Sharing best practice and innovation to keep our sites open

The Covid-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for construction; however, despite this, our people and supply chain partners have innovated, problem solved and utilised technology to keep our sites open.

Across England and Wales, over 95% of our projects remain open (as of May 2020), creating vital school places, building essential housing and supporting local economies and regeneration schemes. All sites that have remained open have adapted to abide by the Government backed Construction Leadership Council Site Operating Procedures. These procedures follow the latest scientific advice and direct safe social distancing practices across construction sites.

Examples of how our sites are maintaining social distancing to ensure safe working include:

  • Extra-space for welfare facilities, such as hiring large marquees
  • One-way systems for circulation, especially around bottleneck areas
  • Toolbox-talks to communicate latest guidance and working practices; held in open areas, allowing for maintenance of the two-metre rule.
  • GoPro technology to film progress, which is uploaded to Microsoft Teams to show latest developments, pause and ask questions. Examples here and here
  • Motion activated voiceover systems to remind people to abide by social distancing on site
  • Hand sanitiser is available in meeting rooms, desks, and site entrances and exits, with dedicated hand wash zones
  • Staggered breaks and lunch times, with clear signage for social distancing in canteens

Here in our dedicated Covid-19 best practice hub we share case studies and innovations from our site teams, who have endeavoured to keep our sites safe and remain operational. We also share our thoughts on how innovation born out of the pandemic will shape the built environment in a post Covid-19 world.