The importance of showcasing our industry
There is a lot more to our industry than most people probably realise. Morgan Sindall solves an extraordinary array of engineering challenges across the UK. How do you bore a tunnel under the most densely populated city in the country? How do you mobilise a night time workforce to resurface large sections of a runway knowing planes will be coming in to land early the next morning? Can you construct a sewage plant that powers itself? How do you renovate a listed building and still preserve its original features? These are the sort of demanding problems our industry solves, and we need highly trained people with a diverse range of unique skills to do it.
Our sector is a key driver of growth in the UK economy, and with that comes a responsibility to invest in jobs and skills. But people have very fixed perceptions about what construction and infrastructure jobs entail. The general public’s exposure to a structure’s creation normally comprises some hoardings, scaffolding and maybe a crane or delivery lorry. Open Doors Weekend is a fantastic opportunity for the public to see the internal workings of a construction site in a safe and informative way. The fact is that we’re an all-encompassing industry and there’s a job for everybody in it. Regardless of whether you’re interested in heavy machinery, have a flair for organising a project, or are passionate about the environment, we’re keen to demonstrate that construction is a varied and vibrant industry in which to make your mark. We’re therefore delighted to be supporting Open Doors Weekend 2015. This takes place on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 March and involves the talented people behind our projects giving preregistered members of the public guided tours around some of our sites.
The sites we’re opening for the weekend are:
- Crewe Green Link Road, Crewe: A 1.1 kilometre dual carriageway that will alleviate congestion in the area and improve connectivity as well as local air quality.
- The Cambridge Department of Engineering, Cambridge: A ‘living building’ with advanced sensors built into it, this is set to be one of the most exciting and innovative projects delivered in Cambridge.
- Oaklands College, Welwyn Garden City: Working at the heart of its town centre campus, we are creating new learning and engineering resource centres for the college.
- The Curve, Slough: A new, state of the art cultural and community centre in Slough. A distinctive three story steel frame construction which will house an auditorium, library, classrooms and café.
- Mary Hill Health Centre, Glasgow: A 6,000m² three-storey medical practice which will be light and well ventilated. There will be four doctors’ practices in this building.
- St Ilans Redevelopment, Caerphilly: An extensive renovation of existing school facilities as well as construction of a whole new teaching block. We’re significantly renovating this site to meet the needs of pupils and staff.
To book your visit to one of our projects, please visit http://www.opendoorsweekend.co.uk/#find-a-site-developer and select ‘Morgan Sindall Group plc’.