Construction sites begin to reopen
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Bromford has begun the first phase of safely reopening construction sites following new advice from government and positive discussions with its colleagues and supply chain partners.
From this week our site managers and operatives will begin preparing five existing sites ready for its construction team and subcontractors to return to work from Tuesday 26 May. We will be implementing new processes to comply with Government advice which includes additional site signage, risk assessments and a passport to work for anyone entering a site. There will also be daily inspections, external health and safety checks and more stringent site cleaning measures.
We've put the plans together following the advice of the Construction Leadership Council, as well as holding discussions with colleagues.
Chief investment officer Martyn Blackman said: “We are taking a structured approach to reopening our construction sites to ensure the safety of everyone working on site. Throughout this period our primary focus has been keeping our colleagues and contractors safe which is why we made the decision to close down sites.
“Now we are following Government guidelines in introducing a phased restart to our home building programme, starting with five sites initially and moving towards all of our sites being reopen again by the end of June. But we will continue to monitor the situation over the coming weeks.
“The lockdown has shown just how important it is that everyone has a warm, safe place to call home. As one of the biggest housebuilding housing associations in the country, we’re committed to providing more affordable homes to rent and buy in the areas we operate in over the years ahead.”
Following the Government’s reopening of the housing market last week, we have also put plans in place to allow people to safely view our homes for sale once again. Virtual viewings have already been taking place and now we are putting social distancing measures in place to allow people to safely visit our showhomes and homes for sale through pre-booked appointments. Households who had reserved homes before the lockdown can also now complete their purchase, allowing them to move into their new home.
Catherine Jarrett Bromford’s director of sales and marketing added: “Our reservation levels have remained strong throughout the lockdown and now the housing market has been reopened we look forward to enabling people to complete their purchases and supporting them to move into their new homes.”