Housing space use in the pandemic and after: the case for new design guidance

Holliss, Frances and Barac, Matthew (2021) Housing space use in the pandemic and after: the case for new design guidance. [Pamphlet]


UK homes need to be bigger to accommodate home-based work. This report is the conclusion of research carried out by the Workhome Project’s Frances Holliss in collaboration with London Metropolitan University’s Matthew Barac, supported by Research Assistants Nicola Blake and Marianna Janowicz.

In this project a secondary analysis of more than 100 case studies of homeworkers, including knowledge workers, craftworkers, service-workers, micro-retailers and creative practitioners amongst others, generated a series of twelve homeworking scenarios. These, beautifully drawn from data collected between 2003-2020, provide quantitative evidence of the spatial needs of homeworking. Funded by the UK Research and Innovation Strategic Priorities Fund, 2020-21, and undertaken with leading sector architects from Levitt Bernstein, Pollard Thomas Edwards, Mae Architects and Karakusevic Carson, this project addresses the urgent need, highlighted by the mainstreaming of home-based work during the pandemic, to amend or supplement UK Nationally Described Space Standards to reflect working from home - and for all new and converted homes to be built with adequate provision. It aims to be both a catalyst for policy debate and a basis for further research.

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