Statement from Thakeham Group

Wellbeing and safety have always been the main priority at Thakeham Group. We have been evolving our precautions in line with latest Government and Public Health England advice while continuing to deliver sustainable infrastructure-led placemaking.

We have measures in play to safeguard our staff, our clients, our customers, local residents and their families during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Our business continuity measures have been in operation for some time. They include the capability for remote working to minimize business disruption.

Our key critical IT structure, vital for our business continuity, is in the cloud. All Thakeham staff have received refresher training to enable the business to function with the majority of our staff operating from their homes.

We continue to carefully monitor the situation to ensure we follow the latest Government and Public Health England guidance.

Marketing suites and showhomes are now closed to visitors. Our sales operation is available through digital communication channels and via the telephone. We are being as flexible as needed to help our purchasers at this time.

At Thakeham’s site offices we have adapted our operations to increase our already high levels of hygiene. Be assured that we are not only following the latest guidance from the Government and Public Health England but also putting in place additional cleaning, social distancing and hygiene measures.

We have ruled that employees, clients and contractors hold video conferences or conference calls in place of face-to-face meetings. We are operating no more than 2 persons and 2m social distancing rule on all our sites and other procedures to protect our staff, our contractors and local residents, including the provision of appropriate PPE where necessary.

Our plans will continue to evolve as this situation develops and in step with Government and scientific advice. We will continue to issue further updates as and when we need to.

In the meantime, to help prevent the spread of the virus and protect everyone, we ask if you or any of your household have any symptoms, especially a high temperature and a continuous dry cough not to come to site.

We have provided hand sanitisers, extra wipes, tissues and paper towels and encourage their use throughout our offices. We have displayed posters and distributed information leaflets and regularly update these.

We are asking anyone who has recently visited us and thinks they have been at risk of contracting Coronavirus to call us immediately so we can advise the best course of action in the circumstances and continue to safeguard the wellbeing of our people and their families.

Rob Boughton, CEO

“Nobody knows exactly what will happen over the coming days and weeks. We need to be ready for anything and Thakeham continues to evaluate and adapt as this situation and guidance develops.

Whatever happens, the health and safety of our staff, contractors, customers, local residents and their families are paramount.

At an early stage, Thakeham shared guidelines with our staff on working from home, social distancing and advised on avoiding meetings and non-priority travel. We have shared information material digitally and in print throughout the business. We have initiated training to enable as many staff as possible to work from home as required.

We must all play our part in limiting the effect of this virus in our communities. This is our robust and ongoing response to ensure our staff and contractors have everything they need to reduce the risk of infection.”

If you have any further questions, please get in touch with your key contact at Thakeham Group.

Further information:

Letter from the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Alok Sharma: Coronavirus (COVID-19): letter to the construction sector

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