- projects which are considered essential public services or which will provide wider resilience and capacity across essential systems (eg which strengthen security of fuel, energy and water supply and the telecoms network).
Essential project examples
NHS Louisa Jordan
This is a temporary field hospital set up at the SEC in Glasgow to boost NHS Scotland’s bed capacity to cope with the growing number of COVID-19 patients.
Edinburgh Children’s Hospital and Department of Clinical Neurosciences
These are major developments which while not directly contributing to the COVID-19 situation at this point, could provide additional capacity if the situation changes.
Children’s Hospital in Glasgow: refurbishment of wards 2A and 2B
Work is underway on essential water and drainage issues in the two paediatric cancer wards at the Royal Hospital for Children. The nature of the patient cohort using these wards gives these works the designation of essential.
Essential and time-critical maintenance
There are a range of small-scale projects around essential maintenance and repairs, that need to be delivered to secure sustainable and resilient services.
Bearing in mind the broad principles outlined here, we expect NHS Boards to make decisions on individual sites and projects in conjunction with the contractor/s.
Operation and essential maintenance of the transport network
Road works and works for roads purposes
Energy work defined as essential includes:
- critical maintenance work being carried out to repair faults or outages at gas or electricity substations, or in pipes and power lines;
- energy network replacement or refurbishment projects which are critical to the safe and secure operation of the system in the short to medium term.
- maintenance or new works essential for the critical day to day running of power generation plants and onshore and offshore oil and gas infrastructure.
All other energy construction works should be considered non-essential, for example, new build electricity substation and generation projects not due to commission or export within the next 12 months.
Essential and time-critical maintenance and repairs
- operation and essential maintenance of elements of national public, private and business infrastructure which are essential for the containment and treatment of the virus and the distribution of food, essential supplies, utilities and communications to households
- the essential repair or maintenance or operation of critical infrastructure including: energy (electricity and gas) generation, transmission (including distribution) and supply; water treatment and networks; and telecom/broadband networks. These works will be required to ensure near-term network security
- the essential repair, maintenance, operation or decommissioning of oil and gas critical infrastructure (including supply chain services as required for these activities) for safe exploration, appraisal and production to ensure long term energy resilience and security of supply.
- the essential maintenance of facilities being used to deliver essential services or manufacture and deliver essential goods
- the essential maintenance and repair (but not improvement) of buildings including private homes and commercial properties. Routine maintenance should be deferred.
Any site unable to meet these requirements must cease operations.