In the third of our ‘Life after Lockdown’ series, Mulbury’s Construction Director Glyn Fazackerley explores the realities of directing a regional building programme during a global pandemic.
With social distancing a foreign concept to most of us back in March, we’ve all had to work hard to change the behaviours that are so deeply ingrained on building sites.
Tradespeople are just so used to working closely together to get the job done. When it came time to reopen our sites, we adopted the construction industry’s updated Site Operating Procedures for working safely during the pandemic.
However, the senior management team also brainstormed and put in place a raft of additional processes to help get the team back to work safely.
Robust sanitisation procedures are now followed across Mulbury sites, with all staff completing thorough training on the measures before returning to work. We’ve safely separated staff to make them feel safe, while ‘buddy bubbles’ mean harder tasks that require multiple tradespeople can still be completed.
When we first came back on site there were some materials shortages while builders’ merchants were closed – which inevitably meant we had to work with clients to push back original deadlines and agree altered timings on some schemes.
However, our strong supplier relationships have stood us in good stead helping us to keep materials coming through to site. As a result, development handover delays have been minimally impacted.
We’ve been commended by our workers and clients for our Covid-secure work environment, for which we are incredibly proud.
With the responsibility of ten sites and nearly 350 construction staff and contractors falling on my shoulders, directing a regional building programme during a global pandemic has not been an easy feat.
There were many sleepless nights, but gladly we’ve come out the other side. Things feel stable now and the future looks bright for Mulbury as we start work on several new sites in the region.
We’ve even recruited three new managers to take the reins at these new sites, with induction software allowing on-boarding to be done remotely with minimal contact.
The whole reopening process has been a real team effort. I have a great support network here at Mulbury and it’s due to the firm’s first-class team that we’re back to delivering much-needed homes.