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Thomas Ashton Institute for Risk and Regulatory Research

Keeping the UK Building Safely phase 2 report published

18 January 2023

This Keeping the UK Building Safely (KUBS) report is part of the PROTECT National Core study, and explores four themes: transmission risk and perceptions, safety leadership, transmission modelling and wider project delivery and contractual performance in the context of the construction industry and COVID-19 pandemic.

Image of 2 men wearing hard hats and blue surgical face coverings on a construction site

KUBS phase 1 report explored the context at the start of the pandemic with managers and suggested that construction was expected to manage well with safe working due to the existing cultures and structures. This report, ‘KUBS 2’, was conducted at a much later point in the pandemic, and with a wider range of staff from all levels within construction, allowing us to explore these expectations and the extent to which they were realised.

The report concludes that the full extent of the economic consequences of the pandemic are yet to be known, but early data suggest that the path to recovery will be slow - particularly in the context of global uncertainty arising from the conflict in Ukraine. For people in the UK, inflationary pressures, and the associated increases in the cost of living is likely to lead to greater demand for social housing and by implication, on the house building/refurbishment sector more generally.

Study Documents

Read more about the project on the PROTECT COVID-19 National Core Study website

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