The new Central Library and Museum in Doncaster has taken centre stage as part of a national event to inspire young people and career changers to explore a dynamic and exciting career in the construction industry.
As part of Open Doors Week 2019 – delivered by Build UK in partnership with CITB, contractor Willmott Dixon opened up its live construction site to the public to go ‘behind the scenes’.
Guided by construction manager Mark Cox, visitors learned about the huge variety of professionals that contribute to the construction of a new building and demonstrate the kinds of careers available in our industry.
Open Doors seeks to inspire young people and career changers to consider and explore a dynamic and exciting career in the construction industry. The event is also supported by the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS), Considerate Contractors Scheme (CCS).
The transformational project in Doncaster town centre sees four existing buildings (Doncaster Central Library, Doncaster Archives in Balby, Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery, and the Library Services for Schools at Top Road, Barnby Dun) consolidated into a cutting edge cultural and learning centre featuring a new library, rail heritage centre, art gallery and museum.
Overseen by Doncaster Council and designed by the architect Bond Bryan, the centre’s aim is to inspire creativity, informal learning and innovation when completed in summer 2020.
Anthony Dillon, Managing Director of Willmott Dixon in the North, said: “We are delighted to be involved in Open Doors once again and particularly proud to welcome so many local people to go behind the scenes at Doncaster’s new Central Library and Museum.
“Open Doors offers a fantastic opportunity to have a closer look at the most exciting construction projects and a chance to hear first-hand about 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!”
Cllr Nigel Ball, Cabinet Member for Public Health, Leisure and Culture, said: “It was fantastic to see so many people visit during the Open Doors week and take a real keen interest in developments that are happening in the heart of Doncaster Town Centre.
“We’re as excited as anyone to see the progression of the new £15million library and museum transformed from the old Doncaster Girls School and hope this fires the imaginations of people to get involved in projects of this kind in the future.”
To find out more about Open Doors 2019, please go to: www.opendoors.construction