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ISG attracts a diverse crowd for Open Doors

A dentist, a criminology graduate and an electrical contractor walk into a site office.

It’s not the start of a joke; it’s day one of Open Doors.

There is a very diverse turn-out for ISG’s tour around its Imperial College development in west London.

The contractor is building a biomedical engineering research hub in the university’s White City campus, and there was plenty of interest around the development from the public.

Once completed, the triangular hub will be 12 storeys high. Inside, massive concrete pillars and walls will be left exposed – the project’s main backer, Michael Uren, is apparently a fan of concrete.

A facade will cover the outside of the building, with slim and slightly waved steel pipes attached to the outside making their way up the building.

Over a cup of tea towards the end of the visit, the tour group tells me why they were interested in coming along to Open Doors.

The dentist explains how she is interested in how construction’s intricate work and minimal margin for error mirrored her own profession.

Another visitor is a criminology graduate who is now looking into the opportunities construction could offer him. “I’m interested in getting some work experience,” he says. “Where can I sign up?”

Another comes from an electrical contractor and just wants to have a look around the scheme. The M&E works package at Imperial College is significant and complex, especially relating to the laboratory machines that will be installed.

Two women have come along from an FM group as part of efforts to get more women into this sector. As they look round the scheme, they ask plenty of questions about the construction process.

Proof if proof were needed that, regardless of background, people are interested in construction and the type of buildings that will play major roles in their communities.

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