Collaboration key to Scottish sites reopening

VEITCHI Group has called on the construction industry to work together to solve the challenges that could allow sites to reopen.

The subcontractor decided to speak out in a bid to halt the economic damage and cash flow difficulties being experienced within the sector.

Veitchi revealed it has already started discussions with its main contractors and other stakeholders to devise amended plans. The firm said cooperation will be required from the likes of planning departments to allow extended site operation hours to facilitate working rotations.

Veitchi Group MD Jim Preston said, “In these times of social distancing and self-isolation the industry needs to consider changing its processes and procedures to ensure an even more responsible approach is adopted. Perhaps we should all view this as a welcome chance to reboot the general safety standards and working conditions on sites so they can reopen safely and respect new government protocol.”

The Cambuslang headquartered company said the impact of industry collaboration could be seen to its full effect at the recently opened NHS Louisa Jordan at Glasgow’s SEC. The temporary hospital, capable of hosting up to 1,000 beds, was completed in just three weeks, with 25 staff from Veitchi’s flooring division laying 13,000 sq m of anti-slip vinyl in just four days.

Mr Preston added, “We worked with our supply chain across the UK to have materials and PPE delivered to site within 48 hours of a meeting with the Government. It was a tremendous effort by all of the companies involved and showed just what can be done.”