Touch-free future for post-Covid office

22 Jun 2020

HFD Group, the developer of 177 Bothwell Street, is implementing a series of health and wellbeing measures, reflecting post-Covid-19 working life.

With human touch identified as a major factor in transmission, all the building's 'touch-points' have been reviewed. Occupiers will reach their chosen floor - via reception, security turnstiles, and lifts - without having to touch any part of the building's exterior or interior, whether they arrive by foot, bike or car.

Visitors' mobile devices will be pre-accredited, allowing them to operate security gates and lifts with an app, while touchless, app-activated lighting will remove the need to physically operate switches.

Water, soap, hand-drying and toilet flushing will be fitted with sensors, removing the need for touch.

Meanwhile, 177 Bothwell Street's ventilation system is being reviewed to incorporate new filtering methods and enhance heat recovery safety. Underfloor heating will replace air-based systems, particularly in small, high-density areas, delivering 100% fresh air ventilation without recirculating air.

Set to complete in mid 2021, a large section of 177 Bothwell Street has been pre-let to Virgin Money, while HFD Group's serviced offices business will occupy 65,000 sq. ft.