“Bring back the office!” Majority looking forward to workplace return, new research finds

after a year of widespread homeworking instigated by Covid-19. While more than half of Europeans (55 per


cent) say homeworking is more enjoyable than office working, 85 per cent say the office remains either important or essential – with a lack of social interaction and collaborative working among the most cited challenges facing homeworkers. The findings are detailed in a comprehensive new report released by Formica Group. Hundreds of workers in six European countries were questioned to understand the emotional and professional impacts of the last year, as well as their feelings ahead of a potential return to office working in 2021. The report, which includes a series of recommendations to create offices better equipped to a post-pandemic future, describes widespread homeworking as “a

The new inspired workplace

Arstiderne architects has transformed a large industrial building into a stunning open plan office to house the 180 Sweco employees at a location near Aarhus in Denmark. While the majority of staff work in large open plan spaces they benefit from several smaller self-contained rooms in the centre of the building. These box-like structures, bathed in daylight from the skylights and facade windows, are used for a variety of purposes from a quiet workspace to meetings and socialising. Their design on the original concrete floor contrasts well with the precise finish on their walls. These are clad with Troldtekt acoustic panels in an ultrafine finish creating a high performance and aesthetically pleasing appearance. The ceilings and some walls are clad with standard acoustic panels, while specific areas have been decorated with Troldtekt®

line which forms part of the award-

winning design solutions collection. The lengthwise surface grooves form a continuous pattern across the partitions and reception areas adding interesting texture and depth. Troldtekt was specified across the scheme for its sustainable characteristics coupled with superior acoustics to provide a comfortable working environment. IVC Commercial Solutions fulfil the flexibility needs of Birmingham workplace

Carpet Tiles, Luxury Vinyl Tiles and Heterogeneous Vinyl floors from IVC Commercial have been used throughout the interior of a leading Birmingham workplace provider. In a refurbishment scheme over three phases some 2,500 m2

of Birmingham office space, Carpet Tiles, Luxury Vinyl Tiles and Heterogeneous Vinyl

solutions from IVC Commercial feature within a scheme designed to bring fluidity across the layout. Designed by Overbury, the flooring scheme features river-like organic shapes cut into angular geographical lines. This demanded floors that flowed well together and that had the flexibility to sit with adjacent products across complimentary palettes. The Overbury design team turned to IVC Commercial, choosing Art Style and Art Exposure carpet tiles, IVC 55 luxury vinyl tiles, and Nomad and Isafe 70 heterogeneous vinyl. IVC Commercial’s installation solutions were also used within the project with Flexpro self-adhesive underlay and Invisiweld seamless technology. Katy Boulter of Overbury, comments: “IVC Commercial’s portfolio gave us the flexibility to create the patterns and palette we wanted to achieve for the layout within a reasonable cost.”

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clear majority of Europeans (84 per cent) are keen to have the office back in their lives, new research has found

our desire for shared spaces and professional experiences. It also reveals the depth and complexity of the challenges facing business across Europe.” Nina Bailey, Design Manager at Formica

technological, management and perhaps most significantly a psychological challenge”. As a result, face-to-face and collaborative work is likely to be more valued than ever – with almost seven in 10 (69 per cent) of employees wanting a hybrid working pattern in future. Jennifer


Communications Manager at Formica Group, says: “As the path back to office- based work begins to take shape, this report provides crucial emotional context around

Group, says: “Employers should aim to create flexibility and offer spaces for meetings, workshops and catchups. Because as much as we talk over video calls, it is never quite the same as face-to-face working. By creating spaces that can be open-plan enough, the working sense of community can start to rebuild.” The full report, titled The Office Awaits:


Reinventing the Workplace for a Post- Pandemic Future, is published by Formica Group and offers a comprehensive insight into the issues facing employees, architects and designers. Download the full report now.

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