Contractor Novus reopens first phase of construction sites

Stoke-based building contractor Novus has reopened a number of its construction sites across the UK as it starts the first phase of its coronavirus mitigation plan.

The business operates on a national level and has re-opened around half of its newbuild sites following government guidance, the release of the CLC Site Operating Procedures – Version 3 and increasing capacity from its wider supply chain.

Novus suspended all of its construction work four weeks ago. In line with the government’s wider nationwide lockdown, the business made the decision in order to ensure its employees, clients, members of its wider communities and supply chain remained safe as well as in response to the sector-wide issues around supply chain restrictions and materials and labour shortages.

Following further announcements from the government, contract leads and supply chain partners, it will announce details of the second phase of the plan in due course.

Lee Hartley, Operations Director at Novus, said:

“The safety of everyone involved in our building and maintenance projects is always the top priority for us.

“We’re confident that, by following the government’s guidance around social distancing measures, adapting our working practices accordingly and providing our colleagues with the necessary personal protective equipment, we’re playing our part in keeping people safe at work and delivering building projects across the country.”