19.06.2020

We’re Covid Ready.

North West Construction Hub board member Clare Huber provides an insight into how we are helping our clients to maintain momentum.

Throughout the current lockdown Cheshire West and Chester Council has maintained a productive level of operation with its construction contracts. 

One of the flagship and time critical projects is the new build £16m public service hub in Ellesmere Port. The project was procured via the North West Construction Hub and Vinci were appointed to deliver the scheme. The project procurement route has enabled us to continue with the project despite the current pandemic halting so much of normal day to day life. 

The North West Construction Hub and it’s contractors have been ready and willing to start work while adhering to the Covid-19 government guidelines, which has been of the upmost importance. 

The procurement process promotes continuous engagement with the project delivery team. Communication and planning lead by the contractor was meticulous. The scheme maintained momentum with remote working, patience and understanding from all parties. Solutions were developed and implemented for safety of site operation, with implementing and adhering to 2m social distancing in the forefront of the action plan. This would not have been possible if the trust and communication had not already been established throughout the tender process.

Work commenced on site in June amidst a national shutdown never seen before in our lifetime. The whole approach to a difficult situation has been inspirational and reinforces that a partnering approach is the only way to operate and delivery successful construction projects. 

Clare Huber is Senior Manager for Construction, Regeneration Major Projects and Markets at Cheshire West and Chester Council and a member of the North West Construction Hub board.

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