An industry quickly adapting to new working conditions

17th July 2020

As the UK’s largest provider of surface repair and restoration services to the sector, at Plastic Surgeon we’ve witnessed first-hand, the effort that the industry has put into ensuring that work can continue safely whilst adhering to government guidelines and site operating procedures.

Housebuilders have worked around the clock to reopen sites, with additional health and safety practices being adopted to ensure a safe working environment for all, assisting in allowing all manner of trades to return to work.

A recent article by The Guardian reported that, housebuilders accounted for the bulk of the uplift in construction finding that 46% of firms reported an increase in business compared with 27% who experienced a reduction.  And this is certainly something that we have seen, since sites began to safely reopen their doors in May, Plastic Surgeon has already completed over 16,000 repairs.

Richard Moreton, National Account Manager at Plastic Surgeon commented:

“We have been incredibly impressed with the measures our housebuilding clients have put into place and the strategies and initiatives that they have implemented to ensure trades can continue to operate upon their sites.”

“The repairs that we continue to carry out across new home sites range from damaged internal doors, chipped worktops and cracked sanitaryware, mainly repairs that are required to get plots ready for handover.”

With the Chancellor’s recent announcement regarding a stamp duty holiday, Rightmove reported that the volume of enquiries for new build properties soared. They saw a record 8.5 million visits to their website on just one day, with enquiries regarding new build homes up 21% on the previous record, an encouraging sign for the continued recovery of the industry.

Housebuilders have been quick to adapt to the new working conditions and quickly and efficiently made improvements to their processes.

Stringent social distancing, signage and hygiene measures were implemented across all of the sites that we continue to work on, reducing risks and ensuring that our finishers and their site team, felt safe to come to work. Richard added:

“It’s been a very strange few months, but we’re incredibly proud of the work that the housebuilding industry continues to achieve.  The Prime Minister has said that the sector is key to economic growth and we will continue to work with our housebuilding clients to ensure that they can meet their housing targets”.

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