Construction sites helped to operate the new flexible working arrangements with automated application forms from Arcus Global

Arcus Global

Arcus Global
May 15, 2020

The UK Government’s construction and planning update on 14th May 2020 means that construction sites can now apply to work more flexible hours to enable social distancing. In response, Arcus Global has developed a fully automated online application form to support local planning departments manage this moving forward with the ‘new normal’.

Local authorities can now permit requests for longer site opening times, allowing for more flexible working to comply with social distancing measures. The online form designed by Arcus Global will support the whole application process, recording decisions and issuing permits, quickly and simply.

This form will benefit any sites looking to apply for the extended permit. Planning conditions often outline hours of operation to reduce noise pollution, however Arcus Global’s automated system eliminates time-consuming application processes and will result in sites being able to take advantage of the new opening hours at a faster pace.

This application form utilises Salesforce technology, and was developed and deployed overnight by the Arcus Global team. Enabling it to reach customers quickly and ensure that applications could be made in a timely manner.

Robin Barber, product owner for Built Environment at Arcus Global comments: “The current situation in which we find ourselves requires companies to respond rapidly and deploy new solutions for customers at speed. Recovery from this crisis can’t be restricted by lengthy development processes or each authority working individually to address the same issue.

“Our simple proposal addresses a new requirement quickly, giving our user base a method to manage flexible working. The use of the Salesforce platform combined with the skills of Arcus has meant that the 5pm Government briefing was addressed that very evening, and we were ready to help our clients the following morning.”

About Arcus Global

Arcus Global, formed in 2009 and based in Cambridge UK, is a market leading GovTech cloud company, delivering mission critical technology solutions that enable local authorities and other public sector organisations to transform their service delivery to citizens.

The Software as a Service division of Arcus has developed a platform based suite of Applications for Local Government. Addressing the challenge of legacy technology in Citizen Digital interaction, Planning, Building Control, Licensing, Environmental Health. Arcus has grown to over 30 customers including Folkestone & Hythe District Council, Eastleigh Borough Council and the London Borough of Southwark.

The Cloud Infrastructure Division of Arcus provides Consultancy, Managed Services and Cloud Storage to a large number of Public Sector bodies across Central Government, Local Government, the NHS and the Education sector.


Kate Warboys, Marketing Manager at Arcus Global