Anwyl Partnerships, specialists in the provision of residential land and build developments, has reopened all building sites (across the North West and North Wales), and is currently operating at 70% capacity as the firm gradually reintegrates its large workforce following the Covid19 restrictions.
Two major projects, a social housing scheme in Rhyl and an extracare scheme in Aberystwyth, have remained live throughout the pandemic. Through partnering with subcontractors and suppliers, the projects at the former Grange Hotel site in Rhyl, which had reached roof installation stage, and an Extra Care scheme in Aberystwyth, which was preparing to accept the timber frame structure, were able to continue – crucially social distancing practices were manageable on both sites.
During lockdown and moving forward, Anwyl Partnerships continue to adapt its wider operation in response to government guidelines and industry directive. Tom Anwyl, Managing Director of Anwyl Partnerships explained: “Without a doubt, the past eight weeks have been incredibly challenging. We’ve carefully followed Government advice and the information provided by the Construction Leadership Council and have been introducing practical and sustainable changes almost daily in line with this information.
“Open and clear channels of communication have been retained throughout and we’ve worked closely with all of our partners to apply the correct approach and implement the most appropriate processes. I’m pleased to say that we’ve enjoyed positive feedback from employees, subcontractors and clients regarding our wider proactive approach.”
Tom continued: “We currently have eight major live projects with a further four to begin in the coming months. The way we work both on site and internally has shifted in many ways. On site, for example, we have introduced external hand washing stations, staggered lunch breaks, segregated circulation areas and more. Thought and attention to detail is paramount but with careful planning we are achieving all of our objectives – moving forward we will undoubtedly introduce some of these changes long term.
“Thinking ahead, I believe the pandemic will fast track the movement towards Modern Methods of Construction and we will see more demand for this approach, which our business already embraces.”
He concluded: “Communication between employees working from home and the construction teams was easily accommodated as we had begun using Microsoft Teams for online meetings over twelve months ago. A positive outcome of the restrictions has been the wider adoption of remote working which reduces the number of face to face meetings and associated travel.
“Our teams have been incredibly resilient, flexible and resourceful during these difficult time and we continue to work towards achieving a full capacity operation in the coming months.”