Ah, winter in Britain

When the days are shorter than a wellie boot in a mud puddle. But in the world of construction and groundworks, the work doesn’t freeze just because the ground does. Here at Kenward, we’re seasoned pros at turning winter woes into winter wins. Grab a brew, and let’s dive into our treasure trove of tips.

The Big Freeze in Groundworks and Construction

You know it’s a British winter when your tea cools off faster than it brews. In our industry, cold weather is more than a chill; it’s a challenge. Frozen ground can turn a simple dig into an icy ordeal, and let’s not even get started on the joy of handling tools with numb fingers. But fear not, we’ve mastered the art of keeping operations running smoothly, even when Jack Frost is nipping at our steel-toe boots.

Start with thermal underlayers (the unsung heroes of warmth), add a fleece for good measure, and top it off with a waterproof and windproof layer.

Dressing Like a Polar Explorer on Site

Here’s where style meets substance. Forget catwalks; our runway is the construction site. The key is in the layers. Start with thermal underlayers (the unsung heroes of warmth), add a fleece for good measure, and top it off with a waterproof and windproof layer. And remember, in the world of groundworks, a high-vis jacket is always the height of fashion.

The Art of the Tea Break.

Tea is the elixir of life, especially when you can see your breath. But these breaks are more than just a biscuit-dunking gala. It’s about keeping warm and giving your body a chance to recalibrate. A warm site cabin or van can be a haven from the cold, offering a moment of respite and rejuvenation.

  • Take your breaks in a warm area.

  • Have a warm drink, tea, coffee, hot chocolate.

  • Rest and Recalibrate

Feeding the Furnace.

Working in the cold burns calories faster than a sprinter in the Olympics. Hearty meals are not just comforting; they’re essential. Think stews, soups, and the sacred pasty. These winter warmers aren’t just tasty; they’re fuel to keep you going through the frosty days.

Speak Up!

We’re a tough bunch, but we’re not made of stone. If something’s not right, whether it’s icy equipment or a cold that won’t quit, speak up. In our line of work, communication can be as crucial as a hard hat. A problem shared is a problem halved, especially when it comes to staying safe in the cold.

There you have it – Kenward’s guide to not just surviving, but thriving in the winter months. We’re like the Royal Mail of the construction world; come rain, snow, or gloomy skies, we keep going. Remember, with the right gear, grub, and gab, we can make winter work in our favor.