Curo’s housebuilding division is today re-opening construction sites across the West of England, in line with government instructions and the three-step plan to end the coronavirus lockdown unveiled on Sunday 10 May. Prime Minister Boris Johnson actively encouraged construction and manufacturing operations to resume while urging companies and workers to continue to observe physical distancing measures.
Curo closed all sites on Friday 27 March, following the lockdown announcement. While the government’s guidance did not require building works to stop, Curo – like many other housebuilders – took the decision to do so in order to support the national effort to minimise the spread of COVID-19.
This allowed the necessary time to prepare for a safe return on site by putting in place measures to enable our workforce to adhere to government and industry bodies’ sector-specific guidance for construction works during the COVID-19 outbreak.
To ensure the safety of our site colleagues, the communities we work in and the wider public, we are following the Construction Leadership Council’s latest version of the Site Operating Procedures (SOP V3). This sets out how construction sites should manage the risk of COVID-19 spread through practices such as physical distancing, increased cleaning regimes and personal hygiene.
Curo remains fully committed to protecting public health while continuing to deliver much-needed new homes across our region.