Construction industry

Home building industry 'ready to go'

Good Morning Scotland

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Scotland's home building industry is "ready to go" at the end of this week, insists Nicola Barclay of Homes for Scotland.

The government plan to ease restrictions on moving houses in phase two of their route map. Phase one is likely to begin on Thursday.

However, Ms Barclay tells BBC Radio Scotland: "I don't see any reason why we couldn't start from this Thursday.

"The lawyers, the lenders and removal firms have already said they have safe procedures in place for staff and customers.

"Most procedures have moved digitally over the last 10 weeks, there is very little face-to-face contact, even something like handing over keys can be done safely."

Move to ease business restrictions 'helpful start'

Builders after lockdown announced
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Scottish business leaders have described plans to ease restrictions on garden centres as well as the agriculture, forestry and construction sectors as a "helpful start", after Nicola Sturgeon unveiled her route map for easing lockdown.

Welcoming the move, Scottish Chambers of Commerce chief executive Liz Cameron called for the publication of "detailed sectoral guidelines" to be accelerated to help businesses prepare for a restart.

CBI Scotland director Tracy Black said the Scottish government's four-phase plan provided a "helpful starting point for firms preparing for the restart and those already working hard to ensure their operations are as safe as possible for staff and customers".

Malcolm Cannon, head of the Institute of Directors Scotland, said his organisation was "encouraged" by the proposed easing of restrictions.

The Federation of Small Businesses in Scotland also welcomed the easing of some restrictions, but called on ministers to provide "as a matter of urgency, clear, realistic guidance to all businesses about the steps they should take before reopening".

Construction to begin again on new homes

A home builder is to start a phased re-opening of a number of construction sites in the East of England.

Barratt Developments said 31 sites in the region from the Barratt and David Wilson Homes brand will be re-opened.

The company is not re-opening its sales centres or show homes yet.

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Andrew Swindell, regional managing director of the company, said: "We have created a detailed set of working practices and protocols for employees and sub-contractors to ensure that we can re-open our construction sites safely in a phased and measured way which minimises risk."

Sites where customers have already exchanged or reserved will resume first, he added.

Construction firm collapses amid virus lockdown

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A Scottish construction firm has called in administrators after being hit by the coronavirus lockdown.

A total of 20 workers have been laid off at Oban-based Neil McGougan Ltd, which provided building and construction services to clients across Argyll and Bute and the west Highlands.

Administrators from Campbell Dallas said the company had been hit by severe cash flow problems after construction activity was halted on non-essential sites.

The business, which was founded in 1986, has ceased trading with immediate effect.

The joint administrators are seeking buyers for the assets, which include plant, equipment and vehicles.