Technology changing how offices are built

January 8th, 2013 Category: Building Management

Nobody can fail to have at least noticed the technological revolution that has occurred in the last few years – even those who have chosen not to embrace it.

In the last few years, the emergence of smartphones and tablets has enabled us to have instant access to the internet anywhere and everywhere – and at all times. People now expect round-the-clock connectivity, so they can access their Twitter page or check their emails even when they're abroad on holiday.

Of course, the fact people now have so much computing power in their pocket has had an impact on the way they work. Many employees bring their own device to the office and lots of bosses now actively encourage their staff to adopt this method, and the development of cloud computing has made the option of working from home extremely viable and appealing for lots of people.

So it is perhaps inevitable that this is leading to big changes in the way offices are being built and in how they are laid out by occupiers.

After all, times change and if a firm's requirements are not exactly the same as they were a few years ago, they need premises that reflect this new state of affairs.

Anthony Duggan, partner and head of real estate research at Deloitte, observed: "A need to reduce build costs alongside flexible working practices such as activity-based working, cloud computing and bring-your-own-device schemes are altering the way that office buildings might be built in the future.

"Working from home practices, wireless technologies and hot-desking schemes are also reducing the amount of space needed per worker, pushing a change in occupier requirements."

This will, of course, affect a company's office cleaning requirements, but experienced facilities management specialists will be able to respond to each client's individual needs, regardless of whether or not they have changed their methods to accommodate modern technological advances.

But with technology continuing to progress at a staggering pace, it looks as if further changes could soon be seen within the office market.