Basement Welfare Facilities

The contractor is working on a project consisting of a 14 storey office accommodation with a 2 storey basement. They excavated the 2 storey basement in spring 2019 and have since completed the steel frame work which the envelope and fit-out work are currently taking place.

The basement consists of concrete floor slab and reinforced concrete walls with the LGF made up of the same construction which will be the carpark area for the office.

Once they had completed the basement they decided to use the area to host their canteen and drying room for the construction phase to enable them to continue working safely through the coronavirus pandemic. The basement is a large area so they installed partitions, services and flooring to give the operatives a safe area to eat while working.

Additional chairs and tables were brough in to host 51 operatives safely at any given time. All tables are spaced out to follow social distancing guidelines and there is one table/chair per person.

In addition to this they have also brought in vending machines and, charging lockers free of charge. They have also implemented a one-way system for their operatives to use which enables them to get to and from the welfare safely and within the rest of the building to and from their work places.

They also hold their daily coordination meetings in the canteen so they can space out to discuss the following day works.

This example of best practice is just one way that projects can work to tackle the virus and reduce the spread. For full guidance and the latest Government advice read the Construction Leadership Council’s Site Operating Procedures.

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