Construction continues on engineering building despite PM’s plea as libraries close

Update at 11:29AM: UWE has responded on Twitter, writing: “Hi, we’re continuing to follow government guidance on construction sites, and as such, sites can continue to operate providing they follow social distancing guidelines. The Police have been on campus today to confirm the site adheres to this.”

Despite a plea last night by Prime Minister Boris Johnson where he instructed the nation that they “must stay at home”, construction at UWE’s new engineering building remains operational. All UWE libraries will be closing from 5 PM today (24 March).

The government’s instructions, which can be read in detail on the NHS’s website are clear that travel to work should only be done “where this is absolutely necessary”, but according to the UWE press office, with a scheduled completion date of July 2020, “construction on the new engineering building is continuing”.

This morning, the hashtag #shutthesites was trending on Twitter, with many calling for non-essential construction sites to close.

Despite construction going ahead, UWE Library will now be closing. In addition to measures announced previously, any fines will be waived and book recalls are suspended.

Featured photo: Kane Smith

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