Scotland’s builders begin return to work preparations

Aaron Morby 4 years ago
Share

Contractors in Scotland begin site preparations for a gradual return to work today.

Firms will be allowed around 10 operatives and two supervisors to work laying out social distancing procedures on site.

It now looks like phase two, the so-called soft start, to allow a small part of the workforce back on site is unlikely to be backed by the Scottish Government before mid June.

This will only be allowed where strict social distancing can be maintained.

Only later in phase three will around 30% of the site workforce be allowed to resume work.

Yesterday the Scottish First Minister’s office set out further details for the ending of lockdown.

“From tomorrow, the construction sector is expected to be able to implement the first phase in its restart plan.

“A move to ‘phase 2’ of the construction sector’s plan will follow consultation with government to ensure it is safe to do so in line with public health advice.”

At the fastest, this consultation is expected to take at least two weeks.

Construction Scotland, the industry leadership group, also published the updated construction re-start plan and latest guidance yesterday.

This instructs contractors to “consult with the health and safety representative selected by a recognised trade union or, if there isn’t one, a representative chosen by workers.

It adds: “As an employer, you cannot decide who the representative will be.”

Minister for local government, planning and housing, Kevin Stewart, said: “This guidance also emphasises the importance of ongoing risk assessment with full input from trade union or workforce representatives and to keep all risk mitigation measures under regular review so that workplaces continue to feel, and be, safe.

“In parallel to the preparation of this guidance, Construction Scotland has published Site Operating Guidance and a Restart Model for the industry and I am very grateful to them for the significant work that has gone into producing those documents.

“The measured approach laid out in this guidance and the construction sector’s own restart plan provide a clear pathway to a phased restart of construction work in coming weeks and months.”

Latest news

M&E sector leads rise in subcontractor tender activity

Tender activity grows in first quarter but concern about project delays remain
8 hours ago

Funding deal for Salford Michigan Tower job

Vermont Construction to build first 34-storey tower for developer X1
9 hours ago

Court fight continues for specialist hit by CCJ blunder

Screeding contractor still fighting bureaucracy seven months after incorrect filing
8 hours ago

Morgan Sindall bags £60m raft of NHS projects

Mid and South Essex NHS Trust plans six projects
1 day ago

Peri buys shoring and temporary bridge specialist Mabey Hire

Scaffolding and formwork specialist expands offer
1 day ago

Steel contractor Embrace targets £100m revenue

Growing structural steel specialist appoints COO
9 hours ago

Vinci/McAlpine go-ahead for £312m Midlands hospitals revamp

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust gets full business case approval
1 day ago

Lendlease puts construction arm up for sale

After two decades of global expansion Lendlease retreats to Australia
2 days ago

Mount Anvil seals Isle of Dogs estate rebuild

Firm will build 300 new homes at East London's Tiller Road Estate
1 day ago

Northumbria Uni invites bids for £75m CHASE project

12-storey student block to be demolished for new Centre for Health and Social Equity
1 day ago

Civils firm Akela appoints former Robertson director as MD

Framework expert Robert Ogg to lead growth at Scottish contractor
1 day ago

McLaren to build new Hertfordshire primary school

Contractor to prioritise local suppliers on High Leigh Garden Village site
1 day ago

Developer picked for Stafford town centre regeneration

ION Developments will draw up detailed plans for mixed-use Eastgate scheme
1 day ago

Former Crossrail boss Mark Wild to lead HS2

Wild to bear down on spiralling costs and bring rejigged scheme in on time
3 days ago

Receivers in at £125m Manchester tower developer

Domis Construction walked away from scheme following doubts over funding
4 days ago

Costain A1 £260m dualling job finally gets go-ahead

Ministers sat on planning inspectors report for nearly three years
2 days ago

Election delays decision on Lower Thames Crossing

Planning decision on £1.2bn Luton airport expansion also pushed back six months
2 days ago

Caddick steps-in at former Lane End housing job

Contractor to restart phase of £262m scheme hit by administration
2 days ago

Plans in for Leeds iconic Tetley building revamp

Former brewing giant's HQ to become indoor market and offices
2 days ago

BAM wins first phase of North Devon hospital revamp

New staff accommodation to kick-off hospital redevelopment
2 days ago

McAlpine pulls out of £55m Carlisle Citadels project

University of Cumbria starts hunt for replacement contractor
1 week ago

Strabag UK suffers further big trading loss

Austrian contractor is gearing up for major presence in the UK market
6 days ago

Durham Uni picks UPP for £130m student scheme

Firm will deliver 1,000 self-catered bed spaces
6 days ago

Architects now upbeat after 10-months of work gloom

Larger practices see rising workloads in next three months
6 days ago

Motorist dies after collision with road paver

Police Scotland investigating fatal crash
7 days ago

McLaren Living appoints HG Construction for £69m scheme

Build to Rent scheme will transform former vacant car park site in Leeds city centre
1 week ago

Squibb liquidator probes £2m of “missing” plant

Machinery, cars and scrap metal have disappeared at demolition specialist
1 week ago

Galliford Try to re-enter affordable homes market

Contractor sets out new five-year plan to build margin to 4%
1 week ago

Former Sellar chief to lead civils contractor Kilnbridge

Owen Dannatt joins as new CEO as founder Dermot McDermott becomes Chairman
1 week ago

Hunt starts for nuclear fusion plant construction partner

Fusion energy plant to be built at West Burton coal power station site.
1 week ago

Contractor services