Staff wellbeing and experience should be at heart of new workplace design, says JLL

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Property consultancy JLL has moved into new offices at 31 Great George Street after more than 50 years based on Berkeley Square.

The new space has undergone a £6 million refurbishment and has been specifically designed to completely modernise working practices and create a healthy, modern and collaborative business environment.

Stand-out features include a new glass atrium that extends to the full height of the building and an outdoor terrace on the top floor boasting expansive views over Bristol.

The offices have been designed so that the 130 employees have stimulating spaces that encourage a more agile approach to the working day. There are six different types of space – a café on the top floor with covered terrace space and booths, upholstered pods for quiet working, a pitch room to rehearse presentations in and formal meeting rooms. There will also be modern work stations, featuring electronically height adjustable sit/stand desks and great views of the city.

Simon Peacock, head of JLL’s Bristol office, said: “At JLL, we see first-hand every day how important it is for workplace design to be fit for purpose in a rapidly changing, highly-connected world. Technology is set to transform working life and workplaces between now and 2030, leading to the creation of more flexible and smarter space. People are no longer wedded to their desks and employees are happier and more productive if they have a dynamic environment within which to work.

“This is why we’ve focussed on creating a new environment that completely transforms the way we work and takes health and well-being very seriously, enabling employees to work more collaboratively and productively in a space that they will really enjoy being in.”

The building also features a range of sustainable features including intelligent air conditioning which will allow fan coils to be switched off when windows are opened for natural ventilation, which could provide energy savings of up to 20 per cent.

There will also be increased cycle parking, showers and drying room to cater for those who want to walk, run or cycle to work.

JLL has taken 15,000 sq ft on a new 15 year lease. The landlord’s refurbishment was carried out by London based Hermes, and JLL’s fit out was completed by its own design and fit out company Tetris Bluu.

JLL has published its own research – Workspace, Reworked – into how technology is shaping the workplace and redefining how and where we work. To watch JLL’s video on this trend, go to http://ridethewave.jll.com/