As our entire team has had to adapt to different work schedules and surroundings across London, Manchester and Edinburgh. We have launched a new interview series to catch up with individuals and see what creative change, tips, and observations they've been experiencing during this time.
How are you feeling given the current situation?
AB: That’s a tough one to pin down. I would say at the start I was feeling a whole range of emotions depending on the day, but if I’m honest now there’s just an overriding sense of being a bit numb.
Who are you isolating with and how are you all finding it?
AB: I’m isolating with my partner in our flat. I feel very lucky to have the living situation I do as we have enough space to work separately and come together in the evening and it’s been great to have more time together. We’ve even managed to finally do some DIY and not murder each other so that’s been a success!.
During the times you've been outdoors, what are the biggest changes you've noticed?
AB: The main thing is obviously how quiet it has been. Where we live in South London we’re quite fortunate to have a lot of green spaces close by and the other thing I’d say is how much more aware of nature you are without the constant hum of cars or planes. It’s been quite refreshing.
What’s been the most challenging thing about lockdown so far?
AB: Constantly being on the computer and talking via VC. It’s a lot more challenging to communicate ideas and it’s generally just quite draining. Even when I finish at the end of the day and sit on the sofa with a beer they’ve started running adverts for Microsoft teams now and I shudder every time the ringtones starts. There’s no escape!
What project are you working on?
AB: I’m working on the redevelopment of Hertford theatre and we’re about halfway through stage 3.
How are you finding working from home?
AB: It depends on the task in hand for that day to be honest. Home working is great in parts and in some ways better than being in the office, but there are some things that you just can’t replicate. In terms of the technical aspects it all works pretty seamlessly. Our practice manger and IT team have done wonders getting everyone setup and ticking over.
What tools or tricks are you using to stay organised with work and on top of it all in general?
AB: Post-it notes. Lots of post-it notes.
What are you most looking forward to once we come out the other side?
AB: It’s obvious, but the people. I popped into the office last week to use the printer and there were one or two other people in to do the same. We had a brief (government mandated distance) chat and it was so uplifting. I can’t wait to see everyone again.
Any particular building or space or city are you looking forward to visiting?
AB: I have a vague memory of these really nice buildings that have long counter tops and taps dotted along them. Each one serves a cool refreshing liquid. Can’t wait to reacquaint myself with one of them!
* #BASIL_ is an acronym for 'Bennetts Associates Self Isolation Loves', our curated content on social media that brings together inspiration for the #wfh days.