16/03/2018 – Open Doors Week

By Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East

As you read this, final preparations are being put to Open Doors events across the country. The event, which takes place next week (Monday 19 March – Saturday 24 March), allows people to discover how buildings and structures are constructed and find out about the range of skills and professions needed both on site and in offices.

The event welcomes everyone from civil engineers, bricklayers, front of house sales managers and future architects, to visitors of all ages and skill sets. It’s the perfect opportunity to be inspired by the growing industry and see how a career in construction could benefit you. This year will see over 270 sites open to the public, 3 of which are happening right on our doorstep, in the North East.

Kier Group Plc are opening doors to Newcastle Laboratory Science Central, a 5-story concrete frame building with external concrete panels and glazing, internally consisting of office and laboratory space. The project forms part of Newcastle’s Science Central Scheme. It will be the perfect opportunity to see everything from dry lining to external glazing and drainage to metal work.

Galliford Try are giving you the chance to see behind the scenes of the £200m Stephenson Quarter. North East Futures University Technical College (UTC) is a new school for 14-19-year olds opening in September this year. The UTC will specialise in careers in Health Science and IT. The project currently has various trades working on the project at this point, so there will be the chance to see Brickwork, Steel, Roofing, Partitions and M&E.

Willmott Dixon are opening doors to the Northern Centre for Emerging Technologies. The project comprises of the refurbishment of an office block and new build two storey extension to accommodate offices and testing facilities for businesses of emerging technology specialising in virtual and augmented reality.

Opening these particular sites not only demystifies the sometimes frustrating construction process for the general public, it also excites them about what our industry can achieve and proves that the North East can proudly take its place in the national construction race.

Events like this are the perfect opportunity for those contemplating a career in the industry and it means we can show off exactly what we have to offer. Last year’s event showed that 83% of attendees would consider a career in the industry based on what they saw on their visit – proving events like have real value. I think by bringing construction to life in this way, people get a chance to see first-hand what it’s like to work in the industry and see something that we already know – what a fantastic career construction can be.

For more information on Constructing Excellence in the North East, please contact chief executive, Catriona Lingwood, on 0191 500 7880 or email catriona@cene.org.uk.