If you’re a person who might be interested in a career in the construction industry, there’s a chance for a behind-the-scenes views of building sites across the country.

Open Doors is the (almost) annual event that lets the public go past the wooden hoardings and onto building sites — imagine it as London Open House Weekend, but with more hi-vis.

It’s a chance to discover how the buildings and structures are constructed and find out about the diverse range of skills and professions needed on site.

Although aimed at young people, it’s not exclusive to them, and anyone with an interest in the construction industry, such as a career changer, can attend. Some of the sites have some age restrictions, and some require an adult to accompany any minors visiting.

Bookings for visits open on Monday (8th January 2018), and the events themselves take place over the week of Mon 19th – Sat 24th March.

There’s a map of venues on the Open Doors website.

There’s 28 sites within the London area already, mostly residential and office developments. No sign of  infrastructure sites yet, but more sites will be added over the next couple of months, so keep an eye on their website for updates.

Bushey Signature

New build, four storey, 95 bedroomed luxury care home with specialist dementia suite and associated facilities in Hertfordshire

Electric Quarter

The former Middlesex University site and High Street Frontage in Ponders End scheme will transform the area with new homes alongside new commercial and retail space and the replacement of the library off the High Street and Queensway.

Southall Waterside

Creating West London’s new vibrant village is no easy task, as a former gas works the remediation is a job in itself. We have an onsite Soil Hospital saving up to 1.3 million miles (5 trips to the moon) in movements offsite! We also make all our concrete onsite at our Batching Plant.

Abbey Road, Camden

Main contract works involve the design and construction of 141 residential units 1 to 4 bed mixed social rent and private sale, circa 740m² of Commercial B1 / B2, Retail space, a basement incorporating energy centre 6 interlinked blocks.

Greenwood Resource centre

The Greenwood Resource Centre Project entails the redevelopment of 25 and 37 Greenwood Place to provide new resource and community services centre for adult social care.

E03 Canada Gardens

The Canada Gardens scheme will consist of 745 apartments in 7 reinforced concrete towers up to 26 storeys in height.

Wembley Park

Located in the heart of Wembley Park, NW07 is a contemporary residential development which sits between Page Place and Elvin Square.

McLaren Wembley

The development comprises of 340 residential units all of Private Rental Sector (PRS) tenure over 15 floors, ranging from studios to 3 bed units.

Anthology Hoxton Press

2 towers of 198 private sale apartments. Tower 1: 20 Levels and Tower 2: 16 Levels. Unusual shape of a hexagon amd part of a wider regeneration of the area.

Principal Place Residential

Principal Place Residential Project is the construction of a 50 storey luxury residential tower on the edge of the City of London providing 301 apartments for private sale

22 Bishopsgate

The finished building will stand at 278 meters tall and will comprise of 62 Floors with a public viewing gallery at the top. Once complete the building will house 11,000 people.

48 Carey Street

Multiplex is building a new residential development in Holborn, London, will contain 202 luxury apartments.

Ilona Rose House

Erection of hoardings and encapsulation scaffold, disconnection of utility services, protection of live UKPN sub-station, asbestos survey and removal of identified materials from existing buildings.

Marble Arch Place

The development consists of an 18 storey residential tower with 54 apartments and a seven storey commercial building that will provide over 95,000 sq ft of office space.

Nottingdale Village

A new build construction of two separate buildings and their associated infrastructure and external works.

Hammersmith Police Station

The front section of the older will be retained with a New 3 storey block constructed adjacent across the front of the site.

Kensington Row – Royal Warwick Square

Works to the site started in earnest in the Autumn of 2017 and is planned to complete in late 2022. The planned 6 apartment buildings will be sited over a 2 storey basement.

Audley Square House

Refurbishment works on an existing residential block of flats.

One Palace Street

This development will deliver 72 ultra high end apartments over 7 stories with a further 4 levels below ground and will comprise of parking, swimming pool, gym, sauna and cinema room.

Southbank Place

The development will consist of residential apartments, office space, new retail and leisure facilities across a total of seven new buildings, with the landmark Shell Centre Tower remaining at the front centre of the site.

Wedge House Main works

The design, construction, erection and completion of the high quality mixed use hotel and office development, Wedge House.

Aykon London One

This residential project comprises of a 51 storey North Tower and a 24 storey South Tower, situated at Nine Elms on the South Bank.

Anthology Deptford Foundry

The Anthology Deptford Foundry project which contains 316 residential units ranging from 1-3 bedroom apartments, both private and affordable.

The Charter School

The School development will comprise the erection of new buildings and the refurbishment of existing buildings to provide teaching, administration, dining indoor sports facilities and outdoor facilities.

Kidbrooke Village

Phase 3 will be the Village Centre once complete will be opening its doors providing opportunity to see residential and commercial development of the former Ferrier Estate.

Royal Arsenal Riverside

A riverside residential development in Woolwich.

Trinity Walk Woolwich

As part of a wider regeneration plan the Trinity Walk site will comprise of 684 new homes including 239 affordable properties. The development will offer one, two and three bedroom apartments and three and four bedroom houses.

Royal Albert Dock

Construction of five plots including all associated public realm, roads and infrastructure, along with the refurbishment of two listed buildings.

Recently added

Battersea Power Station

Following a safety briefing, visitors will enter the Power Station to see the works underway and hear about the development plans. There will be an opportunity for Q&A and visitors will meet some of the key figures working on the project’s delivery.

Meridian Water Station

After a safety briefing and induction you will head out for a tour of part of the site* to see the early stages of the works and progress to date.


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