Construction now restarted on 86% of major sites

Date: 22 May 2020

Major contractors are now working on 86% of sites in England and Wales as the return to work on construction and infrastructure sites gathers pace.

An update from trade body Build UK on Wednesday revealed the number of operational sites for its contractor members – up from 82% last week.

Build UK’s membership includes most of the industry’s biggest names like Balfour Beatty, Laing O’Rourke, Kier, McAlpine, Skanska, Bouygues, Bam, Vinci, Wates, Mace, Willmott Dixon and Morgan Sindall.

The trade body also reported that productivity is improving on reopened sites.

Output has increased to 75% but there are still challenges in London where output remains slightly lower at 68%.

The situation in Scotland remains very different,with only 19% of projects running and output at just 22%.

Contractor members are also beginning to bring workers back from furlough, reporting this week that on average 22% of their workforce are now furloughed, down from 30% four weeks ago.

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