Having been operating within the industry for over 30 years, we've seen many things change when carrying out our office design in Southwark. Whether it's trends that continue to go on the 'up' or those that go on a complete opposite trajectory and are never seen again.
One of the relatively recent up trends of the last 20 years-or-so has been that of open plan design. With workstations shared by employees, open plan is seen as the best way for workers to communicate and collaborate on projects, building up rapport and friendships, which help the work (and their experience of it) in the long run. With shared desks and tech, open design is seen as cost-effective too – but does that, in turn, create an overcrowded room that will prove unproductive?