Argent’s managing director David Partridge has taken over from Land Securities’ Colette O’Shea as the British Council for Offices’ (BCO) new president
Setting out his vision for the BCO in a speech earlier this year Partridge said: ‘We’ve only begun to scratch the surface in applying that understanding to the design and servicing of our cities and our workplaces, something I want to address in my role as President of the BCO.
‘My vision is to guide the industry to realise the considerable opportunity that Big Data can open up for the people that shape our built environment: the planners; architects; developers; engineers; and occupiers.
‘As the birthplace of the modern office, and a city that has used data to inform its urban planning for over a century, Chicago provided us with an iconic setting to look at the past, present and future of our cities at the Annual Conference in May.
He added: ‘To continue to lead the world in designing, building and operating the very best workplaces, we need to better understand and reflect the needs of the workforce and learn from the past in order to shape a stronger future. In doing that, the UK can stay ahead of the pack and grasp the opportunity, and the time to do that is now.”
As managing partner at Argent, David has overall responsibility for all Argent business, including structuring and establishing financial and management programmes. He oversees the sourcing, masterplanning, building design, financing and legal aspects for all projects.
O’Shea had been in the post for a year.