One Dorset Street becomes first Fitwel certified building in Hampshire

One Dorset Street in Southampton has become the first building in Hampshire to achieve Fitwel certification, the system for designing and operating buildings that claims to actively improve occupant health, and also commands the highest commercial rent in Southampton (£24.50psf).  The investment in One Dorset Street aims to support occupiers who understand that employee wellbeing is critical to their commercial success.

The development, which has the total floor area of 24,564 ft2 (2,282 m2), is located in Southampton’s main central business district, within just a few minutes’ walk or cycle from the city’s key amenities, transport links and residential areas, and has been fully refurbished to exacting standards to meet the requirements of the modern office occupier.

One Dorset Street offers flexible floor space to meet occupiers size requirements from 2,992 sq ft – 18,246 sq ft.  The new and approved office accommodation has been developed and designed with its users at its heart, making healthy choices easy and convenient throughout the normal working day. Nick Moore, Head of Investment at RO Real Estate said: “We are immensely proud to be creating spaces for modern occupiers and believe One Dorset Street, is an exceptional working environment encapsulating some fantastic features which demonstrate our commitment to wellbeing and collaborative agile working.”

The building incorporates access to local amenities with a concierge service, promoting access to local leisure and health amenities. A dedicated terminal in the lobby displays safe routes for walking meetings or digital detox breaks of 10, 15 or 30 minutes, local public transport information, and locations for nutritious food, exercise and relaxation. Also featured is the access to outdoor space and nature, which is related to lower levels of stress and increased physical activity, with a private garden with planting and ample seating.

As well as this, One Dorset Street has adopted a smoke-free site policy, standing desks and active seating, stylish stairwells featuring biophilic signage and motivational prompts to encourage stair use, a dedicated public bike rental docking station, electric charging car parking bays, emergency equipment on every floor to support users in all eventualities and a Certified First Aider on-site at all times.