We took the decision late on Monday evening following the PM’s announcement to pause some of our site activities, whilst we took stock of the situation. We also sought advice from the CBI, National Federation of Builders and other leading industry bodies.
The advice from the Government and industry bodies was that provided we complied with Government 2m social distancing safe zone rules and the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) Site Operating Procedures issued earlier this week, that we should continue to operate.
During this pause we have used our best endeavours to review all of our site operations in detail and on a task by task basis working closely with our supply chain partners to see what we could sensibly do to comply with these new stringent measures.
A number of our subcontractors have taken the decision to close down for 3 weeks and others have advised that they are unable to adhere to the 2m social distancing safe zone rule. The workforce from outside the region are unable to lodge because hotels, restaurants and cafes are closed. Some of our subcontractors are being stopped on their way to work and sent home by the police as their work is considered non-essential.
Whilst we have stockpiled materials as much as we could in the developing situation, our suppliers are now closing and stocks are beginning to be impacted by factories that have shut down.
Having carefully considered on a pragmatic basis what meaningful progress could be made, we have now come to the conclusion that the progress on site would be extremely limited and as a consequence we have regrettably decided to implement a full pause of all our site operations.
The full pause will commence for our sites at close of business Friday, 27 March 2020 until further notice.
The safety and wellbeing of our staff is our priority and we found ourselves in a difficult position where it has become untenable for many of our staff to work from site when most of the country are advised to stay at home.
The site teams will be now be working from home and are tasked in maintaining client communication, coordinating with subcontractors and suppliers, reviewing labour and material requirements, planning and prioritising work over a rolling two-week programme, reviewing work practices and adjusting RAM’s to suit the latest PHE advice. This will put us in a very strong position to mobilise quickly when the situation improves.
These are unprecedented times and we are dealing with a very dynamic situation so we will keep our position under continuous review and keep you informed following a significant change in Government policy or in any event on a weekly basis.
Thank you for your continued co-operation and understanding.