How is London working? Innovation in the capital’s workplaces

Google Spain, Madrid

Google Spain, Madrid

In partnership with DEGW

Date: Thursday 7 October Time: 8.30 – 10.00 am Venue: DEGW, MidCity Place, 71 High Holborn, London WC1V 6QS

Work is central to our lives yet the workplace is rarely discussed in public.

Work spaces in London have evolved through seventeenth century coffee houses to the ‘offices as factories’ of the nineteenth, and to spaces that merge work and play in the late twentieth. In the last 30 years workplaces in London have moved to purpose built structures that can house the networks and services of the modern office.

Information and communication technology now allows many people to work from anywhere: ‘the city is the office’ with new workspaces springing up around the London for mobile working, while the City has been wirelessly networked for many years.

But while work has left the office many companies are still sticking to the 9 to 5 routine, and employees still perceive there to be real benefits in workplaces, such as serendipitous encounters and more nuanced communication. Meanwhile a new generation of ‘digital natives’ familiar with social networks, sophisticated consumer technology and multi-tasking is entering the office, presenting new opportunities and challenges for managers and organisations.

How has London past and present dealt with such developments? What are the new areas of work we need to support? In the age of net-working, how well is real collaboration actually supported? And what are the significant changes and innovations in the workplace we should expect in London and elsewhere?


  • Philip Tidd, managing director, DEGW UK
  • Volker Buscher, Director of Consulting, Arup
  • Jonathan Robinson, co-founder, The Hub

The discussion will be chaired by Frank Duffy, author of Work and The City


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