Glasgow Queen Street station among top Scottish sites to open doors to public
A campaign to attract more people into careers in construction kicks off this month as 23 Scottish construction sites including Glasgow’s famous Queen Street train station pull back their hoardings for public tours.
Open Doors 2019 which is delivered by Build UK in partnership with CITB will take place at sites throughout the country between Monday 18th and March 23.
Visitors will have the chance to see the many career opportunities available and learn more about how to join the industry.
Suzannah Nichol MBE, chief executive at Build UK, said: “Bookings are open for Open Doors 2019, which offers a fantastic opportunity to have a closer look at not only some of Scotland’s most exciting construction projects, but also a chance to hear what is on offer if you follow the path into construction. I can say first-hand that you certainly won’t regret choosing a career in the industry!”
The 23 venues include new builds as well as established icons, including the £120 million Glasgow Queen Street redevelopment project, the £66m expansion of the famous Burrell Collection in Glasgow – Burrell Renaissance, and the construction of the £21m Justice Centre for Scottish Courts & Tribunal Service in Inverness.
Barry Dawson, local manager at CITB Scotland, said: “CITB is proud to be a partner in this excellent initiative. This year’s Open Doors event allows visitors access to a huge variety of construction sites around the country where they can see for themselves the many careers available in our sector. We encourage people from all ages and backgrounds to sign up and see just what construction has to offer.”
Once on site, visitors will gain exclusive access to various aspects of the construction work being carried out, along with tours and presentations. They will also be encouraged to find out more about potential careers in construction at the industry’s careers website – Go Construct.
Kevin McClelland, route delivery director for Network Rail, added: “By taking part in this year’s Open Doors campaign we’re able to let people experience Glasgow Queen Street station’s transformation live from the construction site which is a unique opportunity for us.
“We’re now in our final year of construction with lots of activity underway to create the new concourse building and alongside our main contractor Balfour Beatty, we’re looking forward to sharing the progress that we’ve made so far.”
The event is also supported by the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) and Considerate Contractors Scheme (CCS).
Barry Nicol, senior project manager at Balfour Beatty, said: “The construction industry provides lots of opportunities for people of various skill sets so it’s important that we’re able to bring major projects like Glasgow Queen Street’s redevelopment to life to explain to people what’s involved and to highlight the many career paths available.”
Places for each of the venues are limited and visitors must book in advance. For further information, visit www.opendoors.construction.