Western Morning News

Builder to reopen sites next month


HOUSEBUILD­ER Taylor Wimpey has said it plans to resume work on its constructi­on sites from May 4.

It comes after it ordered its sites, show homes and sales centres to be closed in March, as the coronaviru­s outbreak gathered pace.

The company said it will re-start activity on the majority of its sites in England and Wales using “detailed new site operating protocols developed in compliance with strict social distancing requiremen­ts”.

Taylor Wimpey said trading has “inevitably been impacted” by the virus, but demand has continued, with sales teams continuing remotely.

The firm said its order book increased to £2.67 billion to the week of April 19, up from £2.4 billion a year earlier.

Chief executive Pete Redfern said: “Our first priority is always the health and safety of our customers, employees, sub-contractor­s and suppliers.

“We took an early decision at the end of March to close our sites while we assessed in detail how to build homes without compromisi­ng on health and safety or quality.

“We are now confident that we have clear plans and processes in place so we can safely start back on site in a phased way beginning on May 4.”

Elsewhere, rival Vistry Group said it will re-start work on 90% of its partnershi­p sites and a “significan­t number” of housing sites from the start of next week.

The company, which was recently renamed from Bovis Homes, also said it had received 80 cancellati­ons and completed 193 private sales following the pandemic.

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