Change & flexibility: the role of serviced office space in corporate real estate portfolios and office markets
Gibson, V. and Lizieri, C., (1999) Change & flexibility: the role of serviced office space in corporate real estate portfolios and office markets. Working Papers in Land Management & Development. 01/99. Working Paper. University of Reading, Reading. pp34.
With the increasing pace of change, organisations have sought new real estate solutions which provide greater flexibility. What appears to be required is not flexibility for all uses but appropriate flexibility for the volatile, risky and temporal part of a business. This is the essence of the idea behind the split between the core and periphery portfolio. The serviced office has emerged to fill the need for absolute flexibility. This market is very diverse in terms of the product, services and target market. It has grown and gained credibility with occupiers and more recently with the property investment market. Occupiers similarly use this space in a variety of ways. Some solely occupy serviced space while others use it to complement their more permanent space. It therefore appears that the market is fulfilling the role of providing periphery space for at least some of the occupiers. In all instances the key to this space is a focus on financial and tenurial flexibility which is not provided by other types of business space offered.