A COMPANY is hoping to become the healthiest in the UK.

The team at Plus X Brighton, which creates modern work spaces which help businesses achieve their potential, wants to make sure its team is in tip-top shape... not just physically but mentally as well.

Statistics suggest that the average person spends more than 3,500 days of their life at work - equating to 35 per cent of their total waking hours.

Olga Hopton, managing director of Plus X Brighton, aims to ensure that if people spend that long at work then can at least be happy with their office space.

Her goal is “to create and manage the healthiest work space in the city and the UK”.

She said: “We quite literally want to make Plus X Brighton the healthiest workspace in the country – a place where the environment aids positivity and productivity and the Plus X team will be fostering a nurturing environment as well as providing resources for members with tips on how to be healthy.

“I believe people react to their environment and it is possible to feel healthy and inspired in the workplace.

“Plus X is there to make it easy so you can focus on what you do best... running your business.”

Plus X is about to move into its new seven-floor “innovation hub”, in January, in a new building that is being fitted out as part of the current regeneration of Preston Barracks in Lewes Road.

And the company said there is more to the building that its design.

A statement from Plus X Brighton said: “Everything about the building’s design and the special features being created for its future members, has health and wellbeing in mind, from its nutritionally balanced and locally sourced café on the ground floor, to its stylish, ergonomic furniture and décor, to its spectacular roof terrace with abundant edible planting.”

The Plus X team will regularly monitor air quality in the space, ensuring that it is up to standard.

Rosemary infused water is served in the meeting rooms which is proven to help focus and boost immunity, and essential oil blends available to aid positivity and focus, as well as weekly yoga and meditation, will all “contribute to getting members’ creative juices flowing”.

Olga Hopton moved to Brighton from Birmingham, where she had extensive experience in events and hospitality management prior to working on transforming the Bird’s Custard original factory.

Formerly general manager of the shared workspace PLATF9RM in Brighton, she moved on to advise developer U+I on work space design, including the £7 million Victorian Power Station renovation in West London and the £15 million Plus X Brighton.

As managing director at Plus X Brighton, Olga is seeking to achieve the platinum Well Building Standards Certification, which has the tagline “Buildings and communities that help people thrive”, ensuring that work spaces at Plus X are optimised for wellness, health and resilience.

Olga said: “As part of the Well building standards, we are compiling a Well Guide which will be available to all members in the space, helping them use the space for optimum wellness and we will also be putting together a library that encourages and enhances mindfulness and wellness.

“Our extensive events calendar will include a rich variety of wellness focused events and workshops, with yoga classes at the beginning of each week, so that partners can start their week the right way – focused and intentional.

“We will also have classes on a Friday.

“These will be the perfect way to wind down and enter the weekend feeling refreshed. It is so important to switch off and take time out to recharge and thrive.

“I have discovered yoga at It’s Yoga Brighton just over a year ago and I can honestly say it has changed my life. Leena, my teacher, always reminds me that it is the journey that counts and makes us grow.

“I think this is important recognition for many of the serial entrepreneurs and inventors that we work with.”