Worcester Sports Arena Opens its Doors to the public

There are just a few days left to sign up for a special tour of the new Worcester Sports Arena site on Hylton Road, Worcester, which will open up its doors to the public next week.

Willmott Dixon, which is constructing the £15m state-of-the-art facility, is participating in Open Doors Weekend, a pilot project from the construction industry, which gives members of the public from all across the UK the opportunity to go on a tour of a construction site in their area.

Worcester Sports Arena will be open on 9th and 10th of November for the public to take a tour of the site to learn more about the project, its development and the world of construction. But places are limited so anyone interested must register online prior to the event to avoid missing out.

Open Doors is an industry initiative to present the sector in an engaging and interesting way and showcase the dynamic, exciting career opportunities that construction has to offer. The project will also demonstrate the importance of construction to both the national and regional economies.

The scheme is being trialled across the country and is the result of a partnership of four leading industry bodies, UK Contractors Group (UKCG), CITB-ConstructionSkills, The Considerate Constructors Scheme and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

Speaking on behalf of the Open Doors Partnership, Amanda Sergeant, sector strategy manager for CITB-ConstructionSkills in the West Midlands, said: “Construction is undergoing rapid change and needs to develop a skilled workforce to meet these challenges it faces. Nowadays construction is more about careers than jobs and the expected increase in demand for management roles in the next few years means that we need quality talent entering the industry now to fill these future positions.

“‘Open Doors’ is a unique opportunity for the industry to display the complexity and scope of modern construction projects and give people a taste of what it’s really like to work in the industry. But places will be limited so I’d encourage anyone interested to go on the site and register to secure their place to avoid disappointment.”

Worcester Sports Arena will provide facilities for a full range of indoor sports, including badminton, futsal, handball, netball, short tennis and volleyball, but will have a special emphasis on international level Basketball.  It will also cater for equivalent disability sports.

The 6,000 sq m Arena, which will include 12 courts, is capable of hosting major indoor sports events, with retractable seating for up to 1,850 people.  It will also include sports treatment and first aid rooms, teaching and coaching spaces, a café, media and hospitality suites and other support facilities.

During tour, visitors will learn about the challenges of building the Arena, hear from project team members directly involved in the construction and receive practical demonstrations of various on-site trades, including plastering, tiling, decoration, external works
and finishes and mechanical/ electrical installations.

Peter Owen, managing director of the West Midlands office of Willmott Dixon, said: “The Open Doors initiative is a fantastic opportunity for those with an interest in the construction industry and members of the general public to gain a unique insight into a live building project. It’s also a great opportunity for us to inspire the next generation of construction workers as they will be able to see the many and varied roles that a career in the industry can offer.”

For more details or to sign up for a site tour, please visit http://www.opendoorsweekend.co.uk. Registration closes on Monday 5th November.

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