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GCUC APAC Week 4- Best In Class Ecosystems

By Stormy McBride On September 10, 2020 In UncategorizedDesignOtherCoworkingSustainabilityCommunityCoworking TrendsGCUC APACReal Estate

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This week’s session was all about Best in Class Ecosystems.

COVID-19 hit and the game just changed. Humancentric designs, more plants, and technology connecting people. The power of choice has shifted to the worker. The worker is going to get to choose which building they go to. They’re not going to be told. -Liz Elam, Founder at GCUC Global

The precinct, the project itself and the absolute centrality of the flex space offering are of the utmost importance in securing precommitment tenants. –Hamish Stuart, Head of Leasing at Office for AMP Capital Office & Logistics

You can put office buildings up all day long but to create a precinct that tenants what to come to, it has to be reimagined. We had to reimagine what transient orientated development could be to create the first of its kind. –Michelle Burk, Development Manager at Brookfield Properties

Wellness, connectivity and sustainability in csuites for high performance buildings is a global requirement for tenants.- Luke Greenwood, Head Of Corporate Real estate & Head of csuites at Lendlease

All the things that you would want in a grade A ecosystem: park side dining, wide variety of f&b offerings, shopping, entertainment, food courts, and cinema in one area. –Luke Greenwood, Group Head of Corporate Real Estate & Head of csuites at Lendlease

Why are ecosystems interesting? We are not just looking at flexible spaces in the traditional context, anymore. We have flexible spaces being embedded throughout the entire development. –Sylvia Koh Gratton, Head of Digital and Business Solutions CapitaLand Singapore

The design was all around views and natural light. A unique concept: the vertical village. The building is staked and pivoted from the rear and that’s what makes up the 5 villages. The connectivity of the lobby via circular staircases, the atrium and all the way through the central spine is what sets the tone for the entire offering of common space and amenity. –Hamish Stuart, Head of Leasing at Office for AMP Capital Office & Logistics

Flex has gone from a nice to have to a must have. -Hamish Stuart, Head of Leasing at Office for AMP Capital Office & Logistics

When redeveloping, think about how to inject new life into the space. Inject a lot of greenery and open space into the development to facilitate the feel of openness and community. –Sylvia Koh Gratton, Head of Digital and Business Solutions CapitaLand Singapore

Especially now given the demand for office space we are creating a more meaningful third space and not just sticking the option in the building. What it means for the owner, the tenants and curating that experience. –Michelle Burk, Development Manager at Brookfield Properties

We look at placemaking and best in class amenities are key to that. Part of all of this is tenant retention: better engagement and reinforcing our community. Making sure that people we have had a long relationship with still regard Hongkong Land as the place to keep their office. –Paul Bennett, Senior Asset Manager at Hongkong Land

The people that seemed to be the missing link in flex space is the forgotten middle of the scale up company that employs 20-70 people. –Joff Sharpe, Former COO of British Land

The arms race has gone from a fantastic end of trip facility to a hotel like lobby facility to having a flexible spaces offering. Now, to providing the gold standard in service that integrates the front of house, concierge, and the flexible workspace offering all into one. –Hamish Stuart, Head of Leasing at Office for AMP Capital Office & Logistics

As always, we want to give a big shout out to our partners who helped make GCUC APAC happen. Without our partners at Hub Australia, Colliers, The Executive Centre and essensys – GCUC would not be as juicy with out you.

*Some quotes have been edited for length and clarity.

If you missed the event, watch the replay here.