LEAP Publishes New Modelling On Flexible Workspace On London’s High Streets
16 March 2021
The pandemic has significant ramifications for the future of how workspaces will be serving entrepreneurs and businesses post Covid. In its various forms, workspace could be a vital tool in helping London to recover from the impact of vacancy rates, from small units on local neighbourhood high streets, to towering office blocks within the CAZ.
To explore these issues further, LEAP has worked with the Mayor of London’s Workspace Advisory Group (WAG) to explore areas where new types of flexible workspace models could flourish and help London to recover quicker, whilst building its resilience as a flexible and responsive city.
Architecture 00 have been supporting this work and have now produced the ‘Flexible Workspaces on our High Streets’ pamphlet published today. The document provides guidance for empty high street premises ranging from large public-sector owned assets and shopping centre units to large retail space in the Central Activities Zone and small high street units. It calls for a reimagination of the relationships between landlords, tenants, operators, and local authorities, with the purpose of reducing the risk profile of vacant units, while ensuring that high street assets create social and economic value by providing space for local business and enterprises of all sizes.