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The hugely controversial Shoreditch proposals have finally been recommended for planning. This is a good thing for London, argues Eric Parry, one of the architects involved
Far from covid denting demand for offices, one long-term impact will be a need for more and better space in central London. While this may seem counterintuitive right now, in the acute phase of a second national lockdown, we must prepare for life to return to something that most of us will recognise as normal.
This pandemic has brought about an acceleration in many trends that impact how we will live our lives when we no longer live with the daily threat of infection.
In my area of expertise, one of the easiest of these to predict is the accelerated obsolescence of office buildings that are unable to meet far more stringent expectations for space, air quality and wellbeing – and this will add to the pressure on delivery of refurbished and new buildings.
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