Housebuilder Persimmon is reopening its developments in Bristol, including its show homes.
The company said the move to reopen sites in the city on Saturday (May 16) is in line with new guidance issued by the Government for the construction industry.
The sites will open with “strict” social distancing and health and safety measures in place, according to Persimmon, and sales consultations will be on a pre-booked appointment basis only.
The four sites in Bristol – Parkfields, Brookfields, The Croft at Lyde Green and Whitewood Park on Brook Road – are among the first to reopen.
The company said sales staff had received training to “ensure they know how to keep visitors safe”.
Paul Moody, director in charge of Persimmon Homes Severn Valley, said: “We are delighted that we are now in a position to be re-opening these developments in Bristol.
“The health, safety and wellbeing of the public and everyone who works on our sites remain the top priority.
“Our sales advisers have worked extremely hard to help existing and new customers during this difficult lockdown period and continue to be able via phone and email. Reservations and completions have, in fact, remained strong despite no face-to-face contact.
“Even so, being able to meet with househunters, albeit at a safe distance, is an important step forward and will be a help for many people.”
‘The housing sector has a key role to play in the UK’s economic recovery’
Persimmon said its staff, sub-contractors and suppliers had been developing ways to work safely in preparation for a return to its sites and sales offices.
Chief executive David Jenkinson said: “The housing sector has a key role to play in the UK’s economic recovery.
“The urgent need for new homes has not been diminished by Covid-19 and the new measures announced by the Government will reopen the housing market and allow people to get moving again.”
Persimmon said it had not accessed any form of Government support during the shutdown period.
Mr Jenkinson added: “Now, as we re-start activity, this decision is also enabling us to get back to work swiftly and safely.
“Persimmon is open for business and we are looking forward to welcoming customers back to site and continuing to play our part in rebuilding Britain’s economy.”
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