Here we have it, the Scottish Government ministerial response to the Scottish construction sector. Reflecting the first minister's announcement today of Scotland's route map out of lockdown, it's all slow and steady with a phased approach.  

Construction Scotland's Site Re-Start Model is commended by Kevin Stewart, minister for local government, housing and planning in his open letter today.  

Good news, with the right direction of travel but meantime, no change to the current lockdown policy and restrictions on non-essential works.

Planning and preparatory works (phases zero and one of the Re-Start Model) can continue, but what most in the sector need to know is when phase two — the "soft start" to site works — will commence. 

With the minister setting out a minimum two-week consultation period with government before progressing to phase two,  that soft start isn't coming quickly enough for many.  

In short, construction in Scotland is just planning, and preparatory works to meet physical distancing on site. Then government approval to begin work no earlier than two weeks from today. So, will we see any real building activity until 4 June at the earliest?

Meanwhile in England, the starting gun has already been fired.