Entrepreneurs discuss the possibility of closing sites in the face of record temperatures | New

Sir Robert McAlpine has admitted he may be forced to close some venues due to extreme heat forecast for today and tomorrow.

Record temperatures of 41 degrees have been predicted for later today, with Tuesday’s high of up to 43 degrees, the Met Office chief executive told the BBC this morning. At 10 a.m. the mercury is already approaching 30 degrees in London and the South East.

A McAlpine spokesperson said: “As we are in the midst of a record-breaking heat wave, we are carefully monitoring the situation to safeguard the health, safety and well-being of the people who work for us.

“Any decisions to close sites will be made by project managers, with the support of our health, safety and wellbeing team, on a case-by-case basis, depending on scheduled site activities.”

Laing O’Rourke also suggested that some of his jobs might also have to be stopped.

A company spokesperson added: “Where possible, we will prioritize tasks that can be undertaken in cooler, shaded areas and, as temperatures are being monitored, we will assess whether any work needs to be done. temporarily interrupted.

“Actions will vary depending on the nature of the site and our project managers will focus on the safety of their teams, adapting the work if necessary.”

Liverpool contractor Downing Construction, which is working on a £400million mixed-use project in central Manchester, said it would “act accordingly” if temperatures hit record highs.

Director Ian Orton said: “The two large projects we are working on are mainly underground and we have been advised by our specialist concrete contractor that the operation will have to be stopped if we reach 28 degrees Celsius.

“I think the problems would be worse if you were working inside a building, maybe without air conditioning, but none of our major projects are at that stage.”

Dozens of contractors have updated their advice for working outdoors in the face of predicted temperatures.

Last week the government issued the first-ever national heat emergency red alert for the first two days of next week.

The UK Health Security Agency has raised the heat-health alert for England to Level 4 – the highest possible – for today and tomorrow.

A red alert signifies a “national emergency” and is issued “when a heat wave is so severe and/or prolonged that its effects extend outside the health and social care system”. At this level, illness and death can occur among fit and healthy people, not just high-risk groups.

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