Local Greenwich schools and construction colleges were offered an exclusive opportunity this weekend to take a behind the scenes look one of the area’s most exciting new developments, Greenwich Square. Located on the site of the former Greenwich district hospital, the site will deliver 645 new homes over the next five years.
Joint venture Hadley Mace, who is behind the £225 million project, participated in the Open Doors Weekend 2013, a national initiative that invited local education, centres to explore a construction site in their area. The students were joined by local MP Nick Raynsford on Saturday morning to support the initiative.
Hadley Mace opened its doors to the Greenwich Square site allowing invitees to take a tour and learn more about the project. Guests were given an insight into the development which will house a ‘community hub’, with a new public square surrounded by cafes and restaurants. The new homes will range from apartments and maisonettes with balconies, to family-focused terraced houses with landscaped gardens.
Nick Raynsford, MP for Greenwich & Woolwich, commented: “Greenwich Square is an exciting development which is key to the regeneration of East Greenwich. I welcome this initiative by Hadley Mace which gives students a valuable opportunity to go on site and learn more about this important project.”
Open Doors is an industry initiative to firstly show the diverse and exciting range of career opportunities that construction has to offer and secondly the wide range of skills required to make buildings and infrastructure part of our everyday lives. It also demonstrates the importance of construction to both the national and regional economies.
Hadley Mace specifically invited members of the local school communities in order to demonstrate what it is like to work in construction, as well as encouraging those who may be thinking about a career in the industry.
The Open Doors Weekend is the result of a partnership of four leading industry bodies, UK Construction Group (UKCG), CITB-Construction Skills, the Considerate Constructors Scheme and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).
Hadley Mace was one of over 23 developers taking part in the Open Doors Weekend 2013 across 75 sites in England, Scotland and Wales.
Stephen Ratcliffe, Director of UKCG, commented: “Construction is undergoing rapid change and needs to develop a skilled, diverse workforce to meet these challenges and maintain its position as one of this country’s most dynamic, creative and important industries. 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 to fill these positions.”
Jason Wood, Project Director at Hadley Mace adds, “Open Doors Weekend 2013 was a unique opportunity for us to engage with local schools and colleges and demonstrate the complexity and scale of the Greenwich Square development. Our aim is to give local students a taste of what it’s really like to work in the industry and encourage them to pursue a career in construction.”
For details on Open Doors Weekend 2013 please visit http://www.opendoorsweekend.co.uk/