We wanted to find out what makes a workplace more conducive to creativity and how the working environment affects the work that creatives do. How can workplaces be organised to maximise creative thinking? The results offer a snapshot of where the creative industry is right now – and where many of its practitioners want it to get to.
I talk to David Drews, Allied London’s Associate Director of Design about how the company is creating places that dynamically improve the ways in which people work and live. As part of Manchester’s new St. John’s neighbourhood, for example, Enterprise City is one of Allied’s major workspace projects and aims to unite creative businesses across five diverse buildings. David discusses some of the thinking that has gone into making this area a unique part of working life in the city.
A creative space can work for other types of companies, too – as law firm Shoosmiths and Soho House & Co show in our focus on two recent developments that have helped to engender a new conception of the workplace and the benefits it can bring.