With hybrid working now the norm for many, there is increased demand for developers and employers to deliver office space that provides a better experience than the WFH alternative. 

Richard Carson

Richard Carson

Firms can leverage their workplaces to attract top talent and retain the best staff, as it is what employers can offer in addition to a salary that really counts, particularly for young professionals.

Smart offices that foster a great culture will be key to the future. They should be comfortable, convenient and inspiring, with great design that promotes wellbeing. Smart technology can bring environmental, work efficiency and operating cost advantages for employers.

This evolution is something that has been brought to the fore at The Hickman in Whitechapel (pictured) – our newly developed building, which is setting the standard for sustainability and driving innovation.

As the world’s first building to achieve a SmartScore ‘Platinum’ rating, it is future-proofed and significantly enhances the customer’s experience. Advanced functionality includes ‘sesame’, our smart workplace app, which provides features such as an online concierge service.

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The Hickman Cafe Reception

Similarly, with outside space now non-negotiable for those seeking a new home, the workplace should be no different. Access to green courtyards and roof terraces is vital for wellbeing and productivity, with numerous studies linking the two aspects.

We should all work to support the wellbeing of our customers, people and communities. Therefore, buildings must also play their part if we are to reduce our impact on the environment. At GPE, we have pledged to become a net zero carbon business by 2030 and The Hickman’s BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating is a great example of how we are working towards key milestones to meet this commitment.

With today’s occupiers and their staff committing only to those spaces that align with their own values, employers need to take note or risk losing out. People, place and planet have never been more important.

Richard Carson is leasing manager at GPE