WELCOME 

PaulPatenall

Paul Patenall

Founding Member and Director, U+I        

BCO Senior Vice President 

Conference Chair 

 

If I were to invite you to a city just two hours from the UK with one of the most productive workforces on the globe, voted the “Happiest” and “Most Liveable” city in the world and where sustainability and the environment are so high on the agenda that it has previously been ranked a “Top Green City”, which is committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2025 – why would you not want to go there?

Well, that is why I have chosen Copenhagen for the 2019 BCO conference and you are all invited. What better place for us to explore the Work-Life relationship, where they even have a dedicated word, unique to the Danish Language, that literally translates to “Work Life Balance” – “Arbejdsglæde”.

We know  that great workspaces enable great productivity, but in the excitement of designing, developing and delivering these places we must never forget the people who work in them. Our conference  focus will be on where people meet places  and how  developers, designers and occupiers can contribute to a well-balanced and productive workforce. Where better than Copenhagen to explore these ideas?

The  BCO is at the  forefront of discussion on the contribution great workspaces can make to health wellbeing and productivity. We do this by staying curious - learning from the best thinking,  ideas and examples.  Copenhagen, winner of the Academy of Urbanism’s city of the year award in 2017, is  rightly recognised as setting the standard for intelligent, inclusive and sustainable best practice urban planning. The city centre is defined by striking contemporary architecture, engaging public space,  and an abundance of human activity.

The 2019 conference will offer delegates a unique opportunity to be a part of the work-life debate and the role of great places play in this. I urge you all to join the discussion, in a city rightly famous for its innovative design, architecture and gastronomy and human scale.