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Colliers offers 48-hour turnaround for office social distancing advice

30 04 20 workplace advisory

EMEA Occupier Services team offers bespoke post-COVID-19 planning for office occupiers and landlords.

Businesses and landlords needing advice on how to safely bring their staff and tenants back to the office after the COVID-19 lockdown can now receive recommendations within 48-hours from experts at Colliers International.

The global real estate consultancy is using expertise from its Workplace Advisory and Project Management teams, within the EMEA Occupier Services department, to provide, quick, detailed and innovative solutions to maximise office capacity – including cost estimates.

Colliers has established that in most corporate offices only 40 per cent of desk spaces will be usable initially when staff return to the office, because social distancing measures will be expected to continue for the next few months. This means that unless significant changes are made to layout and office design, many people will have to remain working remotely for the foreseeable future.

Sam Addison, EMEA Head of Project Management, said: “Responsible employers will be prioritising the health and wellbeing of their staff as part of their return to the office planning. However, in order to welcome staff back there will have to be a significant amount of changes to office buildings in the short-term, such as increasing distances between desks, creating one-way systems and communal areas. 

“Everything is changing so quickly at the moment, which is why we’re also offering a speedy service to help businesses identify what they need to do to enable a safe return to the office, and how it can be delivered.”

The Back to Work Navigator service will evaluate five areas where changes can be made to maximise office capacity and support productivity; design, navigation, behaviour, hygiene and technology. The service is available to occupiers as well as landlords needing to plan the reopening of their multi-let office blocks. 

Colliers’ will also be able to support businesses in implementing their recommendations, as well as consider the long-term strategy for their offices.

JanJaap Boogaard, EMEA Head of Workplace Advisory, added: “We expect that COVID-19 will have a long-term impact on the way that we work. We know from our global Working from Home survey that 80 per cent of respondents have said they would like to continue to work remotely at least one day a week. So, after this initial return, it is likely that office spaces permanently change again as they become more focused on bringing people together, whether it’s to work on projects or to build relationships, as opposed to daily locations where we go to do our work.”

For further information about the Back to Work Naviagator contact Sam Addison or JanJaap Boogaard

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EMEA Headquarters, London

An experienced Real Estate and Construction professional who has worked for over twenty years providing advice across the life cycle of commercial properties for a number of large multi-national corporate clients. These include Centrica, Whitbread, Shell, Microsoft, GSK, PeopleSoft, and Nokia Networks.

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Jan Jaap Boogaard

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JanJaap and his team help organizations rethink the way they work and develop new work- and office concepts that impact on organizational goals, productivity, engagement and health of employees. Office concepts are translated to requirements for location, building and interior. JanJaap is specialized in developing work concepts and requirements for corporate clients by balancing corporate best practices and specific local demands based on local conditions, specific workprocesses and country culture.

Previously he held a senior role with Atos Consulting where he developed innovative work and office concepts for a variety of clients mainly in the public sector. He joined the AOS Group in 2012 and since Colliers International acquired the company in 2015 he has been advising a variety of clients on workplace solutions including IBM, Deloitte, ING and many more.

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Kim Inam

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I'm a communications professional who has previously worked as a journalist for eight years covering a broad range of topics including politics, crime, health and housing in north London. In recent years I have worked in corporate communications for local authorities across London  and joined Colliers in October 2019, initially providing maternity leave cover.

I provide strategic public relations advice to various business lines within the UK organisation to secure recognition for their work in the property press as well as key target media, and work with our experts to produce thought leadership pieces which are of interest to our clients and colleagues within the commercial real estate sector. In addition, alongside colleagues in the PR and wider communications team, I provide media and social media training for our in-house experts to prepare them for media opportunities and raise their personal brand within the sector.

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