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The future of work is on everyone’s agenda. This event brings thought leaders together to share cutting edge ideas on the future, from both a people and technology perspective. It will allow an understanding of the key drivers of change and enablers of innovation that will shape how, where and when work takes place. Our conference programme will explore future technologies, cutting edge award-winning workplaces and people, change and engagement.


Conference Opens Day 1

Registration and Pre-Event Networking

The Future of Living and Working in World Cities

Unique perspectives on people, space and culture in the context of a fragile and uncertain world still struggling with the effects of living and working in the shadow of a global pandemic. We explore the challenges, discuss new ideas & opportunities for the future of work.

Smarter London Together – London’s Era of Urban Innovation 

Technology will shape the future of our city, with data & AI playing fundamental roles in creating exciting jobs and spurring innovation. With new funding designed to supercharge London’s technological advancement & bring the future that little bit closer. London’s first Chief Digital Officer, will reflect on the achievements over the last two years of the Mayor’s Smarter London Together roadmap, and outline plans to strengthen London’s position as the smartest city in the world.  

Designing the Future

This session reveals some of the design tools used by Foster + Partners in their most recent developments. How they engender a sense of ownership and community in the workforce through their design, enabling companies to attract and retain the best talent. With an approach greatly influenced by the end-user, Nigel and Allesandro acknowledge the different and changing ways companies work and the role and influence of new technologies.

The Future of London - Placemaking and Leadership

Sir Stuart Lipton has been at the forefront of innovation, placemaking, planning and industry leadership, and at the centre of creating a large proportion of London’s most iconic developments. We explore the original vision for 22 Bishopsgate – the most eagerly anticipated addition to urban landscape in a long time - and how this landmark has achieved success despite the pandemic and the aftermath of Brexit. We explore technology behind the smartest new building, the experience delivered through amenities etc. and hear about exciting new developments in the pipeline.

Networking & Coffee Break

The Connected Workplace

In the age of the “anywhere office”, technology will play a more vital role than ever. It is now crucial for businesses to understand how people are using workspaces and implement technologies that will keep teams connected, organized, safe and ultimately enhance their experience and productivity. Our experts will shed light on some of the key technology innovations that are transforming how people work

The strategic case for smart and sustainable environments

Imagine a city where residents have a high level of wellbeing and yet still do not make extensive use of the planet’s resources. We know buildings are currently responsible for 30 to 40% of emissions; in order to achieve the 2050 COP21 target, emissions must be 80-90% lower. Meanwhile, businesses are also implementing new ways of working, realising remote is easy, office is easy, and hybrid is hard. This session explores how best organisations can achieve the triumvirate of smart, sustainable and hybrid.

Creating Meaningful Workdays: How Workplace Technology Can Create More Connected Teams

In this session, we see how organizations must radically rethink their approach to work - from resource use, to collaboration, to time management - and arm people with the tools to take control of their workdays and find meaning in their working lives.

The Future of the Office - What do we Need it For?

The COVID 19 pandemic has dramatically changed the way we work. Organizations are now operating in totally new and diverse ways that in the pre-pandemic world would have not been considered possible. The physical workplace needs to adapt to provide the physical and virtual spaces now needed to enable organisations not only operate but to thrive.
Frankie led a team at WeWork where she oversaw the design of 20 offices and has led a team at the Department of Work and Pensions to oversee the roll out of 228 temporary workplaces in response to the COVID 19 pandemic.

Networking & Coffee Break

Leadership in Hybrid: Returning to the Office Can be a Choice, Not a Challenge

By applying behavioral science and choice architecture to the post-pandemic workplace, organizations can “nudge” employees to embrace flexible work, avoiding mandates altogether. Phil outlines how a thoughtful, transparent, and data-driven approach has a big role to play. He explores how resource booking data can be used and offers 3 steps to change in helping redefine the purpose of the office and realize the true benefits of flexible work.

Case Study: Diageo New Global HQ

This session explores Diageo’s consolidation of its London offices into a new single HQ, not only offering a more efficient, cutting-edge workspace and almost halving its footprint,but also offers a modern, hi-tech work environment with meeting spaces and breakout areas to encourage teams to collaborate and an immersive customer experience, the chance to learn more about the brand and how its iconic drinks are created.

Expert Panel: Creating a High Performing Hybrid Workplace

The purpose of the office has changed. Hybrid Working is the term on everyone's lips but for many, big questions remain unanswered; How do you bring the workforce back into the office? and What should that office look like? Creating a truly effective workplace has always required a perfect balance between people, place, and technology. Given this most recent and dramatic global shift in the way we work, how do we now best drive communication, motivation, engagement with the right facilities, tech, tools to work, think and collaborate.

Networking & Lunch Break

London's Regeneration

With a series of London regeneration projects underway, change is on the horizon. We will highlight their priorities and aims of the developments across initiatives including the Royal Docks, Silvertown, Millenium Mills and Canada Water.

