realising there is no need to be stuck on sardine-like trains every day. Despite this preference, people are still looking for a work/life barrier in their home. Co-working spaces in residential buildings allow for people to be able to wind down and detach after work, whilst traveling less than five minutes to ‘the office!’

Stats don’t lie

Designers creating amenity spaces are now more flexible in their approach, with these shared areas becoming more fluid to adapt to changing resident requirements. Allowing for a switch in day and night use is also an easy way of increasing the work from home space for residents. A daytime office space that becomes an area to drink, eat and socialise in the evening means that tenants have everything they need.

 “In February 2022, the most common hybrid working pattern that workers planned to use was working mostly from home, and sometimes from their usual place of work. 42% reported this, which is an increase from 30% in April 2021. Since then, the proportion of hybrid workers has risen from 13% in early February 2022 to 24% in May 2022.”

Source: Office for National Statistics

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At AGC BTR, we love to keep on top of the latest design trends in Build to Rent developments, and our futuristic approach means that we are always ahead of the curve. To discuss your Build to Rent development, get in touch with the AGC BTR team at BTR@agofc.com or call +44 (0)20 3651 3325.