COVID-19 Workplace Strategies
Sep 02, 2020
As we contemplate a potential return to our offices, it is clear that the return is not going to be straightforward. At Oberlanders we have been working out the jigsaw puzzles for some time and while our Oxford, Ardgay and Galashiels studios
needed relatively simple adaptations, we quickly realised that our Edinburgh studio does not fully lend itself to being 2m rule compliant.
We are therefore closely watching government guidance to ensure that when we are allowed to return, we do so safely. There is only so much we can do to alter our Edinburgh accommodation – a 4 storey listed Georgian townhouse – so for now we will continue to be creative in terms of remote working, ever hopeful that we will soon see a phased return to work. A return that will no doubt involve a continued percentage of working from home but hopefully combined with physically seeing our colleagues for the first time in six months.
For our clients we have started working with them to guide them through how they can work with their accommodation to create safe spaces. Phil Macdonald (Managing Partner) and Jeannine Baker-Wilson (Senior Associate - Oxford) are currently leading a series of workshops for the James Hutton Institute to help them look at the implications of the current COVID-19 pandemic on their workplace strategy, specifically their research laboratories and other specialist scientific facilities.
The workshops will explore the key issues and themes emerging from the pandemic, review case study examples from UK research facilities and outline the practical implications of these issues on the Institute’s existing campuses in Dundee and Aberdeen. They will also investigate the Implications for our ongoing work on the new International Barley Hub and Advanced Plant Growth Centre, part of a major £60m redevelopment of their Dundee campus through the Tay Cities Deal.