Council for Aluminium in Building

Developments – Archive

An archive of Covid-19 weekly developments

w/c 11 May

  • Latest Barbour Weekly Report – 15 May 2020 Focusing on projects restarted
  • New COVID-19 – Site safety checklists, risk assessment tool and toolbox talk available from the CITB – Information has been produced in collaboration with the Construction Leadership Council and supported by Build UK.  The checklist and forms aim to help ensure site operating procedures during COVID-19 are clear and accessible to employees

COVID-19 – Site operating procedures compliance checklist

COVID-19 – Health safety and environment risk assessment template

COVID-19 – A toolbox talk for construction workers

COVID-19 – Weekly site operating procedures checklist

w/c 4 May 2020

w/c 27 April 2020

  • Build UK Coronavirus Newsletter 1 May It highlights problems around PPE/Social Distancing and transport for site workers. It also notes that the Construction Leadership Council are looking to develop a ‘Roadmap to Recovery’ for the industry. Issues discussed include accelerating public sector projects and delaying implementation of Reverse VAT. Liz Bridge, Secretary of the Joint Taxation Committee will be joining a CAB Forum in June (to be launched shortly) to discuss Reverse VAT and changes to IR35.
  • Guide to Conflict Avoidance and Dispute Resolution for the Construction and Engineering Industry. This guide has been produced by RICS, ICE, RIBA, CIArb and DRBF and is endorsed by the Construction Leadership Council. It summarises the major benefits of five techniques for avoiding conflict and resolving disputes early, which are endorsed by the organisations. It provides details on how each of these techniques operates in practice, and explains how these independent conflict avoidance and early intervention services can be accessed.
  • Coronavirus testing: The Government has extended the criteria under which people in England can receive testing for Coronavirus to include those who cannot work from home but are showing symptoms. This widening will now mean that construction workers that show symptoms would be able to get tested. Details of how to apply for testing can be found here.
  • Build UK Contractor membersare reporting that almost 70% of their sites are open in England and Wales. The majority are construction (81%) and infrastructure (78%) sites, with members that include housing in their portfolios confirming that less than half of their housing sites (46%) are open for business. Productivity on construction and infrastructure sites is averaging 67%, with London construction sites proving to be a particular challenge at just 56% output being achieved.
  • The new Bounce Back Loans scheme, announced by the Chancellor, will allow businesses to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000 and access the cash within days. Loans will be interest free for the first 12 months, and from Monday 4 May, businesses can apply online through a short and simple form. The scheme will launch for applications on Monday 4 May.
  • A how to guide for reopening your workplace v.1.0 An interesting and very thorough guide by Cushman & Wakefield (one of the world’s largest real estate services firms) on some of the outline thinking and practices they have implemented across the globe in response to Covid-19 (including China).

w/c 20 April 2020

w/c 13 April