Morgan Sindall and Lovell embrace Open Doors 2013

Occurring in September, the initiative’s aim is to raise the industry’s public profile and increase all-round interest in construction careers. This year’s event involved more than 80 sites from a number of employers, and was delivered by a partnership between the UK Contractors Group, CITB-ConstructionSkills, The Considerate Constructors Scheme and the Chartered Institute of Building.

Lovell opened its doors to the Hillington Square regeneration programme, a four-year scheme in King’s Lynne for Freebridge Community Housing. This particular event included a number of talks and tours, as well as a trial brick laying session for the younger attendees. Speaking after the event, Construction Manager Michael Saunders said: “The number of people we have had through the door has been fantastic. We have aimed to talk about the opportunities within the construction industry”.

Morgan Sindall allowed access to five of its working sites, including Pudding Mill Lane, a £50 million project to link the new Crossrail tunnels to the Network Rail infrastructure in the London Borough of Newham. The site team kicked off with a brief presentation of the project, including an overview of the careers involved, followed by a 4D presentation and a guessing game of project related facts and figures. Morgan Sindall’s other Open Doors projects included Forth Primary School, Madeira Road Student Accommodation, Riverside East Office Development, and the University of Essex Business School.

The Morgan Sindall Group has a continuous commitment to apprentices, with the aim of becoming the employer of choice in the construction sector. The Open Doors event was an excellent opportunity to help strive towards this objective, and encourage a younger generation to enter the industry.