We are perhaps living in a time when “Covid compliancy” is a selling point in property, just as much as location and interior design.
Developers REDD and designers Formation Architects believe this wholeheartedly, and what this looks like can be seen in their development, 82 Mount Street.
So let’s take a peek inside London’s first apartment block designed for “Covid era” life.
Work from home
The £40 million development has taken the new normality of work from home into consideration. The layout of the four apartments and top level duplex have all been worked to accommodate home working. The duplex has a dedicated office room while the two bed apartments have a large desk in the reception room of each. The building will also have access to “commercial grade” broadband.
With a heightened awareness of Covid transmitting through touch, the lifts are operable without a single touch needed. How? The residents’ key fobs are automatically detected by the technology within the lift and are told which floor to go to. There is also a voice control so residents can direct the lift to pick up guests.
The developers plan to install internal air filters, which will be fitted to sift out bacteria and virus.
Russell Smithers, REDD’s managing director, said: “This is not just about covid, there is now more all round awareness of germs and how we can live more hygienically.”
The reception area will also be airy in a sense of space. It’s designed to allow for easy social distancing.
Handrails in staircases and lifts are a legal safety requirement. One clever way of making these surfaces unfriendly to the Covid virus, is by finishing them in copper. The virus is believed to survive just a few hours on copper, whereas it can survive days on other metals.
Currently in development, work on 82 Mount Street is expected to start this autumn and be completed by the end of 2021.