The property sector needs to prioritise resilience. We have the opportunity to design buildings that integrate communities, are resilient against changing climates and ultimately benefit society, and my hope is we will see more opportunities to work together in solving problems that are impossible to tackle alone. 

Steven Charlton

Going forward, we expect to see a far greater focus on quality and long-term predictability in projects across the sector. Consequently, we’ll see an increase in high-specification heavy refurbishments in and around London. Moreover, the surplus of retail stock across the country will require architects, developers and planners to get creative in how they harness this resource to tackle the housing crisis.

Resolution: I aim to get my pilot’s licence to achieve my childhood ambition. Secondly, I want to change the perception of Perkins+Will in the UK that it is a predominantly corporate interiors firm so people see us as the mature architecture and design business that we are.

Steven Charlton, managing director at the London office of Perkins+Will

2019 forecasts: what lies ahead