School enjoys Colwyn Bay Promenade site visit

This spring VolkerStevin took part in Open Doors 2017, inviting members of the public to visit the Colwyn Bay Promenade construction site, where Conwy Council have decided to take radical action to replace the town’s ageing sea defences.


Open Doors is an initiative delivered by Build UK to show young people the fantastic range of careers in the construction industry.

At the time of the event, the project had used approximately 4,500m3 of concrete and 900 tonnes of sheet piling as part of a £4.8 million scheme to improve defences and public access to Colwyn Bay’s promenade.

During the Open Doors event, one of the tours was attended by a group of BTEC students from Leek High School, which is a specialist technology school. One of the teachers in the group commented: “It’s great to get the kids out on site to see and feel it - better than me jabbering on in the classroom!”


The students were shown VolkerStevin’s work on the promenade, which is due to be completed in June this year, which included improved sea defences, a new pedestrian promenade, new public realm and a cycle route along the town’s seafront.

As well as inviting school groups to attend Open Doors, VolkerStevin has also visited schools in the local area to promote its work on the seafront project and to outline the different career opportunities that construction can offer. The business has also worked with the local job centre to recruit people from the town to work on site.

James Elliott, site agent for VolkerStevin said: “The Open Doors initiative provided a great platform to promote both the civil engineering industry and the diverse career paths that are available. From