UK construction sites opened to the public

4 October 2012
By Rachael Fergusson
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The Olympics Aquatics Centre by Balfour Beatty is one of the sites that will be open to the public on the Open Doors weekend.

The Olympics Aquatics Centre by Balfour Beatty is one of the sites that will be open to the public on the Open Doors weekend.

Construction sites in the UK will be open to the public in November as part of a project aimed at showcasing the industry.

Ninety-one sites across England, Scotland and Wales will be open for guided tours on 9 and 10 November as part of a pilot project called Open Doors.

Open Doors is aimed at showing construction in an engaging and interesting way, showcasing the careers available, and demonstrating the importance of the industry, organisers said.

Twenty-three major construction firms are taking part in the pilot, and sites to check out include the Olympics Aquatic Centre by Balfour Beatty, Tate Modern extension by Mace, Skanska’s Brent Civic Centre in North London, Leeds Arena by BAM and Carillion’s Southmead Hospital in Bristol.

The scheme is the result of a partnership of four leading industry bodies – UK Contractors Group (UKCG), CITB-ConstructionSkills, The Considerate Constructors Scheme and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

Stephen Ratcliffe, director of UK Contractors Group, said: “Construction is undergoing rapid change and needs to develop a skilled workforce to meet the challenges it faces. Nowadays construction is more about careers than jobs and the expected increase in demand for specialist and management roles in the next few years means that we need quality talent entering the industry now to fill these future positions.

“Open Doors’ is a unique opportunity for the industry collectively to display the complexity and scope of modern construction projects and give people a taste of what it’s really like to work in the industry today. It’s an exciting initiative which we hope will encourage more people to consider construction as a prospective career with good opportunities.

“The scheme will also allow the industry to engage with local communities and strengthen relationships at a local level. What the public will see is a skilled, sophisticated and progressive industry – the Open Doors weekend will is certain to challenge perceptions.”

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