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Covid-proofing our Interiors

By February 10, 2021D3 News

Who said covid-proofing had to be ugly?


We are in a very strange time, and currently in Lockdown 3; but with the vaccine being rolled out, we are seeing the light at the end of the (covid shaped) tunnel. When we do return to work, our schools, colleges and offices will need to provide a level of security, social distancing and screening to help keep us safe, and allow a smooth transition from home to work.

But who said covid-proofing had to be ugly?

Take two of our recent projects. In preparation for normal life within these Covid times, Network Rail Milton Keynes and Illumina Centre Cambridge, came to us asking for a solution to tackle the problems faced by many commercial spaces.

Illumina Centre – we introduced new mobile counters which tie in perfectly with the existing Winter Garden Café. These allow for the relatively small servery to be extended, providing social distancing, as well as more ambient and display space. A new enlarged cashier counter meant that two self-service tills were operational, allowing for a more efficient customer journey. These counters will work now and in to the future, with the new design adding flexibility for the team, as well as a more enjoyable experience for the customer.

Network Rail – the existing counter consisted of one large circular servery. But this posed the problem of one large queue forming. D3 reconfigured the counters to allow for two new customer flows to be formed. The introduction of a large timber slatted screen created a social distancing barrier, and by removing a deli counter and introducing new ambient display, the counter now provides a coffee bar and a main servery. This flexibility will increase sales, as well as easing congestion, and creating a safe, yet beautiful space.