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Coronavirus COVID-19 Response: Planned, Phased reopening of Swan/NU living Construction Sites

At Swan /NU Living we have been monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely.  The health and safety of our staff and the communities in which we work is our priority and as a result we implemented a temporary closure of our construction sites at the start of lockdown.   Since then, we have been working behind the scenes to ensure that we have plans in place so we can safely reopen, when Government advice supports this.

Following the Prime Minister's announcement yesterday, encouraging construction to restart, where it is safe to do so, this work means that we are now ready to implement a phased re-opening of our sites.  

From Monday 11 May 2020, our teams will start a phased reopening of our construction sites, assessed on an individual site by site basis, working in close partnership with our Health and Safety advisors.  The level and rate of activity will be dependent on each site, its current state of construction and how we can implement safe working in line with Government guidance.

Whilst each site will have its own bespoke phased return, there are practices that we will be implementing wherever there is a return to work.  We would like to reassure our stakeholders that these include:

  1. Initially Site Management Teams only will return to undertake necessary preparatory works.
  2. Detailed site examinations will be carried out in partnership with trade leads to ensure sites are certified as ready for use by the returning construction teams.
  3. Contactless site entry will be implemented to temporarily replace existing fingerprint entry systems. This will be supported by new standard operating procedures and appropriate signage.
  4. First aid and personal protection supplies will be available on site.  All returning operatives will be issued with additional PPE in the form of latex gloves and KN95 disposable facemasks and will be required to complete a Social Distancing Induction before starting work. 
  5. Staff must be free from illness when coming to work and, as well as social distancing, applying a range of measures including staggered start times, breaks, etc will be put into place.  Staff will be encouraged to walk, cycle or drive where possible to avoid public transport.   Any staff or contractors disregarding or repeatedly not following the safe working procedures will be removed from the site.
  6. A four-phase programme will be in place for the return to full resourcing and each stage will only be implemented if in line with Government Guidance and signed off by our health and safety consultants.

Across most of our construction sites stakeholders will start to see increased activity on site over the coming days.  We will provide updates to appropriate stakeholders for each site, to ensure our Strategic, Borough and community partners are fully informed of the local approach being taken at each scheme.

We would like to reassure all our partners and stakeholders that we are committed to continuing our construction activity but regard the health and safety of our staff, contractors and the communities in which we work, as our priority. 

Any enquiries regarding our construction sites should be directed to Dean Rosewell, Managing Director of NU living, our in-house contractor.   He can be contacted on drosewell@nuliving.co.uk or by calling 0300 303 2500.

For any media enquiries please call 0300 303 2500 to speak to a member of the Communications Team or email CommunicationsTeam@swan.org.uk

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