Welcoming the New Year

As the vaccination roll out gains momentum, it’s provided us all with a much needed glimmer of hope. The pandemic has been one of the biggest challenges to our health and wellbeing in recent times. However, with adversity comes opportunity. Last year gave us time to reflect and pause and despite its ups and downs, there are a number of positives from 2020 that will continue to shape the way we live and work for years to come.

As an Italian who has made London my home, one of the positives has been seeing the capital embracing the Parisian style café culture. It is a joy to see the streets bustling with life and I hope it’s something we see a lot more of in the not-so-distant future.

Many have predicted the end of urbanisation and the office, but I disagree. Like London, the office will continue to evolve to meet the changing needs of our society. More space will be dedicated to collaboration and offices will become hubs once more for teamwork and learning – moving away from admin centres. London continues to be one of the best cities in the world, but how we live in it might change.

At Northacre, we have remained true to our founding design principles of formal space and have long been advocates of ‘the door’. Our developments, No. 1 Palace Street and The Broadway offer flexible formal spaces, a trend I expect we will see more of as we re-evaluate how we live.

I am hopeful the vaccine will bring a most welcome return to human interaction. From day-to-day meetings with colleagues in our offices to welcoming clients into our developments and holidaying with loved ones – there is much to look forward to.

CEO Niccolò Barattieri di San Pietro

CLICK HERE to watch Niccolò’s 2021 Prime Central London property market update & outlook for the new year.

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