PRAGUE, 20 January 2016 – Quadrio is becoming the new headquarters for Cushman & Wakefield. The company will relocate in April. Refurbishment is in progress now and the fit-out and design work in the interior is planned for March. Cushman & Wakefield is leasing more than 2,000 square metres in Quadrio. The owner of the property is CPI Group. Cushman & Wakefield also manages and leases the property for CPI.
“It is important for Cushman & Wakefield to reflect the market by being located in a first class building and iconic address. Quadrio not only met these requirements but also provides our employees and clients alike with an outstanding working environment. The rooftop panoramic view of Prague is an added bonus,” says Jonathan Hallett, Managing Partner at Cushman & Wakefield Czech Republic and CEE.
“The relocation of corporate headquarters is a rather lengthy process, which usually takes 18 months. Once the new location is chosen, it is necessary to pay attention to the internal layout and equipment. Attractive interiors are a strong incentive for employees, so the quality of the working environment should not be underestimated. The right workplace strategy has a major influence on the efficiency of the company as a whole,” says Ms Radka Novak, Head of Cushman & Wakefield’ Office Agency Team.
The office world is gradually abandoning the open space concept for shared workplaces combined with relaxation zones. Even in this respect, though, it is necessary to take trends with a grain of salt and structure the offices to suit the company’s needs. At the initial stage, Cushman & Wakefield considered setting up shared workplaces (where employees choose any desk upon arrival at work). Based on a study on the interaction between teams, however, it became clear that the savings of leased space would not make up for the negative effects.
“Sharing and the feeling of ‘togetherness’ are important for teams. This is why we eventually decided to use the model where most employees have their own desks,” says Mr Pavel Podhora, Head of Cushman & Wakerfield’s Project Management team, adding: “In addition, Cushman & Wakefield’s relocation is made less common by the recent merger with DTZ. We had to increase the leased area and rearrange the internal structure to suit the current requirements. An entire professional team including an external architect and a firm that prepared the study into the utilisation of space and the need for interaction between teams worked on the selection of the new offices.”