- The safety of our people and everyone who works with us is our highest priority.
- We remain active where safe to do so and in many of our functions such as bids, PCSAs and offsite.
- We have taken the difficult decision to furlough some employees until such time that activity returns to a level where they are required to return.
Adhering to Government guidance and working closely with our clients and project partners, we have significantly reduced activity or closed some sites and offices.
We will continue to follow the advice from Government and the Chief Medical Officer as well as the Construction Leadership Council Guidelines.
Where we can safely do so, we are answering the Government’s call to action and making whatever contribution we can to support the country and its economy.
We will seek to reopen our sites as and when it is safe to do so in full compliance with the Site Operating Procedures (SOP).
Given that sites across the country are now operating with minimal output in order to comply with current guidance, we have been reviewing resource requirements to reflect the work available.
Based on the reduced turnover available we have taken the difficult decision to furlough employees who cannot be successfully deployed.
We are a family at Sir Robert McAlpine and to take this action was difficult, but it is the best avenue through which we can protect our people and their jobs in the long term. We hope for the swift resolution of COVID-19, then we will see our sites reopen and our people and business fully operational again.
Until then we are all sharing the short-term pain across the business. Those who remain in post have been asked to accept a pay cut, including the Executive Board and Senior Leadership Team, whose cut is double that of the other retained employees.
Our focus is on looking after our people as best we can and supporting the NHS and frontline healthcare workers. This includes playing our part in constructing some of the emergency hospitals currently being commissioned.
We are incredibly proud of the fantastic response from our teams and supply chain partners across the country in very difficult circumstances.
As we endeavour to return to being a fully operational business meeting the needs of our clients and providing employment for our people, we will continue to keep the situation under constant review and remain prepared to take whatever action is required to protect the safety of everyone who works with us.
Paul Hamer, Chief Executive.