The “no touch” lifts will automatically detect the required floor from key fobs. They also have a voice-control system so flat owners can direct them to pick up guests.
Surfaces in public areas are likely to have “Covid-killing” copper finishes. The virus is thought to survive for only a few hours on copper compared with days on other metals. The internal layout of the apartments has also been rejigged to allow for long spells of home working. The duplex will have a dedicated office room, while the two-bedroom apartments will have a large desk at the back of the reception room.
Mr Smithers said internal air filtration will be fitted with filters capable of sifting out bacteria and viruses. The development was given the go ahead by Westminster council last month and work is expected to start in the autumn.