20.01.2021

Laing O’Rourke: COVID and Brexit update

Hub Framework partner, Laing O’Rourke, provide an update on how they are combating the issues brought on by the pandemic and Brexit.

COVID-19

Last March, Laing O’Rourke introduced new COVID-secure working practices across all its projects and has reviewed and updated these regularly to ensure they follow the Construction Leadership Council’s Site Operating Procedures and have sites that remain COVID-secure.

The changes made have included implementing social distancing across the projects, for example with split shift patterns on some projects; introducing one-way systems in corridors and staircases, increased space for welfare and canteen facilities with a rota system to separate the workforce, and the mandatory use of face coverings. Cleaning has also been increased and through regular briefings the workforce has been kept updated on the latest government and company guidance to limit the spread of COVID-19. Additionally, staff who are able to work from home continue to do so.

Brexit

Laing O’Rourke planned for potential outcomes (in terms of deal or no deal) to ensure they had robust contingency plans in place that would mitigate any impacts on their core activities, to enable them to deliver current and future contract commitments with certainty for clients. The company’s focus has been on current live projects and those which underpin the future viability of the business. Based on knowledge of their current pipeline, significant Government commitments (both already in play and under negotiation), and the infrastructure needs of the country – Laing O’Rourke has states that it believes that construction activity in infrastructure (particularly rail, education, power generation and utilities) will continue to grow over the medium term. The scale and visibility of the investment pipeline for schools and hospitals, along with the efficiency of the Government procurement route and the commitment to offsite, Modern Methods of Construction, strengthens Laing O’Rourke’s position.

For all current projects in the delivery phase Laing O’Rourke continue to monitor any Brexit impact and discuss with its clients how best to mitigate to ensure a successful outcome for all stakeholders.

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