Following the government’s latest announcement that housing market transactions in England can take place again, the Southampton division of Barratt and David Wilson Homes will re-open its doors to customers on an appointment-only basis from Thursday 21st May.
12 sites across Dorset, West Sussex, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight will be re-opened, including Hawthorn Meadows and St George’s Gate on the Isle of Wight.
This move follows a phased restart of its construction sites this week with around 180 sites in England and Wales reopening – 50% of the total – with more planned to restart from Monday 25th May.
The government announced it had amended regulations to allow people to move home, with 450,000 people having put their plans on hold. Barratt has spent the last few weeks carefully designing revised protocols and procedures so that it would be ready to open its doors when given the green light.
To enable customers to visit sales centres and show homes, a range of safety measures and new working procedures which meet or exceed government, industry and public health agency advice have been put in place. These include protective Perspex screens, retractable barriers, strict social distancing and, where necessary, personal protective equipment (PPE), plus intercom systems and door locks to enable customers to engage with sales teams before entering offices.
Customers will initially only be able to visit the sales centres and carry out physical viewings by appointment with 1 household visiting 1 property at a time.
Barratt has also signed up to the new government and industry Charter for Safe Working Practice – COVID-19, which supports best practice being adopted across the industry.
Tammy Bishop, Sales Director at Barratt Southampton, said:
“We back the government’s decision to unlock the property market which will help to drive the country’s economic recovery. We are doing this safely with clear measures in place that protect our customers and employees. We will be carefully re-opening our sales offices from next week.”
New buyers should contact their local sales office for more detail on specific developments and visit the Barratt Homes websites to book an appointment. For more information visit www.barratthomes.co.uk.