4 March 2017

Open Doors 2017 Inspires Record Numbers

Build UK hosted the biggest Open Doors event to date, with 200 member sites opening their gates to over 5,000 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 27 March – 1 April and was delivered in partnership with CITB, with support from the Considerate Constructors Scheme, CSCS and Go Construct, featured fantastic involvement as Build UK members and non-members joined together to open a range of high profile and locally significant sites, as well as company offices, to showcase what the industry is all about.

A record number of sites from across England, Scotland and Wales were involved in the initiative including London’s Battersea Power Station, a whiskey distillery in Scotland and the Colwyn Bay Promenade Enhancement which will transform 1km of waterfront in Wales. Also taking part in the event for the first time was a boat tour, hosted by Tideway, which gave visitors the opportunity to learn about the major new sewer being installed along the River Thames.

Former Premier League footballer and painter and decorator Jimmy Bullard launched the event at Willmott Dixon’s Alexandra Palace 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 is 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 the issue of skills and recruiting, training and retaining future construction 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 to explore the vast range of career options that are available to them.

For more information about the opportunities that are available in construction, visit the Go Construct website.