Willmott Dixon Interiors led yet another successful Open Doors week with four projects opening their doors from 18th – 22nd March.
The projects which included nhow Hotel, London Screen Academy, The National Gallery and Department of Health’s Quarry House showcased fantastic examples inspiring the next generation to consider a career in construction.
Both schools and members from the local communities were able to visit each site, speak to the teams behind the projects, discuss various career prospects and see first-hand the works that are being carried out on site.
The event provided the opportunity for young people to learn about routes into construction, such as management trainee schemes and apprenticeship programmes and understand the variety of careers that the construction industry can offer. See our careers page for more information
Students are shown around our site at One Gallery Project
The talks also raised awareness of flexible and agile working as well as equality, diversity and inclusion in the construction industry.
The National Gallery
Our Project at the National Gallery, The One Gallery Project, involves the complete refurbishment of Room 32, the largest gallery within the National Gallery as well as the refurbishment of parts of the existing basement and ground floor areas. School children from local communities were provided with a tour of Gallery 32 as well as the two light wells within the Grade I listed building. During the week, we welcomed the Lord Mayor of Westminster, Lindsey Hall, who joined us for the site tour along with a local girl’s school.
The Lord Mayor of Westminster joins the site tour at the One Gallery Project
London Screen Academy
Over at London Screen Academy, where we are creating the UK’s first specialist Film School, our team opened their doors to members of the public and local schools. The refurbishment will give the building a major internal reconfiguration as well as adding a new steel frame structure which will provide a three-storey film production studio and supporting facilities. Along with a tour of the school, our Trainees from the project provided an insightful talk on their path into the Trainee Management Scheme and how it will shape their future career.
Students on site at London Screen Academy
One of our Management Trainee’s provides visitors from Bernardos a tour of Nhow Hotel
Willmott Dixon Interiors are currently creating the UK’s first Nhow Hotel. The uniquely designed hotel incorporates the history of London whilst combining it with a modern twist. Visitors to the site were provided with the opportunity to see a variety of areas of the hotel ranging from the Basement and back of house areas to the sample room, which provided an opportunity for those visiting to see what the rooms will look like on completion.
Located up in Leeds and our second project for the Department of Health, Quarry House, was our final site to participate in Open Doors 2019. The project consists of the formation of new meeting rooms, tea points and an upgrade to the current facilities. Visitors were able to see first-hand Phase 1 of the project along with a talk from the site team about the variety of roles on site.
As well as a number of requests for work experience with our build teams, we received a variety of great feedback from the schools who visited:
‘Thank you for showing me ideas for the future’
‘I found that after the Open Doors Workshop, a career in construction is an interesting and viable career opportunity’
‘Fantastic opportunity for the students to see the construction options’
‘After visiting the Open Doors site, I’d like to take up an apprentice or work experience in construction’
‘It was a very good experience and very interesting as well as informative’
Overall a great week was had by all involved with Open Doors 2019. As a company it was inspiring to see the next generation show a keen interest in a career in construction.