7 June 2016

Record Numbers Get Inspired By Open Doors 2016

Open Doors proved a fantastic success with 130 Build UK member sites opening their gates to over 3000 visitors to inspire them to find out more about construction and the extensive range of careers that the industry has to offer.

The event, which took place from 13 – 18 June and was a joint initiative with CITB and Go Construct, with support from the Considerate Constructors Scheme, featured fantastic involvement from Build UK members who opened a range of high profile sites, projects which will help regenerate local communities and company offices in order to showcase the what the industry is all about to the public.

A record number of sites from across England, Scotland and Wales were involved in the initiative and included London’s Design Museum, a children’s hospital in Edinburgh, an  Aerospace Centre in Bristol and a state-of-the-art school and sports facility in south Wales. Former builder and The Only Way is Essex star Jon Clark launched the event at Willmott Dixon’s Summit House site in London, and media partner Construction News provided in-depth coverage of Open Doors activities throughout the week from sites across the UK.

Open Doors had been revamped for 2016 and represented an exclusive opportunity for those considering a career in construction or looking for something new to go behind the scenes of some of the most innovative and engaging projects currently in development, and have a closer look at the inner workings of a ‘live’ construction site. With construction set to create an estimated 157,000 jobs over the next five years, and the issue of skills and recruiting the next generation of workers high on the industry agenda, the event was the perfect platform for Build UK to promote the diverse and exciting nature of construction and encourage visitors of all ages and skill levels to explore the vast range of career options that are available to them.

Build UK Chief Executive Suzannah Nichol MBE said:

“It was amazing to see so many Build UK member sites welcome such a large number of people and showcase what construction is all about. The success of events such as Open Doors can only benefit the industry, and we hope that our visitors have experienced what motivates us to come in to work every day and are inspired to explore what construction can do for them.”

To see how the week unfolded, take a look at the Story of Open Doors 2016. For more information about the opportunities that are available in construction visit the Go Construct website and take a look at the Build UK ‘Get Into Construction’ film.