Responding to the disruptions of coronavirus and lockdown’s effect on work culture, Design District director Helen Arvanitakis argues that many businesses may not be able to return to the status quo of full-time office leasing when restrictions are lifted – and others might not need to.
To accommodate such businesses, London Design District is pioneering a new approach to leasing space in line with the now-proven viability of flexible working, and the growing demand for a new relationship with office spaces and landlords. Alongside its full-time studio and whole-building rental options, the creative quarter is proposing to introduce an innovative new leasing model, built on flexibility.
From the beginning of the project, the Design District team knew that if they were going to develop a purpose-built workplace for the creative industries, it would need to be responsive to the particular needs of the sector. This inherent flexibility has enabled the project to adapt quickly to the demands of our new post-Covid reality.
Aiming to make everything as convenient and flexible as possible, the Design District has developed an innovative new leasing concept: ‘the On/Off office’. This gives tenants options to rent office space for one to three days a week, with the benefit of an ‘active’ landlord on call to respond quickly with assistance and advice. ‘On’ when you need it; ‘off’ when you don’t.