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Nottingham contractor to 'Open Doors' to public next month

Nottingham contractor to 'Open Doors' to public next month

The public can get a preview of Willmott Dixon’s innovative digital technology which is used to create some of the Midland’s most high-profile new developments, as part of Open Doors week between 4-9 October.

The initiative will see Willmott Dixon open more than 30 of its sites across England and Wales taking part in a week that aims to provide a glimpse of the exciting world of construction and the many opportunities within it for people to enjoy a rewarding career.

The contractor’s Nottingham office located at Lock House will be showcasing its futuristic Building Information Modelling (BIM) cave. It has played a vital role in schemes such as the University of Birmingham campus re-development project, including the School of Engineering and Teaching and Learning Building, Springfields Independent Living scheme in Leicestershire and the new custody suite in Nottingham.

Led by Build UK, Open Doors is an annual event that allows thousands of people to go behind the hoardings and learn how the building project in their community is being constructed, as well as meet those responsible for it.

Other Willmott Dixon projects taking part in Open Doors week across the East Midlands include Leicestershire County Council’s new waste transfer station at the Bardon Business Park and Iveshead School’s modular extension and refurbishment to accommodate housing growth in Loughborough.

Nick Heath, director at Willmott Dixon, said:

“Open Doors provides a platform for young people, job seekers and members of the local community to see what makes our industry so special.

“We have a variety of exciting projects underway in the East Midlands and it’s a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase the technical brilliance they possess, as well as the local construction experts who make them possible.

“There are many job roles within construction, including project management, surveying and estimating as well as jobs not traditionally site based, including design, bid submissions, communications, marketing and sales.

“Open Doors is also an opportunity to promote diversity and inclusion, and challenge stereotypes.  We want to achieve gender parity in our business within the next decade and attract the best people. To achieve this, it is essential we showcase the opportunities in construction to those who may not have previously considered the sector as a career choice.”

Suzannah Nichol, chief executive at Build UK, said:

“There is nothing quite like visiting a construction site, whether it is a major project you have seen on the news or one in your local area, to get an idea of just how exciting a career in construction can be.  

“Open Doors gives everyone the opportunity to go through the site gates to see just what goes on and perhaps even spot your ideal job!”

All of Willmott Dixon’s nominated sites are open for bookings on the Open Doors website until the 28 September.  Participating in the campaign is just one of many programmes Willmott Dixon initiates under its ‘purpose beyond profit’ ethos.  During 2020 the company committed £1.07m worth of its people’s time, skills and donations donated to support local communities – equivalent to £524 for every employee.

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