• 20 May 2020
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Tolent has welcomed five new contract wins across the North East and Yorkshire, totalling around £38.2m.

The projects will see over 260 new homes built for a variety of clients including Gentoo, Centaura Homes, Bernicia, Chapter Homes and The Joseph Rowntree Trust.

Due to the ongoing global pandemic start dates have inevitably been delayed, but following support from the Government, most sites have been able to reopen through the implementation of Site Operating Procedures issued by Build UK, the leading representative organisation for the UK construction industry, and advice given by Public Health England.

On sites that remain open some of the steps taken include: re-programming works to minimise the number of people on site, staggering shifts and break times, providing full time cleaning services, implementing one-way access to work areas and at all times carrying out modified risk assessments to implement social distancing.

“From the start of this global pandemic, the health and wellbeing of our colleagues and supply chain partners has continued to be our number one priority,” said Tolent CEO, Andy McLeod.

“By administering rigorous social distancing and health and safety protocol, we have been able to safely reopen most of our sites and we continue to monitor the situation diligently. From supporting our most vulnerable colleagues to remain at home, assisting others to work from home and continuing to pay our subcontractors; we are committed to supporting everyone.”

Tolent has also expressed its thanks to frontline workers across the region with a number of donations of vital PPE.

Andy continued: “The dedication shown by our NHS and care providers has been incredible, and this deserves our thanks and praise. I’m particularly proud of our teams who have answered the call for PPE in donating masks, coveralls and gloves to our brilliant frontline workers.”

The team was recently recognised for its involvement in completing the NHS Nightingale Hospital in Sunderland.

Appointed to lead a regional-wide team to transform the vacant building in Washington into a facility that has the capacity to provide 460 beds for patients with coronavirus, Tolent rose to the challenge working around the clock to deliver the temporary hospital in just over three weeks.

The hospital is for patients from the across the North East and North Cumbria. Staff - including nurses, physiotherapists and doctors - will come from NHS trusts across the region, with teams working together to provide the best possible care.