The achievement of Fitwel 2-star certification for Royal HaskoningDHV’s Contact Amsterdam building has enabled us to further enhance an office which already had a strong focus on the wellbeing of its users.

Solid framework provides guidance in finding areas for improvement

A great workplace adds value for people and business across many dimensions. While there are many ways to make a building more healthy, it can be challenging to identify the key improvements to achieve optimal effect. This is particularly true when user wellbeing is already a primary focus in a building.

This is one of the advantages of the Fitwel concept. Fitwel is a certification process based on scientific research that evaluates a building across 12 categories.

Our goal was to positively contribute to the physical and mental health of employees. We mapped the Amsterdam building within each category to highlight areas for improvement. This enabled specific changes to be proposed that would bring significant positive impact.

Expertise and experience enable successful implementation

Identifying areas for improvement solves the initial phase of the challenge. Implementation is the important second phase and, to be successful, it needs to align with the existing working culture. Through our experience, in combination with our multi-disciplinary approach, we can advise how to implement enhancements for the highest possible chance of success.

In this project, enhancements included provision of fruit, replacing traditional vending for healthy snacks and setting up an organic fruit and vegetable garden providing produce for healthy lunches. Activity is encouraged during breaks through information on local amenities and walking trails. In addition, a strict tobacco-free policy has been introduced.

Optimise your workspace

Fitwel is an approach that creates buildings and spaces where people and businesses thrive. Royal HaskoningDHV is the first consultant in the Netherlands with experience in the Fitwel certification process. For more information on Fitwel certification or solutions for inspiring workplaces that boost wellbeing, collaboration and productivity, contact our accredited consultants.