27 March 2018
ISG enjoyed show-stopping success as part of industry-wide initiative, Open Doors, after providing behind-the-scenes tours of eight UK construction sites to give the public a taste of construction.
Led by leading representative construction organisation, Build UK, in partnership with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), Open Doors offers the public an opportunity to visit major ‘live’ construction sites and discover how the buildings in their local communities are being constructed, the aim being to promote careers in construction.
ISG’s Open Doors involvement began on a cold spring afternoon at Imperial College London's Michael Uren Biomedical Engineering Research Hub, where it is providing space for world-leading researchers, engineers, scientists and clinicians to further life-changing research into new and affordable medical technology.
A dentist, a criminology graduate and local schoolchildren were among a diverse turnout of people who were treated to an exclusive tour of the 12-storey facility.
Buoyed by some positive feedback from a local schoolteacher after their visit, who claimed ISG's "knowledge, passion and pride in what they do and for the industry was infectious", the project team also enjoyed a positive write-up from Construction News, who took part in the tour.
Our Walsingham House project in London was a hub of activity throughout the event, hosting 10 tours throughout the week.
Guests were talked through the radical transformation of the office block, which will see ISG carefully demolish the interior structure of the building, while retaining the attractive Portland stone façade.
Across the north of England and Scotland, ISG offered tours of its projects in Leeds, Manchester and Edinburgh.
Formerly the Leeds College of Art, the expansion has allowed the institution to become the first specialist arts university in the north of England.
A couple of days later another group of students joined our team on site to see what happens behind the hoardings, giving numerous rave reviews, including: “a good insight into the restrictions of building in the city centre and green initiatives involved.”
Across the Pennines in Manchester, three groups had the chance to get a sneak peek of ISG’s transformation of Moss Side Leisure Centre.
The project will transform the leisure offer in the Moss Side area of the city and sees us refurbish an existing 1970s building, including the swimming pool, sports hall and gym.
In Edinburgh, we welcomed two tours to our Market Street development, a challenging project which will see us build a new four-star, 98-room hotel in the Old Town.
The site team got the thumbs-up from visitors with all rating the tour as ‘very good’, and four people stating that they would consider taking up a career in construction as a result of the visit.
Plot Two Central Square welcomed attendees to the site, including staff from the Department of Work and Pensions. who aim to help the people of Cardiff find ways into construction.
The visits were successful with guests getting the opportunity to view the Rightacres' project, which is located next to the new BBC facilities and will become home to Cardiff University's media, journalism and cultural studies students, as well as Hugh James Solicitors.
Next stop was Solihull Alternative Provision Academy, where attendees enjoyed a tour of the unique office block, which is being transformed into an alternative provision school as part of the ESFA framework.
ISG’s final Open Doors site visit consisted of its Zenith Capital Quarter project in Cardiff, a high-end student development which will provide accommodation for 675 students once completed.
For more information on Open Doors, please visit our dedicated Open Doors web page.