Phased reopening begins at construction sites in Chichester and Westergate

Preparation works were due to begin onsite today (Monday, May 11)Preparation works were due to begin onsite today (Monday, May 11)
Preparation works were due to begin onsite today (Monday, May 11) | other
Barratt and David Wilson Homes' Southampton division has started the phased re-opening of its 12 construction sites, including in Chichester and Westergate.

Preparation works were due to begin on site today (Monday, May 11), ready for the 're-introduction of contractors' on May 18.

Work is being prioritised on 'already-sold plots' at advanced stages of construction.

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A spokesperson for Barratt and David Wilson Homes said: "Twelve sites across Dorset, West Sussex, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight will be re-opened, including The Furlongs in Westergate and Madgwick Park in Chichester.

Work is being prioritised on 'already-sold plots' at advanced stages of constructionWork is being prioritised on 'already-sold plots' at advanced stages of construction
Work is being prioritised on 'already-sold plots' at advanced stages of construction | other

"In line with the lockdown retail regulations, the company is not reopening its sales centres or show homes yet, but will continue to look after its customers remotely. Anyone looking to buy a new home at their developments can still do so by getting in touch with Barratt Homes.

"A detailed set of working practices and protocols has been developed by Barratt so that its construction sites can operate safely and in line with the latest guidance from Government, Public Health Authorities and the Construction Leadership Council.

"This includes changes to signage, site welfare facilities and compounds, site access and walkways. These measures have already successfully been implemented on one of its sites as a pilot."

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A nominated social distancing marshal will also be present on all sites 'to ensure compliance' and the company said it will also provide induction, training and support for its employees and sub-contractors.

Jon Green, managing director for the Southampton region at Barratt and David Wilson Homes, said: “Our first priority is the health and safety of our employees, sub-contractors and customers.

"We have created a detailed set of working practices and protocols for employees and sub-contractors to ensure that we can reopen our construction sites safely, in a phased and measured way, which minimises risk.

"In line with our commitment to put our customers first, we will be prioritising the completion of those homes that our customers have already exchanged or reserved."

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Mr Green placed on record his gratitude to all employees 'who have been fantastic during this challenging time'.

He added: As a business committed to doing the right thing we have been supporting the NHS and our communities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We have donated PPE to local NHS services and defibrillators to St John’s Ambulance from our sites across the region and are working with charities and organisations to help local communities.

"We are also encouraging staff to volunteer and use their time to do whatever they can to help people during this difficult period.”

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