Building sites will be allowed to stay open late and at weekends under law change to help construction industry catch up, government source says

Building sites will be permitted to remain open late and during weekends in a proposed move by ministers to assist firms with returning to work and abstain from compounding problems unleashed by the coronavirus flare-up on the economy.

A proposed temporary override of measures that regularly disallow building work being embraced around evening time or on Sundays will be allowed with assistance firms ‘get up to speed’ with ventures postponed by the national lockdown, which started on March 23, an administration source has revealed.

A week ago, various development companies, including Persimmon and Taylor Wimpey, both annnounced they would continue work and reopen sites, while Britain’s greatest brick producer, Ibstock, will open 21 brickworks from Monday.

The proposed move to get the constuction industry back up and running comes amid fears that contractors are getting ‘increasingly concerned’ about their work being terminated if their contracts have not been reactivated by May.

Most development contracts have a provision that if a subcontractor stops labour for two months the business can end the agreement… it is especially time delicate for this industry,’ said the source.

The proposition has been mooted as the head of perhaps the greatest house builder yesterday encouraged the Government to set out a leave procedure to get the nation going once more.

Pete Redfern, the CEO of FTSE 100 firm Taylor Wimpey, has broken ranks with rival bosses to push the Government to plot an arrangement to end lockdown.

Redfern says the exit strategy does not necessarily need a fixed date, but insisted it was time to give businesses ‘a direction that people can plan around’.

Taylor Wimpey last week became one of the first businesses to announce plans to resume work after it formulated a way to restart construction safely. It was joined by rivals Persimmon and Bovis Homes owner Vistry.

Redfern said Taylor Wimpey had gone through the previous month incubating an arrangement to come back to business while meeting the Government’s lockdown rules and social separating rules.

The developer has been in contact with No 10 and the Treasury, which Redfern said had given strong signs for its drive.

Redfern said most occupations on building sites could be completed while keeping up social distancing measures.

Developers performing assignments where that is absurd –, for example, overwhelming manual lifting employments including more than one individual – would be outfitted with individual defensive hardware.

Taylor Wimpey plans to revive most of its structure destinations from May 4 in England and Wales, yet will keep sites in Scotland shut as per Scottish rules.

The development business isn’t the just one approaching a facilitating of limitations forced by the lockdown.

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