In light of the challenges we all face with the outbreak of Covid-19 (Coronavirus), we wanted to reassure you that ALA are closely following all Government guidelines to help keep our employees and clients safe. As a small design consultancy, the risks to our team and clients are minimal, but we are taking the following action to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.
As per current Government guidance, we will be remote working and for the most part, the team will be working from home. We use Mircosoft cloud services for email and file storage, so the whole team can work from home with full access to email and project files.
Planning and Building Control applications are submitted online, so we’ll still be able to lodge applications with the Local Authority. Clients should, however, be aware that the progress of applications through the planning and building control systems may be impacted by Local Authority staff being ill, remote working or having to take time off to look after children now that schools will be closed.
Whilst we don’t expect any serious disruption to the production of documents and drawings, it might take us a little longer to get back to you whilst we transition to a work from home setup, and there will be an inevitable adjustment to some of our working practices that are usually more collaborative within the studio.
We’ll be following current guidance on social distancing and limiting face to face meetings as far as is practicable for the time being. Site visits can continue where essential and will be reviewed on a case by case basis with clients, contractors and other consultants to make sure appropriate measures are in place to protect our team and others from infection.
Please be assured we are doing everything possible to protect our team and the services we provide. If you have any questions about the actions we’re taking and how they might impact on your project, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Stay safe and we will update this page with any further information as and when the situation changes.
Andrew, Dan and the team