Housing giant to re-start construction in Lincolnshire

Barratt Developments has announced it will start re-opening construction sites in Lincolnshire, starting in North Hykeham.

The Manor Farm site will re-start operations fully as of Monday, May 18 with priority placed on plots that have already been sold.

Minimal amounts of labour have been on site on Monday, May 11 in order to prepare for a fully phased return next week.

Manor Farm development is a plan to create close to 1,000 properties, with work expected to be complete in March 2021.

The development firm, a parent company of Barratt Homes, is keeping sales sales and show homes closed in line with the lockdown regulations.

This comes as a response to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s speech yesterday (Sunday, May 10), in which some sectors were encouraged to return to work if they couldn’t do so from home, and to “stay alert” against coronavirus.

The firm’s locations and sites were closed by March 27 when the UK first went into lockdown.

The company will look after customers remotely and invite people to contact Barratt Homes if they want to buy one of the new developments.

Chris Southgate, Managing Director at Barratt Homes North Midlands, said: “Our first priority is the health and safety of our employees, sub-contractors and customers.

“We have created a detailed set of working practices and protocols for employees and sub-contractors to ensure that we can reopen our construction sites safely, in a phased and measured way, which minimises risk.”

The changes to protocol and safety regulations include the nomination of a social distancing marshal, as well as relevant signage and site access facilities.

Barratt Homes has also donated 5,000 PPE items to local services as well as 400 defibrillators for St. John’s Ambulance from sites across the region.

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