If the focus is on gathering places rather than areas for quiet work, staff can think their privacy is compromised, especially if their work requires focus and a great deal of concentration. It’s about creating spaces that provide a diversity of impact. This was reiterated by Ann Marie, who said: ‘As professionals, we have a duty of care to design places that are not just going to inspire people but are healthy, thought-provoking, and create habits and routines.’
On the role of manufacturers within the design process, Joe Cilia emphasised the importance of talking to manufacturers, saying: ‘If you’ve got an idea, no matter how odd it feels, talk to the manufacturers. That’s how products are developed.’
Moving forward, there was agreement about the need to design for maintainability, adaptability and flexibility. ‘Ultimately the way we design buildings has to fundamentally reflect what the driver is from people,’ concluded Ant.