COVID-19: Adapting to a new environment

14th July 2020

Updated 14th July

The world is a different place and we’re all adapting to new ways of working and living. We’re doing our bit to limit and delay the spread of the virus.

Covid-secure premises

We have reviewed the safety of all our premises and have made our offices Covid-secure.

It is still our policy to homework where we can. However, due to specific personal circumstances, a few of us are now starting to use some of our offices.

We’re afraid we still can’t invite you to visit us until the government changes guidance on social distancing. We will publish any visitor plans/procedures via this website when we are ready to receive you.

Staying connected

We’re maintaining regular contact with clients and colleagues so our services to you and your projects will continue unaffected.

  • If you need to contact us, please use direct dials (DDs) or mobile numbers.
  • If you contact any of us who are working flexibly outside conventional working hours or are temporarily furloughed, out of office messaging will identify alternative contacts.

Along with everyone else, we are conducting our meetings by Zoom, Skype, conference calls and other remote means instead of face to face.

We are still carrying out site inspections and site visits where appropriate, carefully following guidance from satisfactory Health & Safety Risk Assessments when on site.

We miss the short catch ups and the informal chats that happen when we get together – but we’re here at the other end of the line. And we’re starting to think about small outdoor networking events. We know how important it is to make time for each other.

Flexibility

We’ve completed internal surveys that have revealed how we want to work now and in the future. One thing is clear, there is a desire to work more flexibly and travel less.

We estimate half of our time will be spent in office post lockdown. We will continue to engage all our teams and invest in our IT infrastructure to allow the evolution to ‘Work Anywhere’.

Travel: Reducing our carbon impact

We have seen a dramatic reduction in business travel, and in turn, our own carbon footprint. We travelled a staggering 1.39million kms per annum pre-pandemic. Our aim is to maintain a lower carbon footprint. We are in the midst of setting a target reduction.

We think we’re not alone in wanting to keep travel to a minimum as the following new working practices aren’t affecting our standard of service:

  • Virtual site inspections
  • Interactive online workshops
  • Virtual design and project team meetings

Where appropriate, we will be pushing hard to keep these new practices for the future.

Join in the conversation

The past few months have really shown us what our industry can do when we all put our minds to it. We’re thinking about our capabilities for this new world and we’re hopeful for the long term sustainability of our planet and communities. It’s important to keep those conversations going.

We hope you’re enjoying our new series called Talking Spaces. If you want to join the conversations, please sign up and take part. Or catch up by following us on LinkedIn, Twitter, or Instagram.

If you have any queries relating to the above please contact David Hunter, Chairman.