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UK construction sites to open doors to public

The Olympic aquatics centre and Tate Modern extension are among the iconic venues to be opened to the public next month as part of the construction industry’s ‘Open Doors’ project.

The scheme is being trialled across the country and is the result of a partnership of the UK Contractors Group, CITB-ConstructionSkills, The Considerate Constructors Scheme and the Chartered Institute of Building.

A total of 91 construction sites across England, Scotland and Wales will be opening their doors on November 9 and 10 for guided tours as part of the pilot project.

Contractors across the country to open their sites to the public will also include Bam Construct’s Leeds Arena, Willmott Dixon at the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, Carillion at Southmead Hospital in Bristol and Miller Construction’s Aberdeen Health and Care Village site.

More than 20 major construction employers are taking part in this year’s pilot (see box).

Speaking on behalf of the Open Doors Partnership, UKCG director Stephen Ratcliffe 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.”

Contractors taking part:

Lend Lease; Kier; Miller Construction; Balfour Beatty; Morgan Sindall; Interserve; Shepherd Construction; Willmott Dixon; Seddon Construction;

Carillion; Lovell Partnerships; Wates Group; Bam Construct; Clugston; Clegg Construction; Mace; Galliford Try Partnerships; Taylor Woodrow/Bam Nuttall Joint Venture;

Vinci Construction; Bouygues UK; Costain; Skanska; Osborne; Leadbitter Group; Mansell Construction Services; Denne.

For more details or to register for a tour please visit

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