2020 Vision: What Lies Ahead?

By Genghis Akay, Director, Planet Partitioning

The arrival of a brand-new decade brings change for both the interiors sector and the construction industry. The past ten years have been hugely focussed on sustainability and digital adoption; seeing the rise of flexible working, ‘greener’ building methods and products, and the slow-but-steady evolution of technology.

So what’s in store this year? Which 2019 trends will materialise in 2020? What can we consign to the past and focus on in the future?

Investment

The ‘10’s was a successful decade’, some might say. Yet, its tail-end was somewhat jaded by political uncertainty, in the form of Brexit and the pre-Christmas election; which inevitably conjured many anxieties particularly in regards to investment. Whilst we shouldn’t fall for the illusion that investment was thwarted by the UK’s decision to leave the EU, (it’s been sluggish since the recession), investment has been stagnant nonetheless and would be 10% higher if the referendum hadn’t occurred.

However, with a date set for Brexit and the election now firmly in the past, investment should pick up where it left off. Projects which were in the holding bays in 2019 will, I anticipate, come to fruition this year.

One of the sectors which will see more growth this year is education, which held back on making major investment decisions as a result of Brexit uncertainty.

Design your space

If institutions, such as universities, decide to expand their estates, they will require adaptable designs. Planet manufactures demountable glass partitions and doors to give clients full flexibility when it comes to utilising a space.

Demountable partitions enable clients to create more secluded, private rooms for meetings or consultations, without removing the ability to make more open-plan spaces when necessary. This level of design flexibility will prove to be highly important as we move into 2020. Not only do they save on the cost of refurbishments, this adaptability means clients are in a position to continually reflect the needs of their people.

BIM and technology

Technology will continue to dominate the construction industry as the sector becomes more and more digitised. Digitisation is a key part of the 2016-2020 Construction Strategy, recognising Building Information Modelling (BIM) in particular as a key driver to increase productivity and collaboration across the sector. BIM is an ecosystem of data, enabling architects and engineers to process a virtual, accessible replica of the building pre-construction, helping to inform decision-makers and prevent any unnecessary costs. BIM is a sustainable way to optimise a building’s efficiency. Moving into 2020, BIM will continue to change the way we plan, design, construct and manage buildings.

With digitisation, better investment and flexible design solutions headlining 2020, the industry is poised to have a successful year full of productivity, growth and positive change.

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