Aquinas House is beautifully restored Victorian Jewellery Factory in the heart of Birmingham's historic Jewellery Quarter.
Big Cat's offices on the first floor, are 2,500 sqft of open plan space with arched original crittal windows on both sides. We have 3 glass meeting rooms, reception, front door buzzer
WiFi, WiFi Printing, Toilets, Parking, Power socket at table, Meeting rooms
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Aquinas House, Birmingham B18 6NG, UK
Jewellery Quarter has a train and tram stop, which is a couple of minutes walk from the office. There's no parking on site but there is plenty of affordable on-street parking close to the office. There's also a multi-story car park on Vyse Street
Our Covid19 Statement
The health and safety of our partners and staff remains our priority and all steps we have taken to ensure a safe working environment remain in place.
We are staying vigilant and keeping up-to-date with advice from Public Health England (PHE) and World Health Organisation (WHO), following all the advice given.
We are continuing to monitor government guidance and this policy page is reviewed, updated and reshared over time, and as deemed appropriate, to keep abreast of all developments and protocol changes.
To ensure we all stay healthy and minimise risk, we ask that you be careful and considerate and remember the government guidance: Hands, Face, Space.
We have concentrated on developing and implementing enhanced preventative hygiene controls at building level and setting in place robust procedures to manage actions and communications for any confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Our offices now benefit from an upgraded cleaning specification in communal areas and touchpoints such as door plates and handles, keypads etc. We have also introduced the use of medical-grade cleaning products across the platform. Other cleaning measures are detailed below.
- We have installed hand sanitising stations around the ofice and antibacterial wipes are available in all shared spaces.
- Our shared spaces all display personal hygiene guidance signage.
- We have briefed our team of procedures and communication protocols should we have a confirmed case.
How you can help: good hygiene.
Coronavirus is spread from one person to another in the same way as other respiratory infections like colds and flu; through infected respiratory droplets expelled from infected persons in the form of coughing, sneezing and talking. Other people can get the disease via contact with these droplets.
In accordance with PHE and Government guidelines, we ask that you follow these guidelines:
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
- Throw your used tissues into a bin straight away: ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’.
- Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and hot water. If you’re on-the-go with no access to soap and water, use hand sanitiser.
- Avoid contact with people who are unwell.
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that you touch frequently (phones and laptops especially).
- Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands aren’t clean.
Additional cleaning procedures
As a precautionary measure we use Selgiene, a medical-grade sanitiser across the whole network. Our cleaning teams are focusing on increased sanitisation of high traffic areas and common touch points including door plates, handrails, kitchen and washroom surfaces etc.
We have also prepared for and developed protocols to respond to suspected and confirmed cases of Coronavirus. We have engaged with specialist contractors so that if an incident occurs, we are able to deploy a team to fully disinfect any area or our whole building if required to ensure our spaces are deep cleaned to the required safe standard.
There are no concerns in our service partners’ ability to deliver services to the contractual standards.
Coronavirus: signs and symptoms
The UK Government indicates that you should use the 111 online coronavirus service if you have either:
- A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
- To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital if you have any of these symptoms. Get a test to check if you have coronavirus and stay at home until you get your result.
Please look out for these symptoms in you and your colleagues and use https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19/ to check your symptoms. You should only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
What to do if you become unwell
If you become unwell with symptoms similar to Coronavirus and/or believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19, you should stay at home and visit 111 online, rather than calling 111, visiting your GP or going to hospital.
If you become unwell or have been in contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 you should:
- Visit 111 online
- Self-isolate: stay indoors and avoid contact with any other people immediately.
- The government have issued a website which gives advice for suspected COVID-19 cases.
If you have a confirmed case of COVID-19 and have been in at the Big Cat office then please stay at home as per Government guidance and notify the Big Cat team via phone or email to let them know, providing details of the building you visited and the areas used.
If you become symptomatic whilst at Aquinas House and believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19, you should:
- Leave the building straight away, minimising contact with anyone else in the building and ensuring your hands are clean when touching any surfaces.
- Go home and begin self-isolating. You can organise getting an NHS test here.
- Notify your Big Cat contact via email or phone of your symptoms.
- If applicable, follow any other guidelines laid out by your employer.
Confirmed Coronavirus cases in at Aquinas House
If anyone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 (someone who has tested positive) has recently been at Aquinas House, please ensure they follow all Government guidance regarding self-isolation and contact tracing and let your Contact know via email or phone as soon as possible.
If we need to close part of or the whole building for cleaning, we will communicate with our members via email.
Returning to work
Please ensure you're following the most up-to-date Government guidelines regarding travel and working. If and when you are using the Big Cat offices, you can refer to the Return to Work Guide where you will find full information on the actions and planning we have taken to maintain your safety.
We will continue to issue updates following any upgraded guidance or changes to our COVID-19 policy. We will continue to communicate with our members via email as required.
We take our service promise and the wellbeing of our members very seriously, and we hope this information will give you the clarity and confidence you need. If you have any specific concerns that we haven’t covered, please get in touch with your building team and we’ll be happy to help. If you need to contact us out of hours, please use the member hotline 0121 200 0910.