Eight Versa was appointed to undertake the pre-testing and WELL PV testing for the newly fitted out Myo flexible office space in Landsec’s Dashwood building. The project scope consisted of four office floors, a lobby ground floor and basement including showers and changing rooms. The project was initially targeting a WELL Gold certification so Eight Versa formed a successful partnership with Cundall (the WELL AP) to ensure a smooth and successful testing schedule. The project overachieved it’s targets, achieving a platinum rating, and Myo Liverpool Street is now one of the top ten healthiest spaces across the UK.

Collecting Evidence

The team undertook air, water, thermal, lighting and sound measurements for both pre-testing and formal testing parts of the WELL certification. As with all WELL PV projects, the Eight Versa team used a mixture of real-time measurement equipment and sample collection for lab analysis. In addition, the Eight Versa team was responsible for touring the project space to collect evidence for WELL features targeted as per the WELL punch list. This included taking photos of various health and wellbeing design features, such as the no-idling sign and the wellbeing library. 

Providing Assurance

This rigorous, third-party testing and verification subsequently produced reliable quantitative data to verify that the required WELL features had been met and provided assurance the development was acting to positively influence the health and wellbeing of those utilising the workspace.

The WELL PV testing on this project did bring a few challenges with regards to scheduling in line with project completion and considerations surrounding the status of some spaces (fitted versus non-fitted), however Eight Versa worked diligently to provide a solution at all times for the client. Significant time was spent cooperating with the WELL AP and discussing sampling strategies with the International WELL Building Institute and the Green Business Certification Inc. to achieve the desired outcome.

Platinum Results

The design and construction of Myo Liverpool Street were carried out with diligence in line with the WELL v2 pilot manual. The testing carried out by Eight Versa confirmed that the Myo Liverpool Street development meets the requirements of a WELL Platinum Certification by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI). WELL Platinum certification places Myo Liverpool Street within an elite group of buildings within the UK, with only eight other buildings having been certified to the same level and making this one of the top ten healthiest spaces nationwide. Myo Liverpool Street is also the first flexible office space to achieve this standard in the City of London. The result is a clear message of reassurance to existing and future tenants that Landsec is championing the health and wellbeing of its building users and provides transparency that the Myo is delivering on this promise in operation.

Oliver Knight, Head of Offices at Landsec had this to say:

“We’re seeing first-hand how the right workspace can create value for our customers by enabling collaboration, retaining talent and building their individual culture. Creating buildings which have a positive impact on people’s wellbeing is a key part of this. Myo Liverpool Street is an exceptional space which places customer wellbeing at its heart so we’re delighted that it has been recognised as one of the healthiest spaces in the UK.”