A HOUSEBUILDER is starting to re-open its construction sites across the county.

Barratt Developments, parent company of David Wilson Homes, has opened its Dida Gardens site in Didcot.

It is the first to re-open in the region, with work being prioritised on already sold plots at advanced stages of construction.

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In line with the lockdown retail regulations, the company is not reopening its sales centres or show homes yet, but will continue to look after its customers remotely.

Anyone looking to buy a new home at their developments can still do so by getting in touch with David Wilson Homes.

A detailed set of working practices and protocols has been developed by David Wilson Homes so that its construction sites can operate safely and in line with the latest guidance from Government, Public Health Authorities and the Construction Leadership Council.

This includes changes to signage, site welfare facilities and compounds, site access and walkways and these measures have already successfully been implemented on one of its sites as a pilot.

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A nominated Social Distancing Marshal will also be present on all sites to ensure compliance and the company will provide induction, training and support for its employees and sub-contractors.

Paul Crispin, managing director at David Wilson Homes Southern, said: "We have created a detailed set of working practices and protocols for employees and sub-contractors to ensure that we can reopen our construction sites safely in a phased and measured way, which minimises risk."