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Covid-19 response – 17th March 2020 -updated 24th March.
In line with current Government guidelines the level of staffing the Hayward Architects office has been significantly reduced, with many staff members working from home. All of our staff can remotely access our systems including emails whilst at home within a secure IT environment. We are also able to redirect work phone lines to employee mobile phones where necessary.
Employee and client safety
The health, safety and well-being of our staff and clients is of paramount importance to us. We are therefore closely monitoring and implementing official guidelines from the Government and health organisations in respect of COVID-19. Specific actions taken include:
We are asking staff to stay at home and self-isolate in line with current guidance.
We have asked staff to consider business and personal travel and meetings. We recognise that many clients will also want to minimise their travel and face-to-face contact during this period and therefore we can facilitate meetings by telephone, video conferencing and Teams/Skype.
In the current circumstances, we believe that facilitating meetings by video conference or telephone is best practice but we remain responsive to client needs in reasonable and appropriate circumstances.
In the event of surveys and meetings that need to take place in person, we will telephone prior to attending the meeting to ensure that you are happy to meet and where possible we will only send one person to attend the meeting to reduce the level of face-to-face contact. Social Distancing guidelines will be observed in line with government guidance.
The coronavirus outbreak is clearly a constantly evolving situation both in terms of infection rates and the impact on our clients and employees alike. While we cannot predict when the outbreak will peak and/or start to subside, we hope that the disruption will ultimately be short-lived.
In the meantime, we want to reassure you that we are taking sensible precautions to minimise the potential impact of coronavirus on our clients and staff while ensuring it is business as usual during this busy period.