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3 Floor Fitout

Prior to UK lockdown, one of Metropolitan’s largest clients engaged us to strip out three floors of office space after a lease expiry and the tenants departure.

Metropolitan initially set up the site in accordance with CDM with standard welfare facilities and working practices. Our preferred demolition contractor was engaged to carry out the removal of office furniture and dismantling of partitions and joinery. Metropolitan managed the isolations and strip out of all M&E plant to ensure a safe working environment for the demolition contractor. Some equipment was retained to use as critical spares, being a tenanted floor, not all equipment was compatible with our clients own systems.

A few weeks into the programme, concerns surrounding Covid-19 were growing and safety issues operating on site became abundantly clear. We took steps to protect the site by enforcing social distancing before it was more widely enforced. We achieved this by spreading operatives across all three floors and adjusting working times to minimise contact between individuals.

As soon as lockdown became UK wide, Metropolitan took the only decision we felt appropriate, suspension of all activities until better government guidance was published and we could suitably protect staff, clients and suppliers.

Over the past three weeks, we have held numerous remote meetings with the client, H&S advisors and suppliers to understand how we could re-open the site in a safe manner.

We are pleased to say that following agreement on how to proceed safely, we have managed to re-open the site whilst ensuring that the safety of all involved is top priority.

Measures introduced to protect all involved:

Social Distancing

  • 2M to be between all operatives at any time
  • Working across three floors in smaller groups
  • Three 8 hour work shifts to separate individual groups
  • All operatives are to travel to site alone in their own transport and park on site.
  • Sole use of three lifts and restricted number of passengers allowed.
  • Break times have been separated to allow strict social distancing in the welfare area.
  • All staff to bring food/drink with them which is adequate for the shift - no trips out to go and buy food/drink unless in an emergency.

Additional Hygiene

  • Face masks are a required part of PPE
  • Additional cleaning frequency and methods of welfare area and toilets
  • Additional sanitation stations throughout the site.

Following the introduction of these steps, we can confidently complete the project whilst protecting everyone involved. Planned completion is due in June and even with these adaptations the team are still confident in meeting the deadline.