Online shopping and automation are just two of the mega trends hitting the warehouse and manufacturing industries. The disruption is causing a rethink on site strategy, and it's also inspiring some unique factory designs.
When factories win global design awards for, among other things, innovation, sustainability, and staff wellbeing, it's clear the executives of organisations who commission these work places consider industrial property to be more than a humble shed.
"Centre" might be a more apt description for some of the newest industrial workplaces. They often incorporate office, retail, training and tourism space alongside traditional manufacturing divisions.
The industrial sector has evolved greatly since the start of this century. One important driver is the online shopping trend, which may cut out some bricks and mortar retailers from the supply chain, but is also creating a logistics-led building boom.
Here are some of the trends and innovations that are changing the future of the factory.