As COVID-19 boosts demand for online deliveries, the logistics sector is expanding its warehousing capacity and is set to implement multi-level properties in urban areas, following the lead of the likes of Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Green roofs and walls have many benefits although they can potentially increase the risk of fire and water ingress for buildings. Insurers do ask additional questions when developments include such features, however simple precautions and an adequate risk assessment can avoid any potential issues.
Construction projects rely deeply on the quality of the work delivered by contractors and subcontractors, whose insolvencies can severely impact a development and the insurance policies in place. Insurers are scrutinising construction projects more carefully also because the risk of insolvencies is on the rise.
When COVID-19 hit, both insurers and the insured had to grapple with policy claims and whether a product responded to the crisis. It’s been a steep learning curve and it’s time to look at how some typical construction insurance policies have responded and how the insurance market may evolve post pandemic. This assessment is based on Lockton Singapore's experience but reflects developments happening in the sector globally.
The need for social distancing is shifting the focus on services and applications in the commercial real estate sector towards solutions that make staff feel safe when they finally return to the workplace. Employers are responsible for the protection of all workers in the gradual return to work.
The coronavirus pandemic is changing the way businesses operate due to the need to enable social distancing. The commercial real estate and construction sector is no exception and will need to adapt together with its tenants and clients.
While availability and terms and conditions of Professional Indemnity (PI) insurance protection as well as Construction All Risks (CAR) cover are affected by greater frequency and severity of claims, there is still significant capacity in the London construction market if managed and brokered correctly. Even pandemic cover may be available soon for construction projects.
While the current COVID-19 pandemic has emptied city centres, life will eventually get back to normal.