Galliard Homes has temporarily suspended its construction work, this includes the recladding works underway at the New Capital Quay site in Greenwich
Following the coronavirus briefing from Downing Street by the Prime Minister on 23 March, Galliard took the decision to close its construction sites.
Galliard Homes has completed two large buildings at New Capital Quay and has been a corresponding reduction in the waking watch on the development, but of course, the remaining waking watch provision continues, unaffected by the temporary stoppage of the works. The waking watch will continue without the residents required to pay anything.
As soon as the guidance from Public Health England changes then the works at NCQ will re-start without delay.
Why recladding at New Capital Quay was suspended
- With 160+ operatives on the project; stopping works took that personnel off of the public transport network – providing some relief and space for our NHS heroes using those same Tubes and Buses.
- Providing 160+ operatives with proper welfare arrangements and keeping to the social distancing guidance is not possible.
- At the outset, Galliard chose to avoid using scaffolding which would cover over the outside walls and apartment windows – so that residents could continue to enjoy the spectacular Thames River views and have uninterrupted daylight. The alternative is a slower more expensive method, it is based on using mobile elevators, mast climbers and other powered access equipment. This does mean that small teams must work together on these platforms, appropriate distancing is not possible.
- With the imposition of the lockdown, New Capital Quay residents are, like everyone else, now working from home. As a result, the daytime occupancy of New Capital Quay has rocketed from normally less than 150 persons to almost 2,500. The normal noise generated by machines and operations going about the recladding works would be very inconvenient for those residents temporarily working from home.