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New BCO research displays increase in demand for open plan London offices

Firms based in the capital are increasingly looking for open plan London offices, according to the results of a new study conducted by the British Council of Offices (BCO).

Rather than the singular offices traditionally featured in office buildings, businesses are now looking towards an open plan layout, in what the BCO has claimed to be one of the most important trend shifts seen in recent years.

It is widely thought that firms are adopting open plan layouts in order to increase the sharing of ideas, socialising and interaction between staff members in the working environment.

Chairman for the BCO’s research committee, Matt Oakley, commented on the findings.

He stated: “The concept of a break-out area was non-existent 20 years ago,” adding, “but we are seeing more delivery of technology in these formal and informal working areas.”

Discussing the impact the trend could have on the working environment, Oakley finished: “A key purpose of the workplace is for sharing ideas including enhancing your product and service offerings, this won’t happen by shutting people away.”

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