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2020 has thrown a lot of curveballs our way, with the coronavirus pandemic having a significant impact on all our lives.

Let’s take a look at how the coronavirus has affected main contractors across the UK, and potential ways forward for the future.

How was the refurbishment industry affected by COVID-19?

One of the most significant shifts this year has been the move to work from home, as part of the stay-at-home orders from the UK Government.

In a survey conducted by Construction Online, 87% of respondents agreed that their businesses had been affected by COVID-19, with 67% of operations seeing suspension. With COVID-19, we’ve seen a considerable impact on the economy too, and 38% of construction companies cited that they’ve faced financial difficulties this year.

How can construction carry on in 2021?

Despite the doom and gloom that 2020 has brought for many, there is hope ahead for the construction industry. If this year has taught us anything, it’s that we have to adapt to survive, and it’s no different for fit-out companies.

Firstly, it’s unlikely that office spaces will disappear altogether. Instead, they’ll need to implement covid-secure measures such as sneeze screens and socially-distanced desks. While this will require small changes for some, other companies will need a completely new workspace set up to make this happen.

Secondly, in the move towards working from home, it’s time for the fit-out and refurbishment industry to focus on small works. Whether it’s creating specialised home offices for individual clients or updating the office’s mechanical and electrical jobs to accommodate more video conferencing, construction companies are still invaluable to offices across the country.

Here at Virtus Contracts Limited, our experienced team can help with full office fit-outs, small works, as well as mechanical and electrical works. As the leading fit-out company in London, we’re dedicated to making every alteration and refurbishment project a success.

Contact us today to find out more.

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