Future of office design post-pandemic

Interior: MediaCityUK Tomorrow in Salford (Chapman Taylor for Peel Media and L&G Capital)

Future Cities Forum is beginning a new series of discussions around the ‘return to work’, post-pandemic, and how office interior design will change to accommodate new ideas. We were delighted to interview Gavin King, who has recently been appointed as a Director at Chapman Taylor in the UK to reinforce and expand the company’s capability in the office sector.

Gavin spoke about the need to put human beings at the centre of office interior design, using the core values of an organisation to determine the appropriate shape of working environments while also considering the real benefits of retrofit.

He explained:

‘Offices will need to be more bespoke for clients and an embodiment of ideas that they hold dear. Employees returning to work need to feel that the design is about them and their values. Individuals will be coming back for different reasons, but my philosophy is that design happens with you, not to you. I like to get to know my client and the end users really well because we are designing for human beings, and it is important to know who they are to ensure our design is right for them.