Research which identifies the start of a three-year phase of significant investment in wellbeing across the UK’s built environment sector has been welcomed by Tamlite Lighting.
Published this week, the report from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) – a global non-profit research and education organisation focused on the built environment – presents data from the first ever comprehensive survey of leading property experts into understanding health and wellbeing. It looks at the way the wellbeing agenda is influencing investment decisions across the real estate industry.
Entitled, ‘Picture of health: the growing role of wellbeing in commercial real estate investment decision-making’, it reports on survey responses and interviews with more than 100 investors, developers, fund managers, consultants, valuers and analysts.
Of particular note is that 86% of the survey respondents expect to increase their investment in wellbeing in the next three years, with 17% anticipating this increase to be ‘significant’.
For Tamlite, a company that has long-championed the benefits of investment in more ‘human-centric’ approaches to building services, such as lighting, the survey’s key findings are welcomed, but not surprising.
Commenting on the report, head of wellbeing at Tamlite Lighting, Debbie-Sue Farrell, said: “Tamlite has spent the last 12 months talking to architects, consultants and building owners and operators about the benefits of investment in wellbeing. Clearly, we wanted to lay clear the commercial business case; a key message is that improvements to office environments, particularly in terms of lighting, offer a way to enhance UK workers’ daily experiences of the workplace.
“The feedback from our engagement with the market shows us that the agenda is moving on at some pace; more and more companies are now looking for new ways to enhance the workspaces they offer. It is therefore no surprise that the demand for ‘better spaces for better people’ is now shifting to building owners and real-estate investors. To stay competitive and attractive to tenants, commercial landlords simply have to provide the type of spaces that end users want. Wellbeing measures are one of the best ways to do this.”
Victoria Lockhart, co-chair of ULI UK’s Sustainability Forum and director of market development at the International WELL Building Institute, said: “The increased interest in health and wellbeing we are already seeing from major players in the real estate industry cements the fact that wellbeing is becoming central to development and investment strategies.
“As companies seek to attract top talent, wellbeing is increasingly prioritised as fundamental to environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors. Companies are looking closely at the workspaces they offer as well as how the workplace can help translate a company’s values and build a culture of health.”