Wed 25 Mar 2020
Rachel North, Operations Manager
Following current Government advice our offices are now closed and the AB Team are remote working at home. During this unprecedented force majeure pandemic AB endeavour to act within Government, HSE and our regulatory body advice & guidance, policies, legalisation and announcements which are fast changing. This may mean that only essential works are carried out to mitigate risk, where it is reasonable, responsible, practical and permitted under the circumstances and said guidance.
Robert Jenrick MP, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government ((MHCLG) confirmed on BBC Radio 4 today 25/3/2020 that contractors should continue to work on site to ensure the maintenance of buildings for fire safety and sanitation reasons and for cladding remediation works to continue, provided the work is done in accordance with Public Health England guidance e.g. 2 metre distancing. This may change.
If you are a tenant in one of our managed lets, or resident in a block or estate that we manage please continue to contact your Property Manager via email. They will assess maintenance requests on a case by case basis. It goes without saying, please advise your Property Manager if you have any reason to believe you or someone you have been in physical contact with in the last 14 days may be affected by Corona Covid 19 or flu / cold like symptoms, and if you are self isolating. We will also ask the same of any visiting Contractor.
In the meantime occupants should familiarise themselves with water stop cocks, isolation valves and know how to shut off the gas supply and anything that will reduce risk if things go wrong. Please test regularly smoke alarms & CO2 detectors and ensure that they are in working order.
You might find the links below useful for out of hours emergencies or interruptions to general supply:
Southern Gas Network 0800 111 999
EDF Electric supply 105 or follow this link for other suppliers
UK Power Networks 0845 601 4516 (electric power cuts)
South East Water 24hr leakline 0333 000 0365
Southern Water – supply and waste water, blocked main drained 0330 303 0368
Here are some links you may find useful to keep yourself up to date on Corona and the Government’s daily updates. You can also now sign up for the Governments WhatsApp information service…here.
https://www.who.int/ World Health Organisation
The AB Team are grateful for your assistance and patience during this time.