On Friday 6th March, nine Year 10 Product Design GCSE students were able to take a look into the diverse world of modern construction via the ‘Open Doors’ initiative. Our students had the opportunity to have a behind-the-scenes look at local major construction sites and meet the fantastic men and women who make it all happen.

Engineering companies Galliford Try, Costain and Atkins are working on a joint venture with United Utilities, carrying out work in two phases to increase the size of the sewer network in the Manchester area, and are helping to reduce the frequency of diluted sewage entering the local watercourses or flooding properties. The projects at Eccles and Salford involve creating two storm water holding tanks (almost 20 metres deep) located at either side of the busy M60 motorway and our students were able to experience first-hand the huge variety of engineering skills which are needed in order to take projects such as this through from start to finish.

Students were given a brief overview of the project, then transported around the site where they were given the opportunity to have a look at the various excavations and secant piling as the team prepare for tunnelling works. Back at the site meeting room, various members of the project team were then available to discuss careers in construction and answer questions about the project and their role in more depth. Many thanks to all those involved in organising and offering such a beneficial opportunity for our students!