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BDG reshape Sea Container office concept with Future Work installation and research hub

Reconfiguring its highly successful office concept at Sea Containers on London’s South Bank, BDG has sought to define the future of work with a thoughtful response to the key challenges that face the workspace sector.


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Reconfiguring its highly successful office concept at Sea Containers on London’s South Bank, BDG has sought to define the future of work with a thoughtful response to the key challenges that face the workspace sector.

When BDG completed the Sea Containers project in 2017, it became a blueprint for the transformation and repurposing of old buildings, clearly demonstrating how the built environment can have a positive impact on the integration of people, place and purpose. The project went on to win several awards, notably the British Council for Office (BCO) Award for Innovation.

As business leaders are tackling the return to the office, BDG is once again establishing a new workplace paradigm, conceived through a ‘People-First, Future-Focused’ approach. To this end, spaces are defined using data gathered from 150 online interactive workshops, completed over the last 18 months with over 3,000 participants.

Cutting-edge technology played a key role in the scheme. Open plan audio visual solutions, sensor technology and voice activation all play their part in helping improve the user experience and understanding of ‘space as a tool’ for people to deliver their best work. And, going forward, the sensor technology plus QR feedback loops across the space allow for continual development and re-calibration over an extended period of time as the space learns and adapts to user insight.

Mobility and adaptability were other core themes of the workplace reconfiguration to maintain users physical health, coupled with green space to provide better comfort and stimulation for mental health.

‘We’ve long been advocates for intelligent assessment of demand when working with our clients to define their workspace,’ says Chief Creative Officer, Colin Macgadie. ‘What we’re seeing is that ‘quantity’ and ‘quality’ have become equals at the early stages of definition as organisations make a tangible shift to ‘people-first’ decision making.

Our extensive engagement with end users and occupiers globally has provided a huge amount of insight into the expectation that surrounds the workspace of the future and the emphasis on performance and comfort.’

 Green issues in terms of the debate on embodied energy were also addressed within the redesign of the interior. The reconfigured space required zero interior building works and was completed using 98% existing furniture.

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