Work to extend and improve older people’s accommodation, build 140 new homes and a new centre for disabled children and their families, has restarted in York following the initial outbreak of Coronavirus.
With the Government encouraging construction to continue in the UK, York City Council’s contractors have reviewed guidance from the Construction Leadership Council and conducted careful risk assessments of all on-site activities.
As a result, Wates Ltd has restarted work at Lowfield Green, where it is building 140 new homes as part of the Housing Delivery Programme.
Construction work is also back underway on independent living schemes at Marjorie Waite Court, delivered by Hobson & Porter, and Lincoln Court and a Centre of Excellence, both delivered by Sewell.
The contractors have put in place robust new procedures to protect their workforce, suppliers and the local community, including a restricted number of suppliers and workers on site at any one time to support social distancing measures, plus additional hand-washing and welfare facilities.
Councillor Denise Craghill, executive member for housing and safer neighbourhoods, said:
“Good progress is being made on all these sites and I’m very pleased the contractors are taking great care to ensure the work can proceed safely, working to Government and industry guidance on social distancing and safe working to minimise the risks.
“I hope this allays any concerns of residents who live close to the sites. The sooner the work proceeds, the sooner it will be finished, providing new homes and much-needed new facilities.”
Councillor Carol Runciman, executive member for health and adult social care, added: “In these difficult times, I’m so pleased to be able to look forward and see work continuing to build a better future for our residents.
“I would like to thank the residents living near these sites for their understanding and thank you to our resilient and adaptable staff and contractors in these challenging circumstances.”