On 23 May, we hosted a panel discussion on Health and Wellbeing in the Built Environment, in Hong Kong. We have provided a short summary of the presentations below. To view the presentations, please click on the presenters name. (Note: Unfortunately, Citi's presentation is not available for distribution)
David Armitage, Project Director, Citi Group - David talked about the high priority Citi Leadership and staff placed on sustainability issues and health and wellbeing in the office and how this resulted in the decision to attempt WELL Certification. David also explained the high impact the working environment has on the ability to retain, support and attract key staff. The positive feedback from staff and management upon completion was also outlined.
Ellie Tang, Head of Sustainability - New World Development Company shared the drivers behind adopting WELL as a Developer. New World Development Company wanted to go above market expectations and offer bespoke meaningful and memorable lifestyle experiences, creating communities as well as nicely designed homes or offices.
Chris Kwan, Senior Project Manager - LINK Real Estate Investment Trust focused on the environmental aspect of LINK’s sustainability framework. Using existing data on the environment in Hong Kong, LINK were able to focus on key design challenges such as improving air quality to assist them in achieving WELL Gold pre-certification. They also shared a stakeholder survey they had conducted and highlighting a demand for healthy office environments in Hong Kong, hence their decision for their current project in Kwun Tong.
Amie Shuttleworth, Global Head of Sustainability – Cundall talked about the changes we can make as designers and we should be going beyond just looking at health and wellbeing. We need to be more human centric in the way we design and we are striving for all of our projects to have a net environment and health positive impact in the future. She also shared post occupancy financial figures (ROI) for their London office, One Carter Lane, which were able to recoup the extra costs for a WELL Gold Certified fit out in the first quarter of operation.
Stefano Tronci, Associate Architect - Woods Bagot explained their system called Superspace, which researches and analyses communities’ behaviors, and enables us to design from the inside out, placing the ultimate user’s wellbeing and comfort at the center of our design. He shared case studies from around the Asia Pacific region identifying how biophilic, passive and human centric design create innovative and successful operating built environments.
Emma Harvey, Group Sustainability and CSR Manager - Gammon Construction talked about the requirement and challenges they face as a contractor, particularly aspects during construction such as health, safety and wellbeing. Gammon are taking proactive steps providing health checks, healthy site accommodation and facilities, as well as monitoring air quality during the construction of projects.
For more information on the event, please contact Amie Shuttleworth - firstname.lastname@example.org
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