Hotelisation: a Growing Trend for Office Space in Croydon

As people start to return to work, the lessons learned during lockdown are at the forefront of their minds. The thoughts of home comforts, and the joy of spending time outdoors, will be unlikely to fade. Precisely why employers are looking to make the workplace more like a home away from home, and why the hotelisation of office space is becoming quite a trend. Here, we're looking more closely at the reasons behind that trend. Also, we'll be discovering why, when it comes to selecting post-lockdown office space, Croydon could make the ideal choice.

The lockdown that became crucial as the coronavirus pandemic took hold changed many things, not least the face of office working. And with so many people working from home, and lots of others temporarily furloughed, attitudes to everyday life also went through something of a transformation. The comforts of home became much more widely appreciated for one, and spending time outdoors also saw an upturn in popularity.

As the big return to work gets underway, the general prediction appears to be that time will be split between home working and office working. This approach provides workers with the flexibility and work-life balance they became accustomed to during lockdown, and also reduces headcount within the workplace to make the all-important distancing easier.

The need for a comfortable, welcoming office

In order to maintain a happy and motivated workforce following what has to be one of the most challenging years anyone has ever faced, employers may be looking to ease the return to the office by making it a more homely and welcoming place to be. A place where staff not only feel comfortably safe, but where they can relax as they would do when working from home.

When renting office space, the traditional priorities of location, building specification and cost will always remain of great importance. However, businesses are now more likely to demand a greater range and level of facilities, flexible lease terms and, overall, an enhanced experience for their employees. This is not only in light of the changes brought about by the pandemic. It is also because the younger generation of workers, the millennial generation, is more likely to be attracted to workplaces that offer a wide range of amenities.

As a result, 'Hotelisation' of office space has become a common theme when developing or renovating commercial premises. Typical features on the agenda include:

  • Communal kitchens
  • Food and beverage offerings
  • Welcoming meeting rooms
  • Soft furnishings
  • Ample natural light
  • Interior planting
  • Outdoor space
  • Parking spaces
  • Showers and lockers
  • Bicycle storage
  • Intuitive technologies

Changing attitudes to location

Location wise, businesses are now seeking offices to rent in areas that are easy to reach by road or bicycle. As many workers are understandably nervous about travelling on public transport due to the risks posed by COVID-19, they are seeking alternative means to go to and come back from the office.

Besides, with the newly discovered love for spending time outdoors, there is a growing demand for office space located close to green spaces. Workers can spend their break times surrounded by nature, or take the daily exercise they got so used to during the lockdown.

Why Croydon makes the perfect location for the post-lockdown return to work

When it comes to renting office space, Croydon is considered one of the best locations in London. It is one of the capital's fastest-growing economies as well as benefiting from significant investment in the local transport network and the London Borough of Culture 2023 award.

Well-served by major roads including the M25 and M23, Croydon also boasts plenty of green space, including several parks, recreation grounds, woods, country parks and nature reserves, all offering ample opportunity for break time walks, bicycle rides and relaxation.

Discover the appealing rental opportunities at Corinthian House, an iconic building in the heart of Croydon

Corinthian House is an iconic building located in the heart of Croydon, well-served by road and offering generous car parking facilities together with showers and locker rooms, a communal kitchen, comfortable meeting rooms and high-speed internet.

Just a 10 minute walk away is Park Hill Park offering open green space, tennis courts and picnic areas.

For office space, Croydon is a first-class place to locate. With its long list of modern amenities that support the move towards the hotelisation of the office, Corinthian House does tick many boxes.

Ready to find out more about renting office space in Croydon at Corinthian House? You are welcome to get in touch with our helpful team.