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Wellbeing at Work: the theory and the practice

MCS27.09.16___133_of_963_Whilst much has been written about the impact construction has on the environment what has not been widely discussed is the positive impact buildings can have on occupants. However, this is about to change, environments that support and encourage employee wellbeing are rapidly becoming a ‘must have’ for prime office developments, but we can all benefit from features that will help improve the quality of our workplaces.

The impact of buildings on their occupants is already high on the construction agenda in the USA - the International WELL Building Institute and the Green Health Partnership, a research and development initiative between the University of Virginia School of Medicine – have a mission to improve human health and wellbeing in buildings and communities across the world.

The International WELL Building Institute claims that ‘wellness’ is the next trillion-dollar industry which can help businesses play an integral role in improving the health and wellbeing of employees and reap the benefits from a greater return on investment from a healthier and happier workforce.

The WELL Building Standard is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and wellbeing, through air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind. Research indicates that productivity increases, absenteeism reduces and concentration improves. While these outcomes are difficult to measure, a clear benefit from WELL Certification is a demonstrable badge which differentiates one workplace from another. This will attract staff and improve staff retention.

Cundall - an international multi-disciplinary consultancy – relocated to their new London office at One Carter Lane, and gained the title of the first building in Europe to achieve WELL Certification through the WELL Building Standard.

Cundall Associate Director, Paul Chatwin, will introduce the concept of healthy buildings at the Midlands Construction Summit, taking place on 14 November 2017 at the National Conference Centre, Birmingham. The presentation will include ‘the real experience’ of delivering the UK’s first WELL Gold certified office when Cundall relocated their London office in 2015 as well as the recent Birmingham office expansion and their plans to achieve Gold/Platinum rating. 

Paul Chatwin will be joined at the Midlands Construction Summit by an outstanding speaker line-up that includes: Robin Lapish, Supply Chain Manager – HS2; Joshua Southern, Associate Director - KPMG; Ann Bentley, Global Chairman - Rider Levett Bucknall; Mark Farmer, Founding Director & CEO – CAST; Lorraine Gregory, Partnership Manager – CITB. For the full list of speakers go to:

This combined conference and exhibition will guide and help the Midlands built environment sector to define their route map for grasping the strategic opportunities in a lively and structured way, allowing for plenty of input from industry leaders and their suppliers coalescing around a range of key themes. Tickets cost £95 + vat and include entry into the conference and exhibition, parking, refreshments and lunch - to find our more or to secure your place at the Midlands Construction Summit go to: