Updated 24th March 2020
As we are all acutely aware, the rapid escalation of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and the very dynamic developments impacting on UK business is unprecedented and likely to escalate significantly in coming weeks and months.
In anticipation of the recent developments, Sanderson
Associates and Fairhurst have for some weeks been developing a proactive
response to protect the health and wellbeing of our employees, clients,
business contacts and suppliers, whilst also seeking to minimise disruption and
ensure continued and uninterrupted service to our clients. Our Senior
Management, in-house IT Specialists and Health & Safety Team are working
together to continue to develop and stress-test procedures and systems to
further reinforce our already established Business Continuity Plan.
The health and wellbeing of our employees is being protected
through application and adherence to the advice provided by the UK Government,
World Health Organisation, the NHS and our internal guidance and
procedures. Employees are kept fully
appraised of this advice though regular updates on our intranet homepage and
directly during daily contact with Senior Management.
Business related travel and contact through face to face
meetings and social interaction is now prohibited. All business to business and
project team interaction, which is fundamental to the construction industry, is
being promoted through alternative means of distance communication.
Our offices have been closed in line with UK Government
advice to only travel to and from work where this is absolutely necessary and
where work cannot be undertaken from home. However, our employees have been
provided with the IT facilities required to work remotely and flexibly from
home, with IT systems offering home-workers full and secure access to all of
our project file servers, our email system and specialist software licensing,
allowing our design services to continue uninterrupted. Our project teams
remain in regular dialogue, sharing information remotely and continuing to
provide a coordinated service both internally and with fellow project
Sanderson Associates and Fairhurst have taken, and will continue to take, all practical steps to protect our employees, clients, business contacts and suppliers, whilst ensuring business continuity through intelligent application of our established IT systems.
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24th March 2020