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Sun June 13 2021

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Contractors open doors of major sites

31 Jul 13 More than 60 major construction sites will be open to the public for the industry's second Open Doors Weekend.

Skanska, for example, has put forward three of its major projects: Barts & the Royal London hospital, Crossrail Paddington station and South Essex college.

The Open Doors Weekend is being held on 27 and 28 September. Visitors will get the opportunity to have a site tour, speak with construction workers and learn more about career opportunities in the industry.

Other sites opening up for visitors include Skanska’s M25 managed motorway scheme, which is a joint venture with Balfour Beatty.  This is one of seven sites that Balfour Beatty is opening up for the weekend.

Carillion, BAM, Willmott Dixon and Vinci are among the 17 major contractors that are opening up sites across the country. (Click here for the full list.)

Places on each site are limited so anyone interested in attending is encouraged to book early.

Open Doors is an industry initiative organised by the UK Contractors Group (UKCG), CITB-ConstructionSkills, the Considerate Constructors Scheme and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

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Skanska executive vice-president Bill Hocking said: “We are delighted to be supporting Open Doors Weekend again this year. It’s a unique chance for people to find out more about what it’s really like to be on a construction site and the degree of skill and complexity which goes into bringing buildings and infrastructure projects to life.

“It’s a fantastically exciting industry which has scope for a wide range of careers, whether it’s on site or behind the scenes. Those working in construction get the opportunity to shape our communities for generations to come.”

UKCG director Stephen Ratcliffe said: “Construction is undergoing rapid change and needs to develop a skilled, diverse workforce to meet these challenges and maintain its position as one of this country’s most dynamic, creative and important industries.

“Nowadays construction is more about careers than jobs and the expected increase in demand for management roles in the next few years means that we need quality talent entering the industry now to fill these future positions.”

To find out more about Open Doors Weekend and book a site visit go to opendoorsweekend.co.uk

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