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Open Doors Week visit to Kidlington care home site

April 12, 2017

Open Doors Week is a national initiative that offers a unique chance to see behind the scenes at construction sites. It’s a fantastic opportunity to see what it’s like to work on site and find out all about the different sorts of career opportunities available in construction.


Clugston Construction took part in the initiative this year and opened their Porthaven Care Home Project in Kidlington to visitors. We went along to see for ourselves!

The project includes the design, construction and complete fit out of a new build, two storey, care home spanning 3596m2. The home will include 70 ensuite bedrooms with assisted bathrooms, communal lounges and dining facilities, private dining rooms, quiet lounges, a library, café, hair salon and cinema. Outdside, there will be private terraces, wander paths, a water feature, sensory gardens and an allotment.


We were given a tour of the site by Site Manager Martin Dartnall and Business Development Manager Debbie Ward, who told us about work currently in progress and plans for each area of the care home. They explained that much of the work is subcontracted to local firms, as Clugston Construction are based in Scunthorpe.

It was fascinating to hear how the building is carefully designed for people with dementia, including the installation of a memory box outside each resident’s room that they can fill with treasured memories and things that are important to them and define their personality.


We met Spencer Mann, a Trainee Surveyor, who told us how he is currently working towards a degree in Quantity Surveying at Birmingham City University one day a week. He finds that it really works well to consolidate the things he learns at university by using them during the rest of his week at work on site.

We also really enjoyed hearing about the environmental challenges at the site and how they had been overcome. These included protecting a large number of slow worms by capturing and relocating them via 140 traps spread across the site! There was also a badger sett within 5m of the north boundary, which was monitored for 3 months and found to be disused.


A group of Year 10 students from Bicester Technology Studio visited the site earlier in the day and gained an insight into the wide range of opportunities and career paths in construction that they could take, many of which they weren’t aware of before the visit. Read their blog for more on their Open Doors Week experience.

It was a really enjoyable and insightful visit and we’re already looking forward to Open Doors Week 2018!


See our Facebook page for more pics from our visit.

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