The result of the ‘great homeworking experiment’ has proven that many jobs can be done from home, with many commentators, analysts and companies citing ‘the death of the office’. Whilst this structural shift is yet to play out, we have already seen a number of organisations consider and plan new ways of working which reduce the need for a city centre office. In response, we are seeing increasing evidence of workers making relocation decisions that focus on lifestyle rather than connectivity to their places of work, and question marks around the viability of public transport and infrastructure.
In addition to this, the pandemic has expedited the structural shift to online shopping that had already been occurring. As we consider the future of physical retail space, and its potential repurposing, and the potential for reduced agglomeration in our key cities, it begs the question ‘do our cities still have a future?’ This and other questions will be posed to our panel:
Darly Perry, UK Head of Research, Avison Young
Andrew Carter, Chief Executive, Centre for Cities
Paul Sargent, Chief Executive, Queensbury
Siena Golan, Assistant Vice President, DWS Group
Chris Murray, Director, Core Cities UK