Procurement Fred Heritage · 26 January 2016
Firms advised to make better use of office space as London vacancies plummet
Business owners in London have been advised to properly analyse the usage of current working spaces before rushing into moving to costly new premises, as the UK capital drops off the list of Europe’s top ten cities for property investment prospects. Vacancy rates in London have fallen to a 26-year low in some parts of the city, yet according to management solutions firm Condeco, companies are not making proper use of existing office spaces meaning that firms may be moving to costly and unnecessary larger spaces. Following reports earlier in January that London has now become the most expensive European city and the second most expensive in the world in which to build, new data gathered by Condeco found that businesses in the capital were using just 39 per cent of occupied office spaces on average. Founder of Condeco Software, Paul Statham, advised that companies should carry out research and surveys to look into how well office space is used. manual walk-through studies and qualitative research methods such as occupancy surveys are one of the ways in which businesses currently analyse space, he said. Workplace technology, such as sensors, can also provide a harder set of data which can help companies gain a fuller picture of office utilisation.
ABOUT THE EXPERTFred Heritage
Fred Heritage was previously deputy editor at Business Advice. He has a BA in politics and international relations from the University of Kent and an MA in international conflict from Kings College London.