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JLL survey predicts 30 per cent of office space will be flexible by 2030

Paul Stevens Uploaded 16 July 2020 Worldwide: Commercial real estate services company JLL has published the findings from its Occupancy Benchmarking Survey, which predicts that 30 per cent of office space will be flexible by 2030.

The study, which surveyed 3000 employees, highlighted that while workers are keen to continue working in offices after the Covid-19 pandemic, they would also like to have more freedom over where they work, including having the option to work from home for one or two days a week.

Furthermore, it found that two thirds of industry leaders in global real estate are beginning to implement workplace mobility programmes, which would allow staff to work in more flexible locations.

Ben Munn, global flexible space lead for JLL, told Property Week: "As organisations look to adapt to the 'next normal' where de-densification of main office space will need to occur, we anticipate a move towards a 'hubs and clubs' model that provides office locations closer to where people live.

"These distributed locations, or 'clubs', are likely to lean heavily on flexible space arrangements," he added.

Alex Colpaert, head of office research, EMEA, JLL, concurred by saying: "We expect to see a fundamental shift in the way office space is consumed. Pre-built spaces, agile design, technology integration, flexible lease terms and hospitality services will become the norm and continue to transform commercial real estate from a commodity to a consumer product.”

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