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Association News: Industry News

Coronavirus Update - 11 May

11 May 2020  
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Dear members, 

As many of you tuned in to the Prime Minister's announcement last night, you may already be aware of the suggestions offered with regard to returning to office's and sites. Construction workers and those in our industry who cannot perform their work at home, have been given the go-ahead to return to offices and sites, taking advised caution with social distancing and avoiding public transport where possible. For those who are able to manage their tasks from home, it is required that they continue to do so until further announcements are made.


Important Information

Site Operating Procedures

To keep yourself and your colleagues safe on site, you must follow the Site Operating Procedures published by the Construction Leadership Council.

This guidance introduces consistent measures for construction sites in line with the government’s recommendations on social distancing. 

Site Operating Procedures



Guidance for On-Site Construction

To help with understanding how to operate small sites safely in the current COVID-19 pandemic, CIC along with Langley Waterproofing Systems Ltd have produced a video, which we hope is useful.


Please follow the link below to watch the full video.

On-Site Guidance Video



Bounce Back Loans

Bounce Back loans will allow small business to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000. Backed by the government, the loans will be interest-free for 12 months. 
The bounce back loans scheme runs alongside the existing Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme and the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme.


Please see the links below for further information on each. 

Bounce Back Loans


Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme


Interruption Loan Scheme




Open Doors provides accommodation solution for construction industry

The Construction Leadership Council (CIC) are advising those in the construction industry who are working away from home, to use Open Doors as a means for accommodation. Build UK have repurposed their website and remind those travelling, that while the site is live, more locations are being added, so in the event that there are none in your area of travel, to please get in touch with your site postcode and find out if there are options available. 

Open Doors


CABE Benevolent Fund Emergency Grant

The CABE Benevolent Fund continues to process applications for the COVID-19 Emergency Grant. With the vast majority of successful applications, receiving their grant within days of applying, the Benevolent Fund encourages those who have been impacted to submit an application. The grant is available to all members, 
and includes retired members or former members and their widows, widowers, children, and other immediate dependants of deceased, retired, or former members including member of ABE and IAAS.


Apply for CABE Benevolent Fund Emergency Grant


Please remember that safety is paramount, and if you are unable to maintain social distancing you need to consider the alternatives before opening up offices and sites.

Kind regards,

Dr Gavin Dunn
Chartered Building Engineer
Chief Executive