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Iconic One Blackfriars opens doors to launch major construction campaign

Open Doors, a campaign which sees the construction industry open live sites and offices offering a unique chance to enjoy behind the scenes access across sites in England, Scotland and Wales, was launched today (Wednesday 28 February).

The campaign, which is led by Build UK in partnership with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), aims to inspire young people and career changers to consider and explore a dynamic and exciting career in the construction industry.

Construction is an industry of opportunity. According to the latest Construction Skills Network report 158,000 jobs will be created in the sector from 2018 - 22. Jobs in demand include carpenters, labourers and white collar managerial roles highlighting the diverse range of opportunities in the industry.

Last year’s Open Doors campaign saw over 5,000 bookings across 200 construction sites in England, Scotland and Wales. This year’s campaign, which takes place from Monday 19 – Saturday 24 March, will see over 250 sites open for the public.

At today’s launch event - a preview of the iconic One Blackfriars on the Thames riverside - attendees were treated to a behind the scenes tour of the on-going construction work and the jaw-dropping, panoramic views from the 32nd floor.

One Blackfriars is a great example of a modern construction project, and highlights the range of roles that together build our new homes.

The work taking place here is helping to set the standards for new developments, and will inspire and attract the next generation into the built environment.

Other sites opening their doors to the public in England, Scotland and Wales during the campaign include:

Suzannah Nichol MBE, Build UK Chief Executive, said: “Open Doors 2018 is set to be another record-breaking year with fantastic, iconic sites like One Blackfriars opening up across England, Scotland and Wales. Open Doors provides an ideal opportunity for the industry to open their doors and highlight the vast array of jobs and careers available within it.”

Mark Noonan, CITB Industry Relations Director, said: “By providing an exclusive, behind the scenes look at some of Britain’s best building sites, young people of all backgrounds can see the range of rewarding careers construction offers.

“We are predicting steady growth over the next five years, particularly in housing and infrastructure, so there really are huge opportunities out there for talented young people.

“One Blackfriars is already a spectacular part of London’s skyline, and Open Doors is an excellent way of showcasing the fantastic, modern construction projects that are changing our urban landscape.”

Open Doors is also supported by the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS), the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) and Go Construct.

To sign up for an Open Doors event visit

To find out more about construction careers visit

Twitter: @OpenDoorsUK #opendoors18