Cladding specialist resumes operations

Vivalda Group, which has its headquarters in Birmingham, has announced it is to re-start operations nationally from next week.

The return to work on Monday follows a shut down of approximately four weeks, in line with the Government’s enforced lockdown measures.

The supplier of cladding and façade systems recently voiced concerns over staff safety in the rush to re-open construction sites without proper distancing procedures being put in place – most notably on public transport.

The £40m turnover business has now confirmed a phased return to work, given the important nature of around 70 current projects replacing unsafe cladding with non-flammable products.

Vivalda’s managing director Ben Jayes said: “We’re obviously as keen as anyone to get back to work, but only when we can guarantee our people’s safety. Having seen the leadership shown by contractors such as Taylor Wimpey and housebuilders Persimmon, both of whom have introduced stringent Covid-19 policies and site procedures, we’re delighted to be supplying non-flammable cladding once again.

“For ourselves, we’ve sourced all the right PPE for staff at each site and undertaken compulsory training to ensure every branch operates to the Construction Leadership Council’s standard operating procedures. We’ve also considered transport options to work and have introduced flexible working so that those who need to take public transport can avoid rush hours and crowded tubes, trains and buses.”

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