It’s now almost a year since Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the first coronavirus lockdown in the UK, ordering people to "stay at home" on 23 March 2020.
Initially, many construction sites and offices were also closed, but the industry was soon called upon to help with the rapid construction of coronavirus hospitals. Gradually, having reviewed the Construction Leadership Council’s Site Operating Procedures (now in its 7th version to take account of ever-evolving government guidance), many started to re-open in April and May.
The return to work was facilitated by radical changes in working that even a few weeks prior would have seemed unimaginable, including social distancing and new technology to encourage it, ‘bubbles’ of workers, and remote working enabled by digital technology to name just a few.
Throughout the year, those new ways of doing things have been captured in a series of arresting images. Here are just a few to show how life in construction has changed over the past 12 months.