The Government has announced a much-anticipated income support scheme for the self-employed to give similar protection to other workers during the coronavirus pandemic, a move which has led to calls for further closures of construction sites.
The number of developers and construction firms closing sites is growing, even though Government said they could stay open, while self-employed contractors await a financial support package due to be announced later today.
Contractor JRL has arrived on site to undertake enabling works for the 75-apartment development being brought forward by M4nchester Two, an SPV formed by ex-Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany and Northern Group's Nathan Ezair.
The Government has advised construction workers to go to work if it is safe to do so, but said Public Health England advice on social distancing and safety precautions must be followed, while calls for clarity from within the industry continue.
Warehouse demand has risen across the region from supermarkets and grocers to deal with the surge in demand caused by the coronavirus. Marks & Spencer, Aldi and Sainsbury’s are among those searching for vacant warehouses.