Impact of Covid-19 forces rescheduling of more than 50% of European demolition projects

Published 29/6 at 13:01

Given the social and economic impact of the Coronavirus lockdown on the European demolition industry, the EDA Board of Directors has been meeting regularly to monitor the situation, which has led to the production of a report on the impact of the virus on the demolition industry.

The European Demolition Association, EDA, has prepared a specific report to analyse the impact of Covid-19 on European demolition companies. This report was made with the participation of companies from 18 European countries through an online survey, made from 6 to 15 May 2020. The report includes graphics with the information at European level and country by country, as the situation differed substantially in each part of Europe, even week by week. 

The impact of Covid-19 has resulted in 63% of demolition projects being rescheduled in Europe, leaving only 9% of planned activity intact. Between 5% and 20% of projects have been cancelled, with this figure representing 28% of the total number of current projects reported by the contributing companies. Particularly noteworthy is Denmark (where 56% of the projects have not been affected at all) and Finland (where 100% of the projects have been rescheduled but remain in force).

In general, the demolition industry temporarily stopped activity for some weeks, although there are several countries where activity has not stopped, such as Denmark, Finland, Sweden and the Netherlands. A significant percentage of companies from France and Russia have been forced to close for between one and more than two weeks. As of the first half of May, nearly half of European demolition sites are currently open, suggesting that the industry is continuing or has returned to a kind of normality. The only case where the proportion of open and closed sites currently is similar is in Greece. 

After getting through March and April, when several European countries had problems with the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE), nearly two thirds of survey respondents now said they have sufficient material. Countries such as Denmark, Sweden, The Netherlands or Serbia showed hardly any incidence regarding PPEs.

When asked about the reduction of staff, a total of 64% of European demolition companies have been forced to reduce their staff, although 27% stated that this was a temporary measure. The economic incentives that national governments have implemented to mitigate the consequences of the crisis are particularly noticeable in Ireland, France and Finland, where a significant percentage have reduced their staff only temporarily. The Netherlands, Denmark and Italy are the countries least affected by layoffs. The full EDA report is freely available on line at: www.europeandemolition.org/industryreport

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