Construction sites in central London can expect major disruption due to arrangements for the state and state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.
The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has also warned in guidance given to industry that the public might be angry if the sites continue to operate in sensitive locations.
He noted that official government guidelines stated: “There is no obligation for organizations to suspend their activities during the period of national mourning…” It would be “at the discretion of individual companies” if they wished to stop work. .
The CLC said: “Given the nature of construction activity, companies are advised to carefully consider on an individual basis whether sites operating near specific areas (eg central London) should continue to do so during the period of mourning and the state funeral. , especially at times when large crowds are likely to gather to pay their respects.
Central London is likely to experience disruption as preparations are underway for state funerals and lies in state, which “is likely to have impacts on access and activity on construction sites in central London”.
The CLC has advised contractors working there to review their operations and plan for significant disruptions to the movement of goods and site access in affected locations. Venues outside of London could be affected if they are close to commemorative events.
He said parts of the industry could not stop work even if businesses wanted to where the provision of essential services was involved.
“This creates reputational risk for the industry if the public perceives that the construction industry (and its workers, often in local communities) are behaving inappropriately, with heightened risk on the day of the state funeral,” he warned.
Work delays due to the mourning period could also lead to “business consequences” with customers and supply chains.
The CLC advised contractors to be open with customers and suppliers about any required changes to working hours or operations.
He said employees should be offered “some kind of time off to allow them to pay their respects”.