We sat down with our very own Tom Aird, Project Director at Dthree, to talk about how we help clients transform their workplaces into a tool for talent before the design process has even begun.

With the UK experiencing record employment levels, businesses are facing stiff competition when attracting and retaining staff. As a consequence, the design of the workplace and its role in influencing workplace culture is emerging as a differentiator for top talent.

As project director, Tom Aird is better placed than most to share the lowdown on this burgeoning trend. As seen in The Occupier by DeVono Cresa, he talks to us about the varying approaches businesses take to workplace design and the challenge of designing for an increasingly diverse workforce.

Quality of work life : Waking up to your employee needs

A seismic shift in how and where employees work has occurred in recent years. The emergence of quirky and diverse workplaces, as exemplified by the current stock of serviced offices and impressive facilities that come with modern corporate working environments, means employees now have higher expectations of their everyday surroundings.

And with wellbeing initiatives such as the ‘Well’ certification – which sees diverse aspects from air quality to natural daylight provision providing the new standard for office environments – enhanced workplaces are firmly on the radar of an increasing number of employees and employers alike.

Serviced offices are among the pioneers in providing carefully designed spaces to meet these new needs and expectations of employees, as well as businesses themselves.

Dthree is firmly at the forefront of this movement in the sector, not least through its design plans for provider Venture X, whose new Chiswick office will provide a mix of shared and private workspaces.

Characterised by a design based on people and projects, rather than aesthetics, Venture X will give users access to the space they need to do their best task, as Tom explains: “It’s going to be a busy floor, but it’s designed in such a way that if you want to get some head space, and knuckle down over some important documents, you’ve got space to do that. If you want to have a very private meeting with four-to-five people, there’s space to do that. And if you need a board room with ultimate privacy and to fling stuff up onto a large screen, you have got somewhere to do it. This is a concept we also carried through our designs for Red Bull and EcoWorld London, were flexibility and agile working was key for their employees.”

Example of a working environment for different working needs