Unworking: The Reinvention of the Modern Office

Jeremy and Philip explore the evolution of the office from a stern, scientifically managed environment, derived from the industrial factory floor and firmly rooted in time and space, to the current model of working anyhow, anytime and anywhere. They describe the term ‘unworking’ as unravelling how we work, unbundling the assumptions that are baked into the modern workplace, and unlearning the habits, management styles and cultures that have traditionally defined our behaviour at work. The purpose of ‘unworking’ is to reimagine what the future workplace could be like...

Rethinking Workspaces

The pandemic has combined with ‘The Great Resignation’ to accelerate trends that were just getting started before everything was turned upside down. These deep currents of change are transforming the workplace and forcing us to look at everything from a new perspective that puts a premium on smart, efficient use of space. This session examines how spatial intelligence & occupancy tracking solutions help overcome corporate real estate business challenges; and how smart buildings can make a positive contribution to your bottom line and what many have been missing for years.

Creating a World Where Workplaces Work Better

Session to be announced.

Conference Close Day 1

Conference Opens Day 2

The 15-minute City

With commitments to a net zero carbon future and cleaning up the air in the capital we must address emissions from transport and buildings that are contributing to the climate emergency and damaging our health. It is also vitally important that London adapts to the impacts of a changing climate, including the increased risk of flooding and overheating. We will look at the future of cities from a developer, local authority and transport perspective.

The Nowhere Office: Re-Inventing Work and the Workplace of the Future

As remote working becomes the norm rather than the exception for many office workers around the globe, Julia explores a radical new way of thinking about work both now and in the future. Offering a strategic and practical guide to negotiating this pivotal moment in the history of work, she examines the problems which beset work – the endemic stagnant productivity and crisis of stress which predate the pandemic – and the new challenges of remote working, re-purposing offices, managing WFH teams and satisfying the demand for more purposeful work with greater work/life balance.

European Workers Get Life Right but Work Wrong!

Mona will offer her insights into Gallup’s State of the Global Workplace Report, with a focus on key trends in Europe on employee emotions, wellbeing and engagement

Workplace: A Destination of Choice

22 Bishopsgate is a new, people-focused workplace destination, expected to accommodate a community of up to 12,000 residents and visitors, and a working assumption that it will normally operate with about 6000 personnel at any one time. This panel will discuss why 22 Bishopsgate is the workplace of choice, and how this people focused smart building can support the evolving needs and future aspirations of the diverse businesses and people that inhabit it.

Networking Break

People Centred Workplaces: Cultivating Culture, Collaboration & Engagement

How can companies make the office an attractive proposition to employees who now have more choice in where and how they work?  How can we create positive workplace experience and seamless collaboration on lour new hybrid world. We examine the post pandemic impact on work, space, buildings and the effects on employee and company productivity and well-being, behaviour and culture

High Performing Hybrid Office

Anita joins us to examine ways in which we can specify more sustainable materials in workplace interiors; how we can collaborate better; how, with 50% of team members being virtual, how we can collate better data from our buildings and people.

From Space-Centric to Human-Centric: Exploring New Valuation Metrics for the New Workplace

As hybrid working changes the fundamental purpose of the office, a new report from Australian developer Mirvac challenges the standard efficiency-led measures that currently determine office rents. The session will question whether existing metrics around renting out office space remain fit for purpose in the aftermath of the global pandemic. Paul sets out the case for rethinking existing utilisation and valuation metrics in the context of the rise of hybrid and omni-channel working, which is catalysing the changing role of office space in an emerging landscape of choice and flexibility.

Work + Place - Topography of the Office

It is not time to rethink the office. It is time to rethink work. The ideology behind the office is still strong, but its physical existence present form is not. BVN has supported organisations around the world with their workplace futures for more than 25 years, with countless integrated examples in its portfolio. As presence grows for the practice in Europe, hear from former CEO James Grose as he discusses the social philosophy of place and the essence of what work means to each of us - whenever and wherever it happens.


With a series of regeneration projects underway, new communities are being formed and new spaces are being revived and re-imagined as destinations to live and work. With ambitious plans for sustainability and net zero, this session highlights the priorities and aims of these most significant developments.

The 15-Minute City

With commitments to a net zero carbon future and cleaning up the air in the capital we must address emissions from transport and buildings that are contributing to the climate emergency and damaging our health. It is also vitally important that London adapts to the impacts of a changing climate, including the increased risk of flooding and overheating. This session looks at the future of cities from a developer, local authority and transport perspective. Developer / GLA / TFL.

Super Experience: Enabling 22 Bishopgate

Experience – now more than ever - plays a pivotal role in how people perceive an organisation from the outside, and how they work together on the inside. As part of the return-to-work agenda, we will explore the different facets of 22 Bishopsgate unique community which provides over 100,000 sq. ft of inspiring shared spaces, services and experiences, designed to meet the needs of its diverse, connected community.

Networking Drinks in the Bar

Conference Closes Day 2


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