The housebuilder — which has around 7,000 new homes in the production and planning pipelines across London and the Home Counties, with a completed value of £3bn — is recommencing work on-site in strict compliance with the government and Construction Leadership Council’s guidance on Covid-19 and social distancing.
Bob Weston, chairman at Weston Homes
Bob Weston, chairman at Weston Homes (pictured above), said: “While Weston Homes is pleased to be returning to work and reopening our construction sites, the health and safety of our employees and other site staff is Weston’s number one priority and we are doing everything we can to assist in safeguarding against the spread of COVID-19.
“We have reviewed every aspect of our site activities and implemented strict procedures in order to fully comply with the restrictions imposed by social distancing and health safeguarding requirements.”
Weston Homes will be maintaining self-distancing at two metres on all sites, and creating one-way pedestrian traffic routes through sites, walkways, and buildings, where possible, by the installation of items such as signposted routes and temporary external stairways.
Upon arriving and leaving site, construction staff, delivery drivers and construction site visitors will be required to wash their hands and, on all sites, Weston Homes has created bespoke wash stations for site staff comprised of sinks with their own independent water supply and sanitiser suppler.
Construction site at Langley Square
It stated that all sites would have a rota of enhanced cleaning regimes, with all touch points regularly sanitised.
For internal fit-out work, individual apartments and houses will be limited to two people at any one time, with operatives working in isolation in one selected room.
There will also be staggered start, finish and break times and a focus on site staff bringing their own food into work and eating in isolation at their allocated work station, rather than the traditional canteen-based system.
All non-essential site visits and meetings have been stopped and replaced by video or telephone conference calls.
“We are confident that we have a robust and comprehensive set of guidelines which mean that we can operate our construction sites safely and comply with strict social distancing requirements,” added Bob.
The news follows a series of construction sites which have introduced a phased reopening in May.
Weston Homes is currently marketing over 1,000 new homes for sale through marketing suites, dressed show homes and virtual tours.