COVID-19/Coronavirus Response and Updates

The safety and well-being of our colleagues, supply chain and customers is our main priority. Over recent weeks we have followed guidance from Government and Public Health England and implemented a number of changes to our business in order to keep our colleagues and stakeholders safe.

However, in light of the Prime Minister’s statement on the evening of the 23rd March, we now believe the time is right to begin an orderly close down of our core operations until this crisis is beyond us.

Whilst the Government guidance remains unclear, particularly with the Secretary of State last night tweeting that construction and housing can continue working from site within social distancing guidelines, we are strongly of the opinion we have reached the moral and practical point at which it is no longer possible for us to continue to operate in a business as usual manner.

We will therefore be taking the following actions:

CIP Sites: Construction operations on site will cease by close of business on Friday 27th March. We have been planning for this over recent weeks, and so have a clear plan for doing so. It is important that we continue until Friday so that we can ensure an orderly and well managed close down. Health and Safety is a priority on site and we are prioritising operations over the next few days to leave our sites in a safe and orderly manner.

Up until the point of close down, sites will continue to operate within social distancing guidelines and with the enhanced hygiene measures we have already put in place over recent weeks.

Those who continue to work on site will manage the situation sensibly and practically, including:

  • avoiding public transport
  • working to a strict rota basis
  • implementing stringent hygiene policies
  • minimising close contact with others and practising social distancing
  • managing welfare according to Government guidance
  • spacing out desks as necessary within our site offices

Office based staff: Please direct all communications by email or phone to the relevant persons and assume that any post will not be opened until it is possible to return to our offices.

As the COVID-19 situation evolves, we are closely monitoring, and will continue to follow, the guidance of Government and Public Health England. As and when there are any significant changes, we will be sure to update our staff, clients, partners, customers and supply chain as quickly as possible.