Universities and built environment professionals battle to survive

As Higher Education Estates went to press, Britain’s universities were continuing to operate but only on a highly restricted basis.

(SEC) Group – representing the largest value sector in UK construction – expressed major concerns over the impact of COVID-19 on SMEs (which comprise 99% of firms in the construction industry).

It highlighted the emergence of sharp practices, such as supply chains being informed that they will have to bear the risk of any disruption or delay caused to construction works as a result of COVID-19.  “This means that SMEs may have to bear the brunt of any liquidated damages passed down to them.  This is generally facilitated by onerous contracts which are par for the course in construction.”

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