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Jul 23, 2020

NextGen Post-Pandemic Predictions

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We hosted our first NextGen webinar with over 100 attendees, bringing together NextGen industry partners New London Architecture (NLA), City Property Association (CPA), Westminster Property Association (WPA) and Revo Hub to get their insight on the future of the industry following the COVID-19 crisis. 

"During the pandemic we have seen an acceleration to business change, with people having to think differently when it comes to reimaging that change."

Nancy Elgarf

Moderator and Associate Director at G&T

The next generation will have to live with the outcomes of the pandemic and the repercussions it has on the future of work during a key period in their careers. Our panellists shared what they will be focussing on when life returns to the new normal, the opportunities the pandemic has presented and what they want to see from the future of the industry.

They provided invaluable insight into how the industry might evolve following the current crisis, offering different perspectives from across the built environment.

“Following COVID-19 there will be more demand and concern about the quality of both our homes and offices, with a focus on the provision of adequate space standards, good ventilation, natural daylight and good internet connection.”

Selasi Setufe

Innovative Sites Programme Manager at Be First

Key topics discussed included the long-term impact of working from home on London as the city we know, examples of how companies have had to think differently and adapt to keep up with changing business and employee requirements, the long-term impact of COVID-19 on the retail and leisure sector, increased digitisation and what impact the pandemic may have on climate change.

“This is a chance to rethink town centres and the traditional high street retail model and build a bold new era of regeneration in both towns and cities.”

Nick Strachan

Director at Leslie Jones Architecture

The shared message from all speakers was that it will be important to focus on the positives that can be taken from the pandemic and the opportunities that this situation has presented.

Panellists agreed that the industry should use this time to re-imagine and where possible, re-build a city that not only fits the needs of its current occupiers, but also those of future generations.

“If businesses are set up to think innovatively they will adapt faster and therefore be more successful in an uncertain future.”

James Burrage

Development Manager at Great Portland Estates

The panellists believed the key drivers for this would be the conscious effort towards industry wide collaboration, increased flexibility for everyone no matter what position or circumstance and the ability to work together to create a shared vision for the future of our city.

“The last few months have shown how much positive, drastic and collective action the world can take when faced with imminent threat.”

Alex Beale

Foresight Manager at Landsec

Panellists for the webinar included:

  • Moderator - Nancy Elgarf, G&T Associate Director and G&T NextGen champion
  • Selasi Setufe, Innovative Sites Programme Manager at Be First, Public Practice Associate and Chair of NLA’s NexGen Sounding Board
  • Alex Beale, Foresight Manager at Landsec and Vice Chair of CPA NextGen committee
  • James Burrage, Development Manager at Great Portland Estates and Chair of WPA NextGen committee
  • Nick Strachan, Director at Leslie Jones Architecture and previous Chair of Revo Hub
“It was great to bring together our NextGen partners and hear their thoughts on how the industry should progress as we enter into a new phase of the pandemic.”

Nancy Elgarf

Moderator and Associate Director at G&T

Our NextGen programme relies heavily on our industry collaborations and this exchange of ideas would not have been possible without our partners - NLA, CPA, WPA and Revo Hub.

If you would like to find out more about our partnerships visit our NextGen Hub.

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