Open Doors

19 April 2016

Construction to Open its Doors for Nationwide Event

Build UK members will be opening their doors for a week of exclusive, behind-the-scenes events at some of the UK’s best building sites for Open Doors 2016.

Open Doors, which is being run in partnership with CITB, provides access to dozens of construction projects to inspire people to choose a career in construction and take the next steps to progress into the industry. From future architects, bricklayers and civil engineers to potential front-of-house sales managers, visitors of all ages and skill sets can visit a site at Open Doors events between Monday 13 and Saturday 18 June.

Projects that will be opening their doors include London’s Design Museum, a Proton Beam Therapy Centre in Manchester, a children’s hospital in Edinburgh and a state-of-the-art school and sports facility in south Wales. Once on site, visitors will find out exactly what it takes to create the iconic buildings of the future, and will be encouraged to find out more about construction and the diverse range of careers available within the industry via the Go Construct website.

Suzannah Nichol, Build UK Chief Executive, said:

“The construction industry is in a war for talent so we are delighted to be running Open Doors in partnership with CITB. It's an exciting chance for anyone seeking a future career, a new challenge, or a change of direction to see first-hand what construction has to offer. We look forward to welcoming people of all ages onto our member sites in June."

Lorraine Gregory, CITB Partnerships Manager, said:

“Open Doors is an excellent way of inspiring people to consider a career in construction, and is a key part of how CITB is supporting the construction industry through Go Construct.

“Over 157,000 new construction jobs will be created across Britain by 2020 and this is a great way to showcase some of them. Potential new entrants will get an exclusive opportunity to see first-hand what it’s like to work in the industry and what a rewarding career construction can be.”

Edward Hardy, Chief Executive of Open Doors Partner Considerate Constructors Scheme, said:

"The Considerate Constructors Scheme is delighted to be involved in Open Doors and to support Build UK and CITB in this important event. Attracting people to the industry is of paramount importance and Open Doors provides a highly effective way to showcase how construction sites across the UK are great places to work and develop a long-term career. We are pleased that a number of Considerate Constructors Scheme-registered sites will be participating."

To find out more about Open Doors 2016 and book a site visit, please go to