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It is hard to believe that we have been dealing with the coronavirus (COVID‐19) pandemic for four weeks now and we have issued a Build UK update every day since it started.

The relentless pace and volume of change, along with the unprecedented level of information to be absorbed, has created significant challenges for many in the industry.

Following the Easter break, which offered the opportunity to re‐group and look ahead, more sites are expected to re‐open, implementing the new ways of working required for the ‘social distancing’ environment in which we now live.

The calls from Build UK and the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) for collaboration across the industry have reminded everyone that there will be a post‐coronavirus world and it is in all our interests to maintain and sustain the construction supply chain.

There will be more changes this week, starting with publication of the Site Operating Procedures ‐ Version 3 later today. These will include the latest Public Health England (PHE) guidance on Social distancing in the workplace during coronavirus (COVID‐19) published last week, additional information on the hierarchy of control measures to reduce the risk of transmission, and the need to monitor implementation of the procedures.

The latest PHE guidelines include the following statements:

In the sector‐specific Construction guidance:

“Where it is not possible to follow the social distancing guidelines in full in relation to a particular activity, you should consider whether that activity needs to continue for the site to continue to operate, and, if so, take all the mitigating actions possible to reduce the risk of transmission.”

In the Transport Businesses guidance under ‘Use of private vehicles and car pooling’:

“If the journey is essential, such as travel to work, and there is no option but to share a car with people who are not part of the same household, journeys should be shared with the same individuals and with the minimum number of people at any one time.”

Read our latest statement which includes new guidance from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) on First Aid arrangements.

Further Information

Businesses should continue to follow the most up‐to‐date Government guidance and for the latest updates please follow Build UK on Twitter and LinkedIn. If you have any construction‐specific queries or feedback on what is happening within the industry, please contact Build UK.

Weston College are offering online Health and Safety Courses


This will allow you to complete your training from home whilst social distancing, in just a couple of days.

They are also able to offer you this training with funding, which will reduce the cost for you and your colleagues.

You can book online

They will be adding more dates to the website in the coming weeks as they become available so check back if you can’t do the first slots.

In light on the unfolding COVID-19 situation we are following Government advice closely, taking all necessary precautions and will continue to monitor the situation.

The health and wellbeing of our team and members is our top priority. Our team is now working from home and are fully operational.

Constructing Excellence South West has converted all our regional events to online meetings.

We will continue to review this and keep you updated.

Any meetings that cannot be held virtually will be postponed until we have further clarity.

As many people will be working remotely for the foreseeable future we will be exploring ways in which we can make best use of online technologies to continue engage at this crucial time.

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