Redrow announces sites to reopen in May

Redrow has announced that it will be reopening some of its sites in May, with a phased return to construction from 18 May.

The housebuilder closed its sites on 27 March, but recently said it was “satisfied” it could comply with the Government’s social distancing measures.

According to Property Reporter, the housebuilder intends to begin mobilising sites during the week commencing 11 May. It planned to implement “robust social distancing protocols and physical measures,” including Covid supervisors for each site, enhanced signage and PPE, and e-learning and induction videos for staff.

Redrow said it had been speaking with suppliers to ascertain their production plans, alongside liaising with subcontractors. The housebuilder said its net reservations “have been running at very low levels.”

The firm has furloughed 80 per cent of its staff – around 1,800 workers, and the pandemic has forced executive chairman John Tutte to delay his plans to leave the post. Tutte had intended to step down in June.