The current covid-19 pandemic is unlikely to be the last of its kind. This begs the important question: how can we design our airports to protect us now, and future-proof them for subsequent viral outbreaks? 


Cundall is a specialist in health and wellbeing in the built environment. We take a safety-first approach to buildings and spaces; highlighting where risks exist and suggest strategies to deal with them. This is centred around taking control of the indoor environment to mitigate the uncertainties surrounding a pathogens lifetime in the air and on surfaces. At Cundall, our in-house specialist research teams have developed an array of services which can help integrate appropriate safety measures with minimal disruption. A phased return to recovery is inevitable, initially, with low passenger numbers through to focusing on maintaining distancing measures whilst minimising delays when the demand returns.


We can help by providing bespoke services including a detailed building services review, investigating if systems are working as designed and are at an appropriate capacity for use as well as assessing potential risks and offering mitigation options where appropriate. Alongside this, we have developed and applied a revolutionary Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) monitoring and diagnostic service over a number of years. Research suggests that the principles used to achieve good air quality indoors are also likely to reduce the risk of viral transmission. We use non-invasive sensors to measure and report in real time, highlighting environmental risks as they occur.

With the recent significant advancement in simulation and sensor technology, we are able to analyse and monitor buildings like never before, ensuring that occupant health is at the forefront of design and operation. With physical distancing likely to be around for the foreseeable future, users will need to adapt to this new normal.

Our specialist transport team is able to assess the movement and walking behaviour of people in relation to public spaces, buildings and infrastructure aimed at exploring opportunities and constraints in providing an optimised walking environment either internal or external to a building.

The outputs of our pedestrian modelling would enable a better understanding of the number of instances social distancing was breached and also help to inform design in numerous space types including airport lounges, busy transit areas and retail environments indicating the most efficient layout given social distancing protocols.

Please click on the following link to view our Back to Work - Covid19 Impact Assessment  -