In terms of fitting out and furnishing, instant availability puts an accent on standardisation and flexibility. Unlike HQ Global Workplaces, Regus specifies metal-faced demountable partitions for its cellular offices. The partitions can be rearranged at a moment’s notice, and customers can hang up their whiteboards and pictures with magnets without causing dilapidations.
As for the buildings themselves, these have, to date, all been acquired off-the-peg by Regus. Far from being standardised, they tend to be the most prominent landmark buildings in City centres, including, in London alone, Canary Wharf Tower, the NatWest Tower, the Lloyd’s building and No 1 Poultry.
However, Regus is now entering a new phase of partnerships with established property companies such as MEPC and Arlington. As Warren O’Leary, head of purchasing and logistics, explains: “We are looking for more bespoke buildings where we can influence the design before they get out of the ground.”