Author

Chloe Shearman

Date

28-05-2020

Location

Plus X Brighton

How we are keeping our community of ambitious creators and innovators safe at Plus X Brighton

At Plus X Brighton, we are consistently activating a strategy that prioritises safety and flexibility. Our team has worked meticulously with health and safety advisors to create a six-pillar action plan to ensure the safety and wellness of our community.

 

1) Giving you the space you need

We have 53,000 sq ft of space at Plus X Brighton, which presents a unique opportunity to provide the working area people need right now. We have reduced the number of workstations, limited chairs in coworking areas and designed the furniture to support two meter distancing. The capacity of smaller areas, such as our kitchens, will be communicated using clear signage. 

Our innovation hub offers three stairwells, meaning that members can move around the building at a safe distance from other members. Our two lifts will be kept free for those who need them, maintaining a one person per lift rule. 

To access our coworking space, users will need to book a desk in advance and we will ensure no more than one person in a day will use that desk, with a strict cleaning regime in-between.

 

2) Creating flexibility 

We are enhancing flexibility to help businesses grow in these challenging times. For a limited time, our studio memberships now come with 40% extra capacity of complimentary member passes*, giving you the flexibility to rotate when your team members are in the office. This flexibility is also extended across all our membership options, with monthly rolling contracts* on all memberships (including studios!).

Our comprehensive AV system has been upgraded to allow for seamless virtual collaboration with WiredScore Certified: Platinum WiFi connectivity, webcasting facility and teleconferencing booths. Meaning that you can enter your virtual meetings, collaboration sessions and webinars with confidence in your connection. 

 

3) Enhanced cleaning and prioritising hygiene

As well as daily lunchtime cleans, our cleaning contractors carry out a thorough and daily professional cleaning of the space, making sure the building is ready for you in the morning. Our Front of House team are equipped with approved cleaning products to carry out regular cleaning of all of the building’s touch points. This includes kettles, door touch pads, handles, kitchen equipment, coffee machines and arm rests.   

It’s important that we all continue to wash our hands regularly for at least twenty seconds to stop the spread of the virus. We have also placed touch free hand sanitisers at the building’s entrance to keep away cross contamination.  

 

4) Protecting our community

When you walk into our innovation hub, you are greeted by a member of the Plus X team equipped with a visor to keep themselves (and the wider population of the building) safe. Our team has undertaken training by health and safety experts to maintain safe interactions with guests during this time and check you into the building contact-free. Additional signage throughout the building advises on our new house rules and safety procedures to keep the Plus X community safe.

Signed, sealed, protected – We are taking extra precaution with the sending and receiving of post to the building. Parcels will be taken to a dedicated postage room and cleaned. 

To encourage the use of public transport alternatives, we have Brighton Bike codes to enable you to cycle in and out of town for free*. Where transport to the building via bike or foot is not an option, we advise staggered start and finish times to avoid the busier commute times. 

Our procedures are comprehensive, but every plan must take emergency into consideration. In the event of a suspected case, we have trained first aiders with PPE.

We have partnered with Peninsula (who supported us to develop these water-tight safety procedures) to give our members a discount on their Covid-19 risk assessment, making it super easy for you to be in compliance with the procedures to keep your team safe.

 

5) Track and Trace

As well as signing in every visitor to Plus X Brighton, we have posters with the Track and Trace QR code displayed throughout the building. It’s important to us that we monitor the local situation so that we can continue to safeguard our community effectively.

 

6) Supporting your wellbeing

As champions of wellbeing, we recognise that health safeguarding during this time must include supporting a positive mental mindset. Plus X Brighton is on track to achieve WELL Building Standards: Platinum, making it the healthiest shared work space in the UK. We are proud to be a mental health first aid trained team, here for members to reach out to whenever needed.

Our roof terrace, AIRSPACE, is available for members to take a moment of calm. Encompassing lush scenery, edible planting and views from the South Downs to the sea, the rooftop is the perfect place to grab some downtime or have a socially distanced meeting in the sunshine. This space will remain for members only until it is safe to open to the wider community. 

Plus X Brighton was designed by architects Studio Egret West with human health at the forefront. Inspiring architecture paired with motivating colours gets your creative juices flowing. Floor to ceiling windows supports your circadian cycles for improved sleep health.

On Monday mornings and Friday afternoons, members can also join our yoga sessions with Natasha K Richardson. These support you to ease into and out of the week with mindfulness and clarity. 

   

As we continue to look towards a time where these measures are confined to the past, these rules mean that we can operate a safe work space and continue to champion collaboration and community

 

If you would like to get in touch to find out more, please email [email protected] or book a phone chat.

 

*Complimentary memberships for studios will expire in January 2021
*Free bike codes will be a limited offer and are subject to change

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