COVID-19 workplace strategies


COVID-19 is changing the way we approach workplace design both reactively within existing spaces and in terms of future space planning and building design.

While each building and end-user will present a specific set of workplace circumstances, our studies in collaboration with client tenants and landlords are revealing a common set of strategic approaches to improve work place environments:


  • Rethink the way that collaborative spaces are used and examine the circulation of people within a floor plate to provide a more hygienic environment

  • Reconsider meeting spaces to reduce densities and incorporate virtual technology

  • Integrate more outdoor and multiple use spaces to enable social distancing

  • Implement planting and natural design elements which contribute to indoor air quality and increase well-being in the workplace

Air quality

  • Seek opportunities to introduce natural ventilation into spaces especially through openable windows at building perimeters, balconies and atria

  • Prioritise indoor air quality by programming air-filtration systems to maximise fresh air delivered through mechanically ducted air cycles

  • Optimise humidity within spaces to minimise the durability of viruses and contaminants


  • Specify 'smart' anti-microbial materials which are easy to maintain, resistant to mould and promote good indoor air quality

  • Increase the availability for handwashing and sanitation at common areas

  • Implement hands-free tools, automation and voice activation where possible

  • Implement screening facilities and entrances

  • Introduce 'clean-desk' policies to facilitate more effective building wide cleaning