BCO Midlands & East Anglia: Mitigating Office Obsolescence

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In 2017 the BCO published Mitigating Office Obsolescence: The Agile Future. Undertaken by Northumbria University, Newcastle, this report examines how vacant office buildings can be redeveloped. The seminar will also look at Cornerblock as an example of a previously obsolete office.

Start Date / Time 02 May 2018 17:00
End Date / Time 02 May 2018 19:30
Venue Cornerblock, 2 Cornwall Street, Birmingham B3 2DL
National No
Region Midlands and East Anglia
Type Seminar
Available to Non Members Yes


Mitigating Office Obsolescence: The Agile Future delineates four vacant office building strategies – asset exploitation, demand repositioning, asset renewal and removal & redevelopment. For each strategy it sets out an associated set of management techniques and a relative degree of intervention. A PESTLE analysis is undertaken and the case for office building agility and repeated temporary use is argued. The report suggests that investment and management strategies will need to be proactive, with an emphasis on tenant experience. The ability of buildings to adapt and change will be a key determinant of their success in the future. As well as a presentation from Paul Greenhalgh and Kevin Muldoon-Smith from Northumbria University, Rob Valentine from Bruntwood will give a short talk of their experience repurposing Cornerblock, a previously obsolete office.

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