The Next Generation of Office Space Comes to London

CBRE’s London office is the first to be transformed by new office renewal program

LONDON, ONTARIO, December 16, 2014 – Canada’s largest cities are in the midst of an office construction boom, but it’s CBRE’s new office in London, Ontario that provides a glimpse into the future of office space in Canada. This week, CBRE Limited, the world’s largest commercial real estate services firm, unveiled the first office that has been built based on their new Canadian Workplace Strategy in London.

For over a decade, high-tech companies have been leading the way in terms of innovative and collaborative office space. New workplace strategies are now being utilized by companies in all sectors, and are changing the way that traditional offices are designed. Segmented, hierarchical office environments are increasingly being replaced by space configurations that encourage collaboration, utilize the latest technology, and emphasize employee health and wellbeing. These are some of the key focus areas that have contributed to the development of CBRE’s Canadian Workplace Strategy.

“The new London office is the first step in the transformation of CBRE offices in Canada. Employees have played a vital role in designing our new, state-of-the-art offices, which incorporate globally recognized best practices, while maintaining the integrity and culture of the local business environment,” said Ashley O’Neill, CBRE’s Vice President, Corporate Strategy. “Our offices are going to be the most innovative work environments across the real estate industry.”



Some of the features showcased in CBRE’s London office include a progressive open concept design, the creation of collaborative neighbourhoods for each service line, ergonomic furniture solutions including adjustable sit-stand desks, wireless communications, video conferencing capabilities, and a largely paperless environment. In conjunction with the new office design, the London office was the first to complete CBRE’s Canadian Digitization Program, which has allowed the operation to reduce its paper footprint by 70%.

“It’s early in the process, but the changes we are experiencing are more than cosmetic. By modifying our surroundings, we have altered the way employees engage each other and our clients. There is a new energy around the office, more collaboration and a sense of excitement that is great to be a part of,” said Peter Whatmore, Managing Director of CBRE’s offices in Southwestern Ontario. “Our firsthand experience will also provide clients with new best practices for their own office space decisions. We are leading by example. Clients can visit our office and get a sense of the technology and strategies that can be implemented to enhance their working environments.”

CBRE’s London office is located at 380 Wellington Street. CBRE’s Canadian Workplace Strategy will be implemented in offices across the country, including Vancouver, Montreal and the Greater Toronto Area in 2015. 

About CBRE Limited
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2013 revenue).  The Company has approximately 44,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through approximately 350 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.

In Canada, CBRE Limited employs approximately 2,025 people in 23 locations from coast to coast. Please visit our website at www.cbre.ca.