BAM halts construction activities in UK amid Covid-19 crisis

WCN Editorial Team 27 Mar 2020 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Construction company BAM announced that it has paused all its activities at construction sites across the UK to review working practices necessary to reduce the risks of spreading Covid-19 (coronavirus).

The construction firm is keen on maintaining high levels of safety for its employees and their families, its supply chain and clients, along with the wider public. All of its operations are under constant review.

BAM said that it takes more time as detailed discussion and collaboration with clients, employees and its supply chain to enable safe working conditions set out by Public Health England and the new Site Operating Procedures developed by Build UK and the Construction Leadership Council.

Wherever work can be delivered as per the guidelines, it is anticipated that the sites will re-start from 30 March. This date will be kept under constant review, BAM said.

BAM’s facilities management activity across the UK has been assessed against the current guidelines and will continue.

Majority of BAM’s facilities management sites are government public sector buildings which are claimed to be critical in the UK’s national effort to fight the Covid-19.

The sites include health and social care, education, key public services, local and national government, public safety and national security, transport and financial services. BAM claims that its FM teams are working hard to keep these buildings operational.

Last week, BAM announced that its construction sites in Belgium have been closed in compliance with guidelines from the Belgian Government. The company stated that all the necessary measures were identified to preserve the interests of the company and its clients.

In Belgium, BAM claims to have more than 100 projects in progress and it has registered the majority of its 1,200 site employees for temporary unemployment so that they are entitled to unemployment benefits from the National Employment Office.

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Image: BAM UK halts operations in response to Covid-19 pandemic. (Credit: BAM Construct UK Ltd.)

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