The significance of town planning and office design in driving the success of a business area is a factor that’s often underestimated. It goes beyond the mere aspects of functionality and aesthetics. Effective planning and design can truly make or break the distinction between a bustling commercial hub and a quiet one.
When it comes to devising a robust office design, convenience and accessibility are paramount. Having nearby cafes and restaurants not only serves as perfect locations for lunch breaks and meetings but also adds to the overall vibrancy of a business district. Furthermore, integrating fitness facilities into the workspace promotes a healthier lifestyle, both physically and mentally. And for those balancing work and family, an adjacent childminding centre can be a game-changer.
According to a 2023 survey on office occupancy conducted by CBRE, employees rank proximity to public transportation and accessibility to amenities as highly desirable when considering a place of employment.
CBRE 2023 Office Occupancy Survey
“Tenants want to be in premium buildings, with exceptional amenities, underpinned by strong sustainability credentials in desirable and well-connected locations,” said the report.
Looking ahead, as population density climbs and business districts sprawl beyond the traditional city centre, we can anticipate a shift toward diversification and mixed-use developments. Victoria’s forward-thinking approach hinges on the ‘20-minute neighbourhood‘ concept, envisioning a scenario where daily essentials are within a leisurely 20-minute stroll. Based on this concept, Beulah designed STH BNK around a 5-minute city plan, incorporating retail, wellness and hospitality, all within the development. Implementing this concept within our workplaces and surrounding areas would pave the way for a more comprehensive and enjoyable office lifestyle, subsequently enhancing wellbeing and bolstering productivity.