Friday 24 April

It is now nearly five weeks ago that we took the decision to close all our sites and align with the first imposed lock-down period.

The PM’s advice at the time was very clear – only essential work was to continue. In addition to this; the Social Distancing Measures (SDM’s) quickly adopted by the HSE were simply prohibitive for most of our site based activities to operate compliantly; our supply chain closed more or less overnight; and above all, we believed that we had a moral duty to help isolate as many people as possible for this initial lock-down period. By our reckoning, in closing our sites, we have probably isolated 600 or 700 people (including respective family members).

Over the past week, the Construction Leadership Council’s latest version of SDM’s has clarified more details, making it more practical to carry out the majority of site-based activities, albeit at a lower intensity. We have also been encouraged by our suppliers suggesting the resumption of a limited service for collection and deliveries.

In order to show positive intent and to align with the Government’s new drive to encourage business to resume, we have decided to initiate a gradual return to work from Monday 27 April. This of course, is based upon very strict operating procedures that adhere rigidly to the current SDM’s.

We remain ever hopeful that under the current Government guidance, with the careful management of our sites and the support from our supply chain, we can aim towards a return to full resource by early June.