11 January 2024

Your chance to go behind the scenes in Swindon, Gloucester and Richmond

We are very excited to be part of Open Doors March 2024

The nationwide initiative takes place from the 18 - 24 March and sees a host of contractors open their sites to the public and education providers. 

Delivered by Build UK, Open Doors seeks to inspire young people and career changers of all ages to consider and explore a dynamic and exciting career in the construction industry.

It offers a unique opportunity for the public to go behind the scenes of live construction sites, offices, factories, and training centres across the UK, and discover how the communities they live in are shaped and constructed by a fantastic industry with a diverse range of career paths to consider.

Many young people don’t know what they want to do when they leave school, so we have a fantastic opportunity to capture their imagination and show them just what they can achieve – whether they are considering college, an apprenticeship, or university.

Open Doors also encourages career changers and members of the public to experience a live construction project in their local community. We all know the impact this can have and the powerful first impression it can make.

Chief Executive, Build UK

We will be opening three of our sites across the south of England and providing designated zones of interest and a learning zone for students. We’ve had a great deal of early interest but still have some availability. Don’t miss out, find out more about these projects and book your place today at opendoors.construction

Swindon Health Hydro Phase 1

Tuesday 19 March: 10am – 12pm
Tuesday 19 March: 1– 3pm
Thursday 21 March: 10am – 12pm

The building is a Grade II-Listed historical site.
The project includes demolition of an existing
changing block and construction of new, vertical
extension of south east corner to a create new
plant room; including insertion of steel frame,
renewal of pool plant, conversion of former
bath house to create new gym space, renewal
of building services within the Phase 1 area and
conservation repairs to building fabric.

Construction of Phase 1 commenced in October
2023 and is due to complete in January 2025. 

The site is based at Health Hydro, Milton Rd,
Swindon SN1 5JA

Gloucestershire College Construction Centre

Wednesday 20 March: 10am – 12pm

A new build state-of-the-art construction skills
centre with dedicated indoor and outdoor work
environments, 4 classrooms and a carpentry

The project will be 40 – 50% complete during the
Open Doors event and is located at Gloucester
College's Cheltenham Campus, GL51 7SJ.

More about the project here.

Richmond Upon Thames College STEM Building

Tuesday 19 March: Fully booked

The construction of two new three-story STEM
block for RUTC college. The project will provide
new workshops, science labs and classroom space
for the college. The build is to be a clad building
with curtain walling to mirror the colleges main
building. The roof space will accommodate a plant
deck, PV panels as well as being a sedum roof.

At the time of Open Doors the building will be
watertight with internal works commencing.
Drylining will be ongoing, M&E 1st fix, cladding
install, roofing works and external works will be

The STEM Building is located in the
Borough of Richmond, in Twickenham right next
to the Harlequins Stoop Stadium.

More about the project here.

Open Doors provides a unique opportunity to engage really meaningfully with young people or career changers about the variety of routes into a career in construction. We are delighted to be involved for the first time this year and will be opening three different sites across the south of England.

Bringing construction to the public in real life helps to reshape the image of the industry as an exciting and rewarding career path for people and to attract the best talent into the sector.


The event is delivered in partnership with CITB and Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) and supported by Industry Partners Canary Wharf Group, the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS), Go Construct, Kier, People’s Partnership, Sunbelt Rentals and Willmott Dixon, and Community Partners the Careers & Enterprise Company (CEC), the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) and Skills Development Scotland, and Media Partner Building Magazine.

To find out more about Open Doors 2024 and book a visit to a site, visit opendoors.construction.