Choosing new office space to BOOST business performance

What if you could be convinced that the right choice of future office for your business could positively affect its accelerated growth, attract the best and brightest to your doors, directly contribute to reducing staff turnover, and improve your workplace productivity to the point that your office rental costs are completely offset?

Would that be worth exploring?
Purchase the book


  • Business’s make, or should make, strategic decisions everyday – short or long term. Tactical decisions aimed at growing the value and market positioning their company. Principally these decisions are financially based, focussed on core business and productivity, and aimed at better management and operational outcomes. Rarely, do these same principles apply to the association of office accommodation and productivity/bottom line returns. Darren Bilsborough’s well researched, practical and insightful guide makes this case powerfully and succinctly and is a must for any Chairman, CEO or CFO as they prepare to make major accommodation decisions for their business. Bilsborough’s long and varied experience, practical expertise and strategic intelligence comes across as an unique approach an often overlooked component of best practice business thinking.

     Bryan – Amazon Review
  • This book takes the obvious aspects of relocating to new premises (why, what, how, where, when), and incorporates them into these aspects of business strategy, connecting office characteristics with productivity and marketing. It is brilliantly simple and as useful for a small operation as a large one. Support is available, both generic and tailored and costed accordingly. I don’t know why anyone considering a move wouldn’t read this first. It can be done on a plane flight. I guarantee that you’ve never thought about your office this strategically. So many years building offices and running businesses has obviously given the author a unique appreciation of what buildings can and should do for a business.

    Erik – Amazon Review
  • Are you involved in making decisions on your organization’s real estate needs? If so, this is an ideal book to help guide you. However, it is more than that. It is also a critical text for all in leadership positions as it puts the decisions in a more thought provoking and strategic, business context. It is written clearly in a logical, easy to read format which will assist those with limited time. The author is well qualified and has practical experience which I’m sure everyone who reads this book will find helpful.

    Terry – Amazon Review
  • This book flips the often arduous and under-resourced search for office space around into an opportunity for significant benefits felt throughout all levels of your business. Darren’s vast insight and experience comes through clearly but is easily read and digested resulting in multiple “why didn’t I think of that” moments. If you are involved in office leasing or at management level in any business you will kick yourself if you don’t read this book and reap the rewards of the edge you will gain from it.

    Joe – Amazon Review

What You’ll Learn

This book demystifies the language of commercial real estate and building engineering to allow a CEO, COO or decision maker for corporate real estate choices to be informed and in-charge of negotiations for critical elements to be included in the leasing options for the company. Currently there is no resource available that succinctly articulates the advantages and disadvantages associated with the multitude of options available in the commercial office marketplace.

Don’t Worry About the Rent provides the answers to questions for anyone looking for office space or working in the commercial office property sector.

Reading through the book you will be led to evaluate the four elements of risk, then reframe them as areas of opportunity for your business and answer the following questions.

  • Strategic

    How does the selection of my office best suit the business that I am in?

  • Reputation

    How can my choice of office enhance my brand and positively affect my clients?

  • Operational

    How can my choice of office increase operational efficiency and workplace productivity?

  • Resource

    How can my choice of office attract the best and brightest staff to my business and keep them happy and healthy?

Overview of Don’t Worry About The Rent

You can also download the full first two chapters of “Dont’ Worry About The Rent: Choosing new office space to boost business performance” for free here. Don’t forget to come back and purchase the eBook or hard copy once you are done!

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Chapter 3

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Chapter 4

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Joe Lenzo – Executive Director, WA Division of Property Council of Australia

Darren Bilsborough possesses a diverse skillset encompassing engineering, architecture, professional services, management consultancy and academia provides him with a unique way of viewing problems and solutions. In ‘Don’t Worry About the Rent’ Darren makes use of his diverse professional experience to align an organisation’s business goals with the opportunity offered by the right type of office space.


Mark Searle – Former CEO for City of Marion

Read on and engage with Darren – his profound and creative insight will challenge you to discover the elusive determinants creating substantial value in your life, working life and/or business.

Dr. Felicity Lewis – Former Mayor – City of Marion

Darren is a creative thinker driven by his desire to find new ways of doing business. I have found him to be insightful and able to assist in the development of strategic thinking – by problem-posing and provoking. A focus on the critical success factors is a skill which Darren brings to his work.


Peter Verwer – CEO Asia Pacific Real Estate Association

Darren Bilsborough is master of both the science and art of asset management. This insightful book unveils practical approaches to managing and occupying buildings that will unlock hidden value and boost business returns.

David Parken – CEO Australian Institute of Architects

Darren is one of the few people who has joined up all the dots from the tenant’s point of view to focus on enabling excellent business, people and cultural outcomes. It makes so much sense as rental costs as generally only a small fraction of the staffing costs of most businesses today.


Dr. Chris Daniels PhD – Professor of Urban Ecology, UniSA

Darren is not just a strategic thinker in the robust, even routine, sense of the word. He also looks at situations from different, unusual, and sometimes down-right quirky angles. Take his new book, here Darren examines the importance of selecting the right office accommodation for your business and demonstrates how this single choice, so often made in a rush and without consideration, will often determine the extent or likelihood of the business’s success.

Andrew Petersen – CEO of Sustainable Business Australia

This book is a must-read as it provides important practical insights on improving the performance of a business through the use of architectural design. Darren provides a number of helpful ideas on how to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of a business, while maintaining a safe and happy work environment. I found myself eager to read more and learn. Whether it be starting your own company or expanding an existing one, this book will help to land your feet on the ground and take that next step.


Michael Pesch – Regional Director NSW, WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff

Darren has the outrageous ability to challenge broadly-accepted principles in our way of thinking and presenting compelling suggestions as to why we should reconsider some of our established conventions. No less so with his latest publication which questions our pre-conceived ideas about our workspace. In this age of establishing new work ecologies, Darren makes the compelling argument that choosing the right office space makes perfect business sense and provides an opportunity to empower our people to thrive.

Craig Shute – (former) Senior MD CBRE, HK, Macau & Taiwan

Quite simply, utilising these tools will help brokers engage with their clients, become more efficient, win more mandates and make more money.


About The Author

Darren is an author and strategic consultant working in the built environment and the commercial property industry. He provides advice on a range of issues from urban governance and integrated design management, to scoping building upgrades for reLifing existing buildings and advising tenants on how their next choice of office space could influence the success of their business.


Darren Bilsborough


Darren has spent over 20 years at Managing Director and Director Level of both Architectural and Engineering companies including board positions with the Green Building Council of Australia and the SA Division Council of the Property Council of Australia. He was honoured to have been nominated in the “Engineer’s Atlas” in Architectural Record as one of the 70 greatest mechanical and structural engineers of all time from around the world. Fortunate to have been one of only 3 people nominated from Australia on that list, he was also an Adjunct Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University in WA, has worked with former Vice-President of the United States, Al Gore and has been acknowledged as one of the “founding fathers” of the green building movement in Australia.


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Choosing new office space to BOOST business performance

What if you could be convinced that the right choice of future office for your business could positively affect its accelerated growth, attract the best and brightest to your doors, directly contribute to reducing staff turnover, and improve your workplace productivity to the point that your office rental costs are completely offset?

Would that be worth exploring?
Purchase the book

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