Designing to enhance wellbeing, whether that’s for employees in a workspace or residents in an estate redevelopment, means designing to improve quality of life. As mechanical, electrical and public health (MEP) engineers, we always design with people’s comfort in mind - making sure a building is well-lit, well-ventilated, warm enough in winter, and cool enough in summer. Our wellbeing team take things one step further, and focus on the intangibles of happiness at home or in the office: things like privacy in personal or domestic spaces; navigable public spaces; greenery and access to nature; ease of personalisation; and feelings of ownership. 

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About wellbeing

Max Fordham’s wellbeing consultants are accredited professionals in internationally recognised wellbeing certifications like WELL and Fitwel, and we are happy to guide our clients through the process of achieving these. Where possible, however, we like to go beyond the box-ticking of official accreditations towards a more holistic way of embedding and achieving enduring wellbeing measures in masterplans, houses, and workspaces. 

On projects where we are providing wellbeing consultancy, we draw on our in-house expertise in environmental psychology, public health, and urban design, as well as in MEP engineering for low-carbon, low-energy buildings. Getting involved at the earliest, brief-setting project stages, we help our clients define wellbeing priorities and aspirations for their masterplans or buildings. We collaborate closely with both the wider design team and stakeholders (especially residents and building users) to identify those small, intangible design decisions that can have the biggest, most positive impact on inhabitants’ happiness. 

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