Covid-19 Portal

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Designing through Covid-19 and beyond

The world is currently experiencing unprecedented changes and challenges, with a rapid shift to working from home highlighting opportunities, limitations, and possible implications for the future. In tandem, this shift has generated a societal shift in values, while offering more clarity on the benefits—and indeed the necessity—of physical, communal spaces that bring people together to live, work and play.

As restrictions begin to lift, and life begins transitioning back into the physical world, we can re-envision our workplaces, leisure spaces, schools and homes to reflect these societal shifts and the evolving convergence of life into less siloed spaces. This requires both a pragmatic and personal approach, while also ensuring safety, optimising wellness, and promoting sustainability.

Sheppard Robson and ID:SR are passionate about understanding this transition, and this Portal collates together our research, guidelines, case-studies and commentary on designing through Covid-19 and into the future.

The office will continue to be a vital part of our lives. In an interview with Dezeen's Tom Ravenscroft, Helen Berresford, Partner and Head of ID:SR, discusses how the coronavirus pandemic will not kill the office, but instead we will still see some striking changes when we return to work.

The office will continue to be a vital part of our lives. In an interview with Dezeen's Tom Ravenscroft, Helen Berresford, Partner and Head of ID:SR, discusses how the coronavirus pandemic will not kill the office, but instead we will still see some striking changes when we return to work.

It’s so tempting to make bold claims about revolutions in the office, but I think we are more likely to see accelerated evolution of the themes we were seeing in the workplace before the pandemic – flexibility and a choice of how and where to work.

Helen Berresford RIBA

Partner, Head of ID:SR

Claire Haywood, Partner, discusses how the pandemic may impact on the once thriving UK retail and hospitality sector, noting that just as the government has, all of us in the construction industry need to think creatively and rapidly to ensure that our high streets are fit for purpose and that they respond to the changing nature of how we want to inhabit the spaces around us.

Claire Haywood, Partner, discusses how the pandemic may impact on the once thriving UK retail and hospitality sector, noting that just as the government has, all of us in the construction industry need to think creatively and rapidly to ensure that our high streets are fit for purpose and that they respond to the changing nature of how we want to inhabit the spaces around us.

Alison O’Reilly, Head of Sustainability, reviews some of Sheppard Robson and ID:SR’s experiences and research on safe workplace reoccupation during COVID-19.

Alison O’Reilly, Head of Sustainability, reviews some of Sheppard Robson and ID:SR’s experiences and research on safe workplace reoccupation during COVID-19.

Social distancing and slashed budgets are transforming the Higher Education sector, writes Rupert Goddard, Partner at Sheppard Robson, for the Architects' Journal.

Social distancing and slashed budgets are transforming the Higher Education sector, writes Rupert Goddard, Partner at Sheppard Robson, for the Architects' Journal.

In an interview with HomeViews about the design philosophy that helped make the Duet development in Manchester the site's highest-rated building, Helen Berresford speaks on the impact of Covid-19 on wellness and the convergence of home and office, answering the question: How will Covid-19 change the way we design living spaces in the future?

In an interview with HomeViews about the design philosophy that helped make the Duet development in Manchester the site's highest-rated building, Helen Berresford speaks on the impact of Covid-19 on wellness and the convergence of home and office, answering the question: How will Covid-19 change the way we design living spaces in the future?

Helen Berresford, Partner and Head of ID:SR, writes for Property Week about how the prolonged period of working from home (WFH) induced by COVID-19 may affect the future of workplace design.

Helen Berresford, Partner and Head of ID:SR, writes for Property Week about how the prolonged period of working from home (WFH) induced by COVID-19 may affect the future of workplace design.

Alan Bainbridge, Director of Workplace and Corporate Real Estate at the BBC, writes for Property Week about working with ID:SR to reoccupy the BBC's offices, building on the idea of creating legible, intuitive internal masterplans within buildings to minimise the risks that Covid-19 presents. "In my time at the BBC, I have led many highly complex change programmes. Our reoccupation strategy during the Covid-19 pandemic has brought a unique set of challenges and high-pressure timeframes."

Alan Bainbridge, Director of Workplace and Corporate Real Estate at the BBC, writes for Property Week about working with ID:SR to reoccupy the BBC's offices, building on the idea of creating legible, intuitive internal masterplans within buildings to minimise the risks that Covid-19 presents. "In my time at the BBC, I have led many highly complex change programmes. Our reoccupation strategy during the Covid-19 pandemic has brought a unique set of challenges and high-pressure timeframes."

The consequences of Covid-19 should motivate, not distract us, from designing a decarbonised future. Sheppard Robson's Head of Sustainability, Alison O'Reilly, writes for the Architects' Journal on how the ‘silver lining’ consequences of Covid-19 should motivate architects to design a more sustainable world.

The consequences of Covid-19 should motivate, not distract us, from designing a decarbonised future. Sheppard Robson's Head of Sustainability, Alison O'Reilly, writes for the Architects' Journal on how the ‘silver lining’ consequences of Covid-19 should motivate architects to design a more sustainable world.

Helen Berresford speaks to David Taylor of the New London Quarterly on what office reoccupation may look like, commenting "there has to be more flexibility of occupancy to make the most of that central organisation and to get more people into the central office."

Helen Berresford speaks to David Taylor of the New London Quarterly on what office reoccupation may look like, commenting "there has to be more flexibility of occupancy to make the most of that central organisation and to get more people into the central office."

SR reflects on… How will prolonged WFH impact office design? Will working from home become more popular thus fundamentally change the way we use offices? Will people appreciate the office as a social hub more—if so, how will spaces adapt to cater for this? Or perhaps you think that nothing will really change in the long-term? Here we share a few of our thoughts.