Going behind the scenes of Plymouth’s construction sites


Key national and regional construction contractors are opening major construction sites across Plymouth this month.

As part of the national ‘Open Doors’ campaign, delivered by Build UK in partnership with the Construction industry Training Board (CITB), the Council led Building Plymouth partnership is offering a unique chance for local people to see behind the scenes at eleven major live construction sites.

Aiming to inspire young people, career changers and job seekers to join the industry, as well as engaging with local residents, Open Doors will showcase how the various buildings and structures are constructed, and the diverse range of skills and professions needed on site to deliver these projects.

Council Leader Ian Bowyer said: “I am delighted that our Building Plymouth partnership has co-ordinated such an impressive line-up of construction sites opening for local people to visit to find out more about the jobs and apprenticeships being created through the major developments across the  city. It is so positive to see our ‘Adopted schools’ taking full advantage of such an exciting opportunity and we hope our young people will feel inspired to consider construction as a career of choice.”

As part of Plymouth’s week long programme, Willmott Dixon will be showcasing The Box £37M History Centre project which will transform the city’s current museum, art gallery, library and adjacent church into a cutting-edge, interactive history centre three times its existing size.

McLaren will be opening the doors to Bretonside which is being re-developed by British Land into a massive new cinema, retail and restaurant space.

Midas Construction will be opening the new Marsh Mills retail development and RTS Construction will be opening the adjacent Next store under development.

Michelle Cole, Community Engagement Manager for the Midas Group said: “Supporting Open Doors is part of the company’s commitment to supporting the communities it works within. Initiatives like Open Doors help young people understand that the construction industry offers a wide range of fantastic career options and there are lots of great job opportunities available.”

Kier will host visits to the new Scott Medical Studio School in Stoke along with the housing development at Chaucer Way in Manadon.

Theresa Burkat, Business Development Manager at Kier Construction said: “Open Doors enable access to a real life experience of a construction site in progress and is an important part of our strategy to educate and inspire local people about the career opportunities in construction.”

Ryearch will be showcasing their new housing development in Southway.

The EHA Group will offer a rare chance to see the £32.5M redevelopment project of the former Derry’s Department store which is being transformed into student accommodation, hotel and retail facilities.

Barratt Homes will host visitors to the new Redwood Heights housing development under construction in Plympton.

House builders GallifordTry will be opening the Bampflyde Southway Campus of new build affordable houses and Market Road in Plympton.

Andrew Johnston, Managing Director at GallifordTry said: “Open Doors is a fantastic initiative which can help tackle the Skills shortage. GallifordTry have launched a Skills Academy, an onsite training facility, created to improve the future skills of all ages in the local community. By opening the doors to the industry we can demonstrate the huge impact on the economy and the community and we are delighted to share this with our visitors.”

The Building Plymouth Open Doors programme takes place Monday-Friday, week commencing 19 March 2018:

  • Monday 19 March – Southway Housing project with Ryearch
  • Monday 19 March – Bretonside with McLaren
  • Wednesday 21 March –Bampflyde, Southway with Galliford Try
  • Wednesday 21 March – Marsh Mills Retail Development with Midas
  • Wednesday 21 March – Next development Marsh Mills with RTS Construction Group
  • Thursday 22 March – Market Road Plympton with Galliford Try
  • Thursday 22 March – Chaucer Way with Kier Living
  • Thursday 22 March – The Box with Willmott Dixon
  • Friday 23 March – Redwood Heights with Barratt Homes
  • Friday 23 March – Derry’s Department Store with EHA Group
  • Friday 23 March – Scott Medical Studio School with Kier Construction

To find out more and to book a single place or for a group booking emailbuilding.plymouth@plymouth.gov.uk.

For more information visit www.buildingplymouth.co.uk