Barratt to restart work on half of sites with no plans yet for Scotland

The UK’s largest housebuilder will begin a phased return to work on its construction sites this month however there are no plans yet to restart in Scotland.

Barratt Developments said today it will begin reopening half its sites on May 11, having closed all locations on by March 27.

“Work on our construction sites will recommence from 11 May, initially to implement the changes required under our new working practices and protocols,” it said. “We will then start a phased return to construction, with 180 sites – around 50% of the total - in the first phase.”

Given Scotland’s stricter guidelines on non-essential work, Barratt added: “We do not plan to restart work on our sites in Scotland at this time and will keep this position under review.”

Barratt joins Redrow, Persimmon, Taylor Wimpey and Vistry (formerly Bovis) in returning to work in England and Wales.

David Thomas, chief executive of Barratt Developments, said: “Our first priority is the health and safety of our employees, sub-contractors and customers. We have created a detailed set of working practices and protocols for employees and sub-contractors to ensure that we can reopen our construction sites safely, in a phased and measured way, which minimises risk. In line with our commitment to put our customers first, we will be prioritising the completion of those homes that our customers have already exchanged or reserved.

“I would also like to thank our employees who have been fantastic during this challenging time, both those who have worked hard to get us ready to restart and our employees who are not currently working, many of whom have been inspirational as volunteers in their local communities.”

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