Persimmon to reopen construction sites next week

Persimmon is reopening its construction sites next week, as builders endeavour to get back to work amid the UK’s lockdown.

Workers are set for a phased return to sites with social distancing restrictions in place from 27 April, the developer said.

The builder closed all its construction sites on 25 March as part of measures to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

It comes after Taylor Wimpey yesterday announced it would return to construction sites from 4 May.

Persimmon said its sales teams have continued working remotely with digital viewings and reservations, with around 820 private sales reservations in the five weeks to 19 April.

Cancellation rates remain low, the builder added in an update released today.

The group has not used the government’s scheme to furlough staff and said it has no plans to access any of the available funding programmes.

David Jenkinson, chief executive, said: “The UK Government has been very clear on the importance of the construction sector to the UK economy and its desire to see activity continue through the current period of crisis, provided appropriate public health measures are adopted.

“Nothing is more important to us than the health, safety and wellbeing of the public, our colleagues, sub-contractors and suppliers.

“Having spent the last month developing and testing new site protocols that incorporate the necessary social distancing and protective measures, we believe that we are now able to return to site safely and support the UK’s economic recovery from the pandemic.

“These new measures are fully compliant with government public health guidance and will be strictly enforced by a specialist team, with any individual failing to uphold standards being subject to disciplinary action and removal from site.”

Original source - Mortgage Solutions

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