Connect Derby managed workspaces to reopen for business
By: Connect Derby
Since Connect Derby buildings were closed at the end of March, the team has been providing help and support to its 190 tenants who have been facing an uncertain time and hope the reopening will provide the city with a welcome boost that will support its recovery.
The reopening follows the creation of a robust Covid-19 risk assessment based on government guidance for office-based workers and buildings, which was approved by Derby City Council's health and safety policy group on 28 May. Connect Derby is the first Derby City Council service to be given the greenlight to reopen.
There will be a cautious, two phased approach to the reopening of the Connect Derby buildings, which include Friar Gate Studios, Sadler Bridge Studios, Riverside Chambers, Marble Hall, Kings Chambers, Shot Tower and the iHub innovation centre on Infinity Park.
Phase one will take the form of a partial opening with reduced business activity from Monday 8 June.
A one-way system for accessing and leaving buildings will be introduced. Access to buildings will be for tenants and their employees only. Meeting room usage will be restricted to tenants for internal meetings only. Reception will operate an afternoon service only. Details of the services to be offered by the onsite cafes will be announced shortly.
Phase two will see full business activity commence on 1 July 2020. Buildings will be accessible to all tenants and their visitors. External visitors are permitted to use meeting rooms, subject to social distancing measures. Reception will return to normal operating hours, with café services dependant on government guidelines.
Commenting on the reopening, Councillor Matthew Holmes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Planning and Transportation, said:
"We are very pleased that the Connect Derby buildings will be open for business again soon. The seven managed workspaces play a key role in promoting entrepreneurship in the city and this is one of the first steps in the recovery of Derby's economy."
Ann Bhatti, head of Connect Derby, added:
"The reopening of the Connect Derby buildings and services provides businesses in Derby some hope that life is slowly getting back to normal.
"The Connect Derby team has compiled a robust Covid-19 risk assessment based on government guidance for office-based workers and buildings and we're proud to be the first service to receive this approval across all of Derby City Council services.
"It's important for the economic recovery of the city the local businesses receive all the support they need during these difficult times and we have maintained communication with tenants throughout the closure."
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