Cruden Group Ltd Covid-19 Statement – Wednesday 1st April 2020
Since the start of the UK Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, Cruden Group has worked closely with our clients and project partners to do all we can to keep our people safe and our sites running.
At all times, our main priorities have been to protect the welfare, health, safety and well-being of everyone directly or indirectly working for and with us; to continue to service our clients and their stakeholders and to deliver our projects with high quality pre-construction and construction phase services. In doing so we have closely followed the Government’s and industry advice.
As a responsible employer, Cruden, at the earliest opportunity, enabled all office-based staff to work from home ensuring communication and connectivity with our operational systems and processes.
Our construction sites remained open and operational during March, with our sites enforcing the guidance for construction as set out by Public Health England and the Site Operating Procedures developed by Build UK and the Construction Leadership Council.
Unfortunately, from today, 1st April 2020, we are having to close a number of sites. These closures are largely as a result of unavailability of materials, as virtually all of the major suppliers are now closed, together with a significant tail off of sub-contractors able to attend site. We are adopting a planned and managed approach to shutting these sites down efficiently, securely and safely.
On those sites where operations are continuing for the time being, we will continue to enforce the Public Health England guidelines, looking after the health and safety of everyone involved in what we do. Stakeholders in each project and members of our supply chain should check with the Contracts Manager and Site Manager on each scheme for the current status.
As a result of the sites closing we have put a number of employees into furlough, in line with the Government’s support programme. We understand that this decision will have a detrimental impact on progress of works and impact heavily on our people, however it’s a decision we have not taken lightly.
As soon as we are able to restart the sites, and bring these employees out of furlough, we will very much look forward to doing so.
As the Covid-19 crisis across the North West and the UK as a whole develops over the coming days and weeks, we will be constantly reviewing and providing further updates on the actions we are taking.