Health and wellbeing

Health and wellbeing

Healthy returns

The importance of health and wellbeing in buildings was clear before the pandemic, but the issue is under more public scrutiny than ever. Safety remains fundamental, along with a wider array of health and wellbeing goals which occupiers are calling for to meet their own obligations to staff, customers and other building users. The commercial risks to building occupiers and owners include reputational damage from sub-standard delivery, and asset obsolescence is a long-term possibility.

A broader diagnosis

The safety of buildings has never been more high profile than following the Grenfell fire, and the government’s pledge to introduce “the biggest change in building safety for a generation”. But in addition to the fundamental safety of buildings, a wider view of health and wellbeing will be essential to a commercially valuable building.

The long-term trend for wellbeing has become more clearly defined through the pandemic: buildings must be demonstrably healthy for users. Moreover, benefits should be clear to visitors and inhabitants, especially for those returning after a period away from the workplace, retailer, leisure venue or another commercial space which will be looking to increase usage.

Wellbeing factors including air quality, thermal comfort, water quality, lighting and the use of healthy materials can all contribute to that outcome. However, these are not strictly superficial improvements, involving close thought and specialist input to the design and management of a space.

Early engagement of wellbeing specialists is important to set the right goals against best practice rather than building regulations or current market standards alone. Working with project teams and engineers, those high standards can be implemented, maintained and enhanced through a building’s life.

For project teams and building users alike, transparency is critical. Clear information such as material specifications and building services operation and maintenance plans will help teams hit the right objectives and to provide occupants with the right data too.

Do you think there is more you should know about how your buildings impact the people who use them?

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How we can help


Creating healthy and nurturing environments requires collaboration with a range of experts and stakeholders. We support our clients with a practical understanding of how to apply the latest health and wellbeing knowledge, including our range of certification tools and bespoke, multi-disciplinary approach.

Building Defect Investigation

Design deficiencies, improper operation, poor construction, lack of maintenance or statutory compliance issues can all compromise building safety, health and wellbeing. We can help quickly and accurately diagnose the cause(s) of failure, rather than just the symptoms.

M&E Consultancy

M&E building services drive the basic functionality of a building, and contribute to occupant well-being too. Our design and maintenance solutions optimise quality of light, air, water and technology infrastructure to support the best building user experience as well as sustainability and energy efficiency objectives.

We’re here to help

For more information on how we can help your organisation improve building performance for more valuable and resilient assets, please get in touch with our expert team today.