The team at Mulberry Court
Like all construction companies J P Dunn Construction have faced a series of hurdles over the last six months – the uncertainty created by Brexit, the effect of poor weather on production on the early months of 2020, and more recently the impact of COVID-19. When the lockdown was announced at the end of March the company took the decision to close all sites with immediate effect. After a pause of several days it was decided to return to work where it was judged safe to do so and in full compliance with CLC guidelines. Nevertheless on a number of residential projects the Clients chose not to reopen straight away. Elsewhere there was an effect on progress due to the reality of the new restrictions on social distancing, and the demands on travel arrangements and welfare facilities. New jobs have been slow to start in this environment.
The key driver in all the decisions during this period has been the health of the workforce and of those with whom they come in to contact when they go home at night. The support of all staff and operatives is massively appreciated. The image shows the team at Mulberry Court standing at 2m intervals to show a moment of respect to the staff of the NHS who are having to work extended hours in such difficult conditions, too often without the proper PPE.
Those sites that had closed are now opening again, and the pipeline of future work looks to be opening up in the summer months. Next week the tower cranes will be swinging again on the substantial residential scheme being undertaken in Bromley-by-Bow for Mount Anvil and the Peabody Trust. In the months ahead the restrictions being put in place will become the new reality but construction will remain a vital component in delivering the schools, hospitals and homes that still need to be built. A big thanks to all employees for the part being played at this difficult time and keep well.