Coronavirus

The CPA is monitoring the impact of COVID-19 for its members and the wider construction industry closely. We are working closely with other construction trade bodies and our membership to formulate appropriate responses and developing policy positions aimed at protecting the industry. This page provides the most up to date information, advice and resources relevant to our members.

Explore the tabs to find relevant resources, including the latest economic analysis on the impact of COVID-19, Government support and guidance and industry responses to the crisis. 

Construction Industry Briefings
The CPA is one of several construction trade bodies contributing towards a daily construction COVID-19 industry briefing, produced in collaboration between the Association for Consultancy & Engineering, Build UK, Chartered Institute of Building, CITB, Civil Engineering Contractors Association, Federation of Master Builders, and Institution of Civil Engineers. The daily briefings are designed to share consistent guidance and advice with the industry. Read the Briefing - 2 April

Previous Briefings: 1 April  / 31 March  / 30 March / 27 March / 26 March / 25 March / 24 March / 23 March / 20 March / 19 March

Construction Leadership Council Activity 


Coronavirus Employment Schemes Guidance
The Construction Leadership Council, supported by the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE), has produced (1 Apr 20) a guidance note on “Coronavirus Employment Schemes” – including a suggested process for managing furlough in relation to the other guidance such as SOP or critical works list. This includes a comprehensive FAQs list on construction specific queries.  Double-check the CLC website for updates

Support the fight against Coronavirus
The UK Government has asked industry to offer support to those fighting coronavirus. If your business can offer any support in any of the following areas:

  • protective equipment for healthcare workers, such as masks, gowns and sanitiser
  • hotel rooms
  • transport and logistics, for moving goods or people
  • manufacturing equipment
  • warehouse or office space, for medical use or storage
  • expert advice or consultancy on IT, manufacturing, construction, project management, procurement or engineering
  • social care or childcare
  • community support

Please use this link to offer your help.

European Construction Sector Declaration
The European construction sector calls for urgent measures to protect workers’ health, support economic activity and accelerate the recover. Read the full declaration.

The CPA has been asked by a number of government departments, members, industry colleagues and media about the impact of the Coronavirus on our industry.  The CPA’s economics team is assessing the key issues for the UK economy and construction and a ‘live’ briefing paper is available for CPA members. This will be updated regularly and can be accessed on the Economics Publications page after logging in. 

Access the CPA's COVID-19 Market Impact Report.

The UK government is enacting a range of measures to support businesses dealing with the impact of the virus. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has summarised a number of these measures on its website. The government has also launched its Business Support website to help businesses find the right support, advice and information to help with the impact of COVID-19.

Current guidance is that where it is impossible for people to work from home, for example on construction sites and in manufacturing operations, then assuming they are not displaying symptoms and do not need to self-isolate, they should go to work. Full guidance on staying at home and away from others (Section 4 - Going to Work). 

The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has written to the construction industry. Read the full letter. 

The other links below might also be of use to our members:

 

Business Intelligence: share the impact Coronavirus is having on your organisation 
The Government is welcoming information from businesses on impacts across supply, demand and labour markets, actions to address these impacts, and any gaps in the Government response from your perspective. Please send your intelligence to intel@beis.gov.uk. Individual company information may be commercially sensitive, and it will be treated accordingly.  Please note that this inbox is only for receiving intelligence and does not provide business advice.