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A UK first for Arlington Business Park

March 2019 in News

Arlington Business Park is the first UK business park to be awarded Fitwel certification, achieving two stars for wellbeing excellence.

Workman has successfully guided Patron Capital and APAM’s Arlington Business Park through the Fitwel accreditation process, making it the UK’s first asset of this kind to achieve this certification.

Through the combination of an engaged asset manager, a proactive on-site team and a centrally controlled project management process administered by Workman’s Sustainability and Wellbeing team, Arlington Business Park was able to benchmark its health and wellbeing performance before developing a number of strategies to improve it.

Through an evidence-based 12 section system, Fitwel certifies the wellness credentials of buildings and their surroundings based on criteria such as:

  • Policies encouraging the use of stairwells over lifts,
  • Access to green spaces,
  • Provision of standing desks
  • Indoor and outdoor amenities such as fitness and gym rooms and walking trails. 

The Fitwel standard provides a blueprint for making positive changes that are scientifically proven to enhance wellbeing and occupier health.

Nick Hobbs, Workman’s Sustainability and Wellbeing Manager commented: “We are seeing an increased focus on occupier health and wellbeing across our managed properties and the wider industry. Along with the team at Arlington Business Park, we are very proud to have collaborated closely with Fitwel throughout the accreditation process to undertake the first certification of a UK business park. For us, not only was it important to gain the Fitwel certification for ABP, but also to use the strategies to make sure we were managing the building with health and wellbeing in mind. Fitwel has enabled us to achieve this.”

Ben Dickins, Real Estate Asset Manager at APAM, commented: “The adoption of this world-leading certification is testament to our strategy of improving employee wellbeing by using best in class design, tech initiatives and building a strong tenant community. We have recently placed a renewed focus on both mental and physical health, successfully introducing a whole range of new initiatives such as working with StepJockey to implement active design strategies to encourage stair use as well as creating a new garden allotment for occupiers to use, which were greatly received by our business park community.’’

Reena Agarwal, COO Center for Active Design (operator of Fitwel) commented: “By achieving the highest score for the current Multi-Tenant Base Building Scorecard for Arlington Business Park, Workman LLP, Patron Capital, and APAM have demonstrated global leadership in creating health-promoting workplaces for occupiers. We are thrilled that these Fitwel’s UK users continue to be at the forefront of building health.”

Fitwel has been embraced by developers and workplace strategists and is part of the growing trend to promote healthy workplaces.

In Europe, there is more than 4.6 million sq. ft. of office space currently seeking Fitwel certification and over 130 individuals registered as Fitwel Ambassadors.