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Essex office is model example

A Colchester building has become a model Covid-secure example for the UK’s biggest electricity network operator.

From Press releases - 26 May 2020 12:00 AM

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The office in Brunel Way has been made ready for UK Power Networks staff to safely return to the building in June. The company continues to allow its key workers to work from home wherever possible.

A video of the transformation has already been shown to the company’s 6,200 staff, who were taken on a virtual tour of the building to see the changed environment which will be copied across other sites.

New measures include a temperature check camera as people walk in, hygiene stations, step-and-pull levers on the bottom of doors so they can be opened by foot to avoid touching handles, a device that holds open a fire door and releases it in the event of a fire, social distancing signs on the floor, one-way staircases where possible and people will sit at desks more than two metres apart.

It also shows how government guidance has been followed to limit numbers in the break-out area and toilets as well reducing ‘touch points’ to make the building Covid-secure.

The video guide is presented by property services manager Alex Taylor. About 150 employees are usually based at Colchester, which is the first of more than 100 company sites across the East, South East and London, to have adaptations completed.

Peter Vujanic, head of safety at UK Power Networks said; “Safety is paramount for us. We are making a phased return to work for a number of our key workers who have been working from home, and providing a safe environment with social distancing is essential.

“We appreciate that some people might be feeling anxious about coming back to the workplace so we want to reassure them it is as safe as we can possibly make it. Personal responsibility also plays a part. We have worked closely with our trade union partners to make sure this is carried out in a safe way and the Colchester office is an example of how this can work on all our sites.”

You can view the video here