COVID-19 update: Construction Projects
The current Government advice continues to be that construction sites can stay working if measures are taken to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
These measures include:
- Enabling non-site staff to work from home wherever possible
- Ensuring sites are clean and hygienic
- Making sure all workers follow Public Health England guidance on social distancing
Many developments in the city are continuing, to ensure important projects are delivered and reduce economic impact.
Some construction projects that had stopped during the initial period of lockdown will now be restarting.
This is due to recent changes which are making is easier for work to restart. They include:
- Indications that labour and trades shortages are easing
- Suppliers and trade counters re-opening
- Social distancing and hygiene are embedded into working practices
- Some companies have ended their ‘furlough’ period for staff
Construction companies and site managers in the city will continue to make daily decisions on whether to keep projects running.
We also have projects continuing on-site which are being kept under daily review.
Contractors on these sites are undertaking daily risk assessments and talking steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19. All are following guidance on social distancing and hygiene. Non-site staff are working from home.
With many residents currently working from home, self-isolating and home schooling, we have reminded all our contractors to be good neighbours, to carry out work sensitively and maintain good communication, particularly when noisy work is being undertaken.
However, we do acknowledge that some noise and disruption is un-avoidable as projects progress.
The latest on what’s happening on council and our partners’ sites:
- Circus Street: some external work has resumed and public realm works are continuing
- New Homes for Neighbourhoods – Buckley Close and Selsfield Drive: Our contractor Morgan Sindall has closed its local office, but is continuing with both projects on site using small teams
- Preston Barracks: Work is continuing with reduced capacity
- Royal Pavilion Estate – Corn Exchange works: Westridge is continuing on site
- Schools projects – Hill Park and Downs View: Morgan Sindall is working with small teams on both sites
- Shelter Hall: Edburton is continuing on site
This will be kept under constant review and in accordance with all guidance on preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Stanmer Park Restoration Project
Construction work is due to begin again on the Stanmer Park Restoration Project on Monday 11 May.
Work was paused on 31 March due to practical difficulties caused by the Covid-19 pandemic
Buxton Building Contractors has undertaken a comprehensive risk assessment of all the restoration project's construction work activities, to ensure the safety and welfare of staff and contractors who are undertaking work at the park.
For any public enquiries regarding site security or safety, contact Gary Shead at Buxton Building Contractors on 07908 152 304.