Regeneration company Urban Splash has revealed it will reopen its construction sites and its House by Urban Splash modular factory from today (4 May)
Urban Splash announced the immediate closure of its sites, sales offices and factory in March amidst the UK lockdown.
However, the company now has robust measures in place to welcome back its furloughed staff.
Disciplines have been introduced to meet the strategies set out within the government Covid-19 construction sector guidelines.
Health and wellbeing
Chairman Tom Bloxham MBE, explained: “The health and wellbeing of our team, suppliers and subcontractors has been the driver in every decision we’ve made this past month.
“And now, following the latest Construction Leadership Council guidelines, we are pleased to recommence construction, while continuing to keep our hard-working colleagues safe.
“We have taken the time to brief colleagues in-depth on the specific processes at each site, allowing them to adhere to robust new health and safety measures, new ways of working and respect social distancing guidelines; with these in place, we are confident that we can protect our workforce and will continue to monitor the guidelines issued by the government moving forward.”
Urban Splash also confirmed that non-site colleagues will continue to work remotely from home, and that the five shareholding directors had opted to take a 30% reduction in pay while the lockdown continues and other colleagues remain on furlough.
Bloxham added: “We’ve responded innovatively during this period, enabling our sales colleagues to work effectively from home, speaking with lots of customers each day and taking reservations – albeit at a slower rate than usual.
“We’ve continued to win awards for our work and we now want to safely restart operations to create new neighbourhoods and much needed new homes.”
Sites on which Urban Splash is creating homes and workspace include New Islington and Avro in Manchester, Port Loop in Birmingham, Wirral Waters in Merseyside, Melville at Royal William Yard in Plymouth and Park Hill in Sheffield.