5th Jun 2020
Across the construction industry, PPE is a fundamental part of every project. Much practiced in risk assessments and site adaptation, the StuartBarr CDR teams have risen to the challenges laid out by the government and subsequently by the Construction Leadership Council with regard to COVID -19 standard operating procedures and are delighted to report that all sites are now safety back up and running.
During lockdown, after extensive investment in specialist equipment and PPE, our contracts and site managers have been busy making risk assessments, working through capacity scenarios and distancing feasibility (both in working activity and break time facilities). In conjunction, they have been installing hygiene stations, signage and zoning sites, as well as training their teams in the new standard operating procedures.
Critical to making the new systems work is cooperation from every person who enters our sites, whether they be sub-contractors, suppliers, clients or collaborators, and we would like to thank the entire Barr Group ‘extended family’ for their wholehearted support in making our sites viable in terms of personal safe and socially responsible.
A new build overlooking the Hertfordshire countryside, innovatively designed by HollandGreen Architects, is set into the hillside. With a main entrance at the upper level, accessed via a bridge from the lane and the south-facing façade offering views across the valley from the upper and lower levels is an upside-down house with a difference. With well-planned teams maintaining safe operating procedures across this exciting but challenging site, work continues steadily towards what will, no doubt, be a truly stunning finished build.
Likewise, a multi-outbuilding conversion in the Berkshire countryside is at the stage where the wonderful old timber-framed structures which, having been carefully reinforced and re-roofed are heading towards cladding and finishes. Plenty of space means that teams can be organised across the site and allows work to proceed unhampered by distance restrictions. The three barns frame a central courtyard pool which, under the careful eye of Terrain Landscape Architecture and Kambos Consulting, is destined to become a truly exceptional completed project.
Further into Oxfordshire (again with stunning views – could there be a theme here!) an impressively high specification new build designed by Shaun Tanner Architecture includes wine cellars, outbuildings, basement spa, gym and much more! Here again, with plenty of space, keeping working distances is easier than on most sites. A great site set up and an ever-vigilant extended team ensure compliance with C-19 operating procedures and great progress.
Each site has presented its own challenges and has, of course, required individual assessment and adaption. When assessing a North Oxford townhouse renovation, there are space constraints and proximity of the general public to consider. Works at the University and on commercial builds similarly bring with them a more complex set of challenges. Of course, it will be a continual journey of adaptation and assessment over the coming months, as government guidelines change. Our priority throughout however will remain, as always, the quality of our work and the optimise of progress on every project - using careful planning to ensure the right balance between site capacity with site safety at all times.