Get an exclusive behind the scenes look into some of your community’s latest construction projects. With last year’s Open Doors receiving over 3,000 bookings, it's no wonder that the event has continued to attract construction workers and the general public alike. For anyone interested in construction, this is a must.

With so much to see and do, we’ve created a handy go-to-guide for a selection of the fantastic experiences on offer in each region. Check them out below!

North East - Stephenson Quarter University Technical College

30 minute visit

Maximum Group: 10

Experience the latest expansion of the £200m Stephenson Quarter (The first phase of this project has already boasted The Crowne Plaza Hotel, The Rocket office building, a car park and the redevelopment of The Boiler Shop events space) - has a brand new school specialising in careers within the Health, Science and IT sectors developed by North East Futures UTC.

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North West - Lightbox

50 minute visit

Maximum Group: 12

Take a look around Manchester’s latest exquisite apartments featuring panoramic views over the city’s waterfront, skyline and MediaCityUk. These £35 million apartments, designed by award-winning architect, AHR, feature the latest in contemporary design and features.   

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Yorkshire and Humber - Hungate York

60 minute visit

Maximum Group: 10

Lendlease Developments and the Morgan Sindall construction team are offering a guided talk through the project of the latest 101-bed luxury residential apartments to be built in York’s vibrant city centre.

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West Midlands - University College Birmingham

120 minute visit

Maximum Group: 10

Get an exclusive look at the brand new academic facility, located in the Jewellery Quarter, comprising of a teaching space, a sport teaching facility, lecture theatres, social learning areas and a multi storey carpark providing up to 160 spaces. This city centre development will be a focal point for the University and is one of many projects by Kier.

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East Midlands – Monksmoor Park Primary School

60 minute visit

Maximum Group: 14

See the finishing touches to the £4.2 million single-storey primary and nursery school being built on Daventry’s Monksmoor Estate. Visiting during the M&E final fix stage of the project, viewers will get to see internal finishing works and external landscaping.  

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East - St Clements Hill Primary Academy Norwich

120 minute visit

Maximum Group: 30

This exciting new project will see a brand new two-form entry primary school featuring the full design and construction of a Teaching Block, Sports Hall and Studio with capacity for up to 420 pupils aged 3 -11 years old. The project manager will be providing an insight into the project with a short presentation and a tour of the site. Book early or come down for the public open day on Saturday 24th March.

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London - Eight20: Waterworks Bridge

120 minute visit

Maximum Group: 20

This complex project, expected to be completed by January 2019, will see the bridge undergo a complete water main replacement, as well as removing an old asbestos sludge main, two unused high voltage cables and working around a number of fibre optic cables inside the sewer. Furthermore, new bridge decking and brand new street furniture will be featured.

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South East - Boldrewood Campus Building 178

90 minute visit

Maximum Group: 10

You’re invited to a site presentation and visit at Southhampton’s Boldrewood Campus to discover a new project consisting of multiple facades, basement, steel, and RC frames over 6 levels. This will add to the state-of-the-art teaching facilities already existing outstanding facilities and structure.

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South West - Exeter Science Park

60 minute visit

Maximum Group: 13

Visitors are asked to wear sensible footwear (Wellingtons/ Walking boots) to this guided tour of the sites two brand new buildings and accompanying carpark. Anyone unable to bring their own footwear should contact and give foot size to receive suitable footwear.

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Wales - The Mill

40 minute visit

Maximum Group: 10

Site Location

Located near the Victoria Park suburb of Canton, this project will see a remediated paper mill turned into 800 homes ranging from one bedroom apartments to 4 bedroom detached homes. Visitors will have the opportunity to discuss the project with Ground Workers, Timber Framers, Bricklayers and Carpenters as well as visiting the central office to see plans, drawings and photographs of the site.

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Scotland - East Lothian Community Hospital

60 minute visit

Maximum Group: 10

Visitors to the expansion of this already existing hospital will see structures, floor stairs and envelopes being installed as well as commencing roofing works. ELCH is a new build community hospital currently at Phase 2 of 4 with plans to provide a host of continuing and improved care for patients.

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Get involved

You can visit the Open Doors website to find out more about this UK-wide event. You will also be able to see which of the 130 plus sites taking part still have availability.

Find out about the huge range of construction roles and career opportunities there are in the sector with our Career Explorer or take our personality quiz to get a better idea of what would suit you.