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THE public can get a preview of Willmott Dixon’s work to create Leicestershire County Council’s new waste transfer station and Iveshead School’s modular extension as part of Open Doors week between 4-9 October.


The vastly different projects in Leicestershire are two of more than 30 Willmott Dixon sites across England and Wales taking part in the national initiative. The week aims to provide a glimpse of the exciting world of construction and the many opportunities within it for people to enjoy a rewarding career.

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.

Work began on Leicestershire County Council’s new waste transfer station earlier this year – the facility, which is located at the Bardon Business Park, will be responsible for handling both residual waste and recyclables.

Similarly, the doors will also be opening on the contractor’s £9.8m Loughborough school extension and refurbishment. The development, which was commissioned to accommodate new housing growth across the region, is well underway and showcases the contractor’s extensive experience working on school campuses - particularly in live working environments, ensuring minimal disruption to nearby pupils and staff.

Other Willmott Dixon projects taking part in Open Doors week across the Midlands include the development of 171 new high quality homes for Rotherham Council and a 266-home development for the City of Wolverhampton Council. The company is also opening its Nottingham office to showcase its futuristic Building Information Modelling (BIM) cave.

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 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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