Offsite manufacturer ‘back to work’ across England

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Rollalong is reopening its construction sites, including sites in Barking, East London where it is working with regeneration company BeFirst to deliver affordable housing

Rollalong has reopened its site at Sugden Way in Barking, East London where it is working with regeneration company BeFirst to deliver affordable housing for the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.

Rollalong is also starting a number of new construction projects across the south of England.

The offsite manufacturer has produced its own Covid-19 Site Operating Procedures to sit alongside and enhance the guidance issued by the Construction Leadership Council and the government.

The procedures set out Rollalong’s approach to safely operating construction sites to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Including measures such as:

  • Providing hand sanitising stations around site
  • Providing Covid-19 induction training to all personnel
  • Displaying signs on hand hygiene and social distancing
  • Reducing seating in offices and canteens to maintain social distancing
  • Enhanced cleaning regimes for commonly touched surfaces
  • Meetings to be held outside where possible
  • Staggered breaks to reduce the number of people using the canteen
  • One-way system for pedestrians to prevent people crossing.

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In addition to reopening sites, Rollalong is also starting work on a number of new projects, including: a new special educational needs (SEN) facility for Dorset County Council at St Mary’s School in Puddletown; a teaching classroom facility for the MOD at Worthy Down; new facilities for St Peter’s School in Old Windsor for Wokingham Borough Council; and various education projects for Hampshire County Council.

Back to work while prioritising health and safety

Managing director at Rollalong, Steve Chivers, said: “Like many construction companies we closed all our sites when the national lockdown was first announced in March.

“In line with Government guidelines, we are now reopening sites and getting back to work while always prioritising the health and safety of our staff, suppliers, contractors and local residents.

“It’s very good news, and while we’re taking a safety-first approach it’s great to be back on site and turning these projects into reality. In the current crisis, the advantages of modular offsite construction become really clear.

“Much of the work is done in our factory in Dorset, which minimises the number of trades we need on-site. That reduces the number of deliveries and journeys as well as the number of workers actually needed on site.

“So it’s beneficial both in minimising the spread of the virus and in reducing our carbon footprint.”

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