Can a co-working space offer safety during a pandemic? We speak to The Maltings to find out

When your business is ‘people’, ‘co-working’ and ‘communal spaces’, how do you offer safety in the wake of a global pandemic? This is the question The Maltings had to answer.

As a large, modern facility set inside a Grade II listed building, The Maltings has made a name for itself in Cardiff and beyond.

Home to Space2B, a contemporary working space, The Maltings Document Storage Solutions and The Maltings Secure Shredding, it’s a hub of activity; of busy working professionals and successful companies who found themselves in the midst of Coronavirus, working from a shared building.

So, how does that ‘shared building’ implement stringent measures to keep all those people safe? We asked Lloyd Bowen, Community & Marketing Manager, to take us through how The Maltings has adapted to this unique situation.

Here’s everything you need to know about safety & security at The Maltings as of August 2020.

Physical measures & barriers

To help common ‘touch points’ stay safe, we installed sensor operated hand sanitiser dispensers throughout the building, and converted more of our bathroom facilities to be sensor operated (although the majority were already fitted with sensors two years prior).

We installed Perspex screens at reception to protect staff and visitors as they enter or exit. There are also new seating arrangements for staff – the reception team is more spaced out, utilising nearby offices.

Staff members are stationed 2m apart in separate offices wherever possible. We also provide personal hand sanitiser bottles for staff members and masks are available if required.

New rules & regulations

We put up signage throughout the building to indicate the one way systems in corridors.

The lifts are ‘one person per lift’ – when conducting office viewings, visitors use the lift as we take stairs (we get our steps in!).

The seating has been removed from communal kitchens with signage added to other communal seating areas. Initially we restricted it to one person per table, but now allow 2 people per table where 2m distance is achievable.

We have shared information on local PPE and hand sanitiser suppliers with tenants, so that they can boost their hygiene levels within their own office space.

Current ‘status’ of spaces within The Maltings

Our gym remains closed for the time being, regardless of the announcement that gyms in Wales will reopen. Our reason being that our focus is on ensuring offices and communal spaces are kept sanitised for all.

Our on-site coffee shop, Kin + Ilk, reopened with a collection-only service for coffee and a limited menu via GoodEats, and are gradually looking to offer a wider range. They’ll also soon offer sit-in dining as part of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme.

The meeting rooms and event space are open and available to book, but with limited seating to allow for social distancing, with prices adjusted to reflect the current capacity – another way we’re offering concessions for businesses during a difficult time.

New tenants

We’re really pleased to be welcoming 6 new office tenants and 1 new co-working space member to The Maltings, who all joined us during lockdown.

The Urban Space – a property management company specialising in stylish serviced apartments and apartment hotels that offer space, privacy, the convenience of home and the luxury of a hotel for a night, a month, professional use or a holiday stay.

Affluent Time – a small, dedicated and experienced team of watch enthusiasts specialising in the buying and selling of luxury watches.

1 Call Care – a not-for-profit company providing high-quality domiciliary care services to adults with physical disabilities, mental disabilities, learning difficulties and the elderly.

Concepta – a women’s healthcare company which helps women with unexplained infertility. Their team of leading professionals develop innovative products that can provide crucial guidance to women and couples and to help them conceive.

Travel Booker – snow sports and winter holiday specialists with three unique services to accommodate those looking for flexible and bespoke package holidays to France, Canada and Andorra, and a trade-only booking portal for travel agents.

The Cardiff Graphic Designer –  a close-knit team who provide engaging graphic design, aesthetic web and responsive app design solutions.

Doing Good Catering joins our co-working space. This not-for-profit, sustainable caterers put 10% of your total food bill towards paying for cookery sessions for kids, seniors and other community groups in Cardiff and South Wales.

It’s great to welcome these fantastic businesses to our community here at Space2B. We look forward to seeing them settle in, thrive and develop.

We ‘improvise, adapt & overcome’

Ultimately, we’ve taken huge strides in offering the highest levels of safety and protection for our valued tenants and customers.

Safeguarding the people who use our building and its various spaces is of utmost importance; we’re proud to say we adapted quickly to the situation with our customers in mind.

No business can truly predict the next 6-12 months or so, but what we can say is that we’ll continue to offer care, support and safety so our customers and their businesses can continue to operate successfully.


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