What’s next for the banks and office spaces along London’s Canary Wharf as the city reopens after lockdown
- As cities begin to reopen after COVID-19 lockdowns, people are questioning if offices and large business buildings can safely resume operations and go “back to normal.”
- The skyscrapers in London’s Canary Wharf are home to major banks, from HSBC to Barclays, that will be challenged to keep their employees safe and socially distanced upon their return.
- Architects and building designers say that new technology, such as cleaning robots and self-sterilizing elevators, could be a huge help in maintaining a safe environment for workers.
- Banks and major companies on Canary Wharf are also considering rotating schedules for workers to come into the office and focusing more on staffs’ mental health and wellbeing.
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As COVID-19 lockdown restrictions ease and people return to work, it’s hard to say what the future of the office will look like. For bankers used to working in open-plan offices in London’s high-end buildings and skyscrapers such as Canary Wharf, “normal” won’t return for a long while yet.
Individuals forced to work from home under lockdown could well prove to be a catalyst for industry-wide changes in office space and culture. The architects of Barclays’ Canary Wharf headquarters believe getting back in …continued .
[Source: Business Insider]