Photos said to be from sites around the country including Hinkley Point C
Photos on Twitter show construction sites bustling with workers despite much of the rest of the country entering a state of lockdown.
Many workers returned to sites this morning amid confusion following Boris Johnson’s address to the nation last night, in which he ordered the country to enter a state of lockdown but did not say if that applied to building sites.
Cabinet ministers, including communities secretary Robert Jenrick last night and Michael Gove this morning, clarified that sites could remain open.
Some companies are beginning to announce closures.
This crowded site is purported to be a biomass power station in Teesside today.
MGT power, construction of a bio mass power station in Middlesbrough this morning. The largest bio mass station in the world with 1700 workers on site.— Dave Smith (@DaveBlacklist) March 24, 2020
Photo via Simon Duncan, @GMB_union rep "Please tell me Mr Johnson how do we adhere to social distancing?" #shutthesites pic.twitter.com/EPtAna4w9n
The photos below were collected by Dan Dobson, an electrician and trade union activist, and show building work across several major London sites yesterday apparently continuing regardless of the pandemic. Some could now be in the process of closing as firms take their own action.
Construction sites are open as usual across the UK, this photo was taken twenty minutes ago on a site at Waterloo.— Dan Dobson (@DanJDobson) March 23, 2020
Contractors are refusing to shut sites until the Gov force them so they dont fall foul of any contractual clauses. #COVIDー19 #construction #ShutTheSites pic.twitter.com/ydAYVw8lUS
Offices across the UK are empty as staff work from home, most schools have been shut, and cafes, restaurants, gyms and leisure centres have closed. But work at these building sites continued as normal.
This site is purported to be Skanska’s 80 Fenchurch Street yesterday, showing workers packed into the canteen despite government warnings to stay at least 2m apart to prevent the spread of the highly contagious virus.
This is a photo of Hinkley Point C from this morning.— Dan Dobson (@DanJDobson) March 23, 2020
There are thousands of construction workers on this project. Most living in shared accommodation. #COVIDー19 #Construction pic.twitter.com/yKEQrEjXIN
More tightly packed workers filling the canteen at Hinkley Point C (above), being built by Balfour Beatty.
A Mace project in Moorgate.
Here we have a site in Moorgate, Central London.— Dan Dobson (@DanJDobson) March 23, 2020
Run by @MaceGroup.
Looking at the hi-vis vests, there is a @JIBelectrical company T.Clarkes @tc_marklawrence.
How is this safe????#ShutTheSites pic.twitter.com/FhF7l9dfYJ
A Berkeley site in Edgeware Road (second below) next to a sign saying: ”There is nothing more important to the Berkeley Group than the elimination of all worker injury and the promotion of healthy living throughout our organisation.”
An unnamed site purported to be in Marble Arch (second below).
Here we have a photo taken from a site today at Marble Arch, Central London.— Dan Dobson (@DanJDobson) March 23, 2020
The worker didn't want to give the contractors name for fear of repercussion. #ShutTheSites #construction pic.twitter.com/CZxbaemsR1