17.03.2020

LHC’s Coronavirus COVID19 Response

Tuesday 17th March – LHC Design Coronavirus Update

With the updated Government advice regarding Coronavirus we want to share the measures we have put in place to ensure we continue to offer a high quality service to our clients, and that our staff can work safely with our clients, partners and stakeholders.

As a design consultancy the risks to our clients and supply chain are minimal. We have, however, taken the following actions to reduce the risk of spreading the virus:

  • Our offices will remain open for business as usual unless instructed otherwise by government bodies, but with minimal staffing. All team members who are able to do so will work from home, and we have systems in place to enable us to deliver our services to work for our clients.
  • Vulnerable staff will self-isolate in line with government guidelines. Isolated staff will continue to work from home and remain in regular contact with their clients and colleagues.
  • Current NHS advice has been shared with everyone within the company, so everyone is aware of and encouraged to take precautionary measures. Hand sanitisers and tissues are widely available throughout our offices for both staff, as well as suitable hand washing facilities.
  • If an individual staff member has symptoms or has contracted the virus then they will immediately self isolate in line with the NHS guidance. Workload and responsibilities will be assessed and redistributed amongst the wider LHC Design team.
  • We have appropriate IT systems in place to enable our staff to work remotely without disrupting our service to our clients.
  • We will not be attending face to face meetings for the duration of this crisis. We have facilities in place to meet via Phone, Skype, Microsoft Teams etc and will discuss how best to use these with our clients and consultant teams to ensure we continue to work effectively to meet client’s requirements.
  • Site visits will be reviewed and can continue to take place where they are essential, with appropriate measures to protect our team and others from potential infection.

The current situation is likely to continue to change quickly, and we are therefore continuing to monitor the potential implications very closely and will advise our clients of any issues that may impact upon their projects and will update our plans/advice where necessary.

Please contact the relevant LHC Design Project Lead if you have any queries regarding ongoing risks to projects arising from COVID 19, or any other matters.