Construction Insight 2021

2021 CONSTRUCTION TRENDS INSIGHT:

Post-pandemic building design

April 2021

 

Engineering, construction, and building materials have a vital role to play in the post-pandemic recovery of our communities and economies. In this challenging time, construction matters more than ever. The industry currently represents 13% of global GDP and unlocking currently constrained labour availability could help drive recovery while addressing our most pressing construction-related needs.

But how will the pandemic change the global construction industry?

The pandemic has the potential to be transformative, but only if stakeholders take stock of lessons learnt and adapt to future-proof their businesses, building assets and the wider industry.

To gain more of an insight into what the post-pandemic construction industry might look like, we spoke to a few construction peers & thought leaders to discuss their predictions for trends beyond 2021.

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#1 – MORE ACCESSIBLE SPACES, DESIGNED WITH HEALTHY EXTERNAL ENVIORNMENTS

INTERNAL TO EXTERNAL ARCHITECTURE

“Whilst we have always focused on delivering outdoor spaces for everyone to enjoy, this has never been more important as we look to create more sustainable living models in a post Covid-19 world.”

Rob Henderson
Director and Architect @ JDA Architects

CHANGING BALCONY DESIGN

“Balcony design is changing. In the past there had been a growing trend for more private balconies, with opaque screening between them, or balconies enclosed within a building’s exterior wall. The screens we’re dealing with now in pre-planning are lower and more transparent, creating more of a community feel. We feel this trend will continue moving forward post-pandemic.”

Nick Haughton
Sapphire Balconies

 

PLACES PEOPLE SHARE TO LIVE

“Post pandemic, these things are going to be much higher up the agenda. It’s not enough just to build it, you need to enable a community to flourish by bringing people together.”

Adam Higgins
Co-Founder @ Capital & Centric

#2 – EVOLVING RESIDENTIAL INTO A SOCIABLE AND CONNECTED COMMUNITY EXPERIENCE

CONNECTED, COMMUNITY-CENTRIC DEVELOPMENTS

“As more of these connected developments are planned and constructed around transport hubs in busy urban centres, building vibration isolation will be an increasing requirement that will need to be considered early in the design stage.”

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#3 – REAWAKENING OF RETAIL, LEISURE AND ENTERTAINMENT

LARGER THAN LIFE VENUES

“It’s clear to me that what will emerge will be a transformation of cinema venues and cinema going as we know it. I am equally certain that audiences are ready, indeed hungry, for such a transformation.”

John Sullivan
Founding Director @ Big Picture Cinemas

FLEXIBLE, MODERN AUDITORIA

“We also expect to see the emergence of entertainment spaces designed for more flexible use, such as cinema auditoriums that can also be used as e-sports arenas, or stadia seating that can be moved out to make acoustically isolated VR spaces.”

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CHANGES TO EXPECTATIONS & WORKING PRACTICES

“New projects will inevitably require resilience to provide the mitigation measures that have been implemented in response to the pandemic. The expectations of a workplace, transport infrastructure, leisure and hospitality facilities and retail spaces have changed.”

Paul Fleming
Associate @ Clancy Consulting

#4 – SMARTER AND MORE COLLABORATIVE WORKING THAT UTILISES NEW TECHNOLOGIES

MULTI-FACETED COLLABORATION

“The necessity for tools that allow project teams to work more closely together with manufactures to ensure that the correct specification for a system is produced, especial for complex specifications, has never been more prominent. The industry will soon see critical changes to legislation following the publication of Dame Judith Hackitt’s Building Safety Bill, so we expect this form of data collaboration across the industry to continue to emerge.”

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