New guidelines issued

Some construction restarts for essential works

John Newcomb: ‘sufficient signs of demand’

Construction leaders are preparing for a limited return to work after receiving clarification on what are considered essential projects from the Scottish government.

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is issuing new guidelines from Housing Minister Kevin Stewart to its members.

They operate from 420 branches and 26 manufacturing sites across Scotland.

The BMF has also ensured supplies can be obtained in line with Covid-19 restrictions, as builders and plumbers carry out essential repairs and maintenance.

John Newcomb, BMF chief executive, said: “We believe there are now sufficient signs of demand and an appetite by builders and contractors who are returning to work to encourage merchants to re-open for business, providing it is safe to do so.

“The safety of merchant staff, suppliers and customers is paramount and the number one priority is to minimise the risk of transmitting coronavirus.”

To underpin safety, the BMF has produced new Branch Operating Guidelines for builders’ merchant staff to follow in the office and trade counter, for customer and supplier deliveries, customer collection and for tool hire during the Covid-19 outbreak. 

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