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ECD Architects: Open for Business Update

April 8, 2020

 

We are now into our 3rd week of our home working environment which has been successfully rolled out across the entire business. This has enabled us to continue to provide services to our clients with minimum disruption.

Communication
Most, if not all, ECD staff have been using Teams, Zoom and Skype to keep in touch with clients and each other.

Weekly COVID -19 impact Board Meetings
The N-able board is meeting each Monday morning to keep under constant review latest government guidance and the unprecedented disruption the construction industry is faced.

Round up from the directors heading up our 3 professional teams

  • Dan Jenkins: We have projects at all RIBA Stages for multiple Local Authority clients and are working closely with our consultant teams to bring forward tender packages that will be ready once the Covid-19 pause is lifted and we continue to work with our contractor partners on many fire safety and energy reduction schemes across the country, looking at high rise, low rise and rooftop developments ranging from feasibility to construction drawings. In addition to our ongoing project work we are also finding time to respond to our ongoing enquiries from our wide client base.
  • Derrick Hadeed: We have continued to make good progress on Park East, our 320-unit residential project in Erith, on Highbury College Tower recladding and on Shuttleworth Road, a 72-unit residential project in Wandsworth. We are also busy working on feasibility studies and working with our existing clients to bring forward residential projects to provide much needed housing whilst providing exemplar design and construction detailing.
  • Alistair Cameron: ECD’s Glasgow office are continuing to progress on several projects. Although the COVID-19 pandemic has seen all site works postponed, our role as Contract Administrator on the majority of these site projects has allowed us to progress workload associated to the role in supporting and advising Clients. We have also progressed our existing housing, higher education, commercial and industrial project feasibility reports, design development, statutory authority application and tender packages, and sketched up and submitted design ideas within a bid for a new project.

CPD’s and staff training on contractual issues from COVID-19
Our senior staff have provided CPDs and training to our professional teams on contractual advice regarding Contractual Delays, Notices, Extensions of Times and Force Majeure to ensure we are following the correct industry and contractual procedures.

During this unprecedented time, it has been great to see how well our teams, clients and contractor partners have adapted to the new working environment and restrictions –pulling together to successfully progress projects within the Government guidelines.

Communication is key
If you need to contact us or any of our Directors, please do so. Our office switchboard is still open and our staff have work mobiles. Please feel free to contact us to discuss any matters of concern, or anything on which you feel we can help or advise you.

James Traynor, Managing Director
E. james.traynor@ecda.co.uk

Alistair Cameron, Director
E. alistair.cameron@ecda.co.uk

Daniel Jenkins, Director
E. daniel.jenkins@ecda.co.uk

Derrick Hadeed. Director
E. derrick.hadeed@ecda.co.uk