Paradise re-start will save jobs of contractors and in supply chain

The decision to restart work on the huge Paradise scheme in Birmingham city centre will see contractor and supply chain jobs saved, according to the boss of the developer carrying out the work.

The scheme had been mothballed due to the coronavirus pandemic, but work restarted last week with all contractors wearing full PPE and practising social distancing.

Rob Groves, regional director of Argent, development managers for the Paradise scheme, said: “After a thorough review of operations at Paradise Birmingham in light of the very latest guidance from government, main contractor BAM Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine have decided to recommence work from 6 April 2020 to help deliver progress across Paradise.

“New risk assessments have been carried out on a site specific basis and the decision will be reviewed regularly to ensure everyone is adhering to the very latest guidelines.

“There will be a considerably smaller workforce operating at Paradise at this time, but this decision will help to sustain direct contractor jobs and in the associated, local supply chains.”

Argent says the work being undertaken will be “limited in scope” in order to maintain the highest levels of safety for contractors employees, supply chain and the wider public.