Skanska’s Hungarian HQ awarded WELL Health and Safety certificate

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Skanska’s HQ office in Hungary, located in the Nordic Light office complex, received a WELL Health & Safety certification, according to a press release sent to the Budapest Business Journal.

The certification is an evidence-based third-party verified rating for all building and space types, designed to help owners and operators to prepare safer spaces for their tenants, visitors, and other stakeholders going back to the offices in a post-pandemic environment.

Skanska was the first developer in Europe that has achieved WELL Health-Safety rating for eight buildings in Poland, Romania and the Czech Republic. The company says that it intends to pursue the certification for all its new projects.

By receiving certification for its Hungarian HQ, Skanska now has WELL Health & Safety Rating for Facility Operations and Management for its headquarters across CEE countries.

Skanska’s office in Budapest consists of 480 sqm, its interior design was created by the Hungarian architecture studio LAB5 in cooperation with the developer, with special focus on the well-being of office users, functionality, and greenery, based on Skanska’s vision of sustainable and future-proof office environment.

Inspired by the developer’s Swedish roots, the office aims at providing a natural and relaxing atmosphere with the integration of plants and trees as space dividers and quality sustainable materials.

”During the headquarters’ certification process, various categories have been evaluated such as cleaning and sanitation, emergency preparedness programs, health service resources, air and water quality management, stakeholder engagement and communication and innovation. Our office in Budapest achieved remarkable results for 18 features in all aforementioned categories, developing improved cleaning practices and procedures for reduced surface contact, monitoring and treating air and water quality, and securing a plan for healthy re-entry to the office area," said András Schmidt, Sustainability Manager of Skanska’s commercial development business unit in Hungary.

"Office work is crucial in securing business continuity, teamwork and collaboration give a boost to innovation - and they rather happen in person. But it is also important to have workspaces that are safe to use, and this new certification is proof for the safety of our people, every day," he added.

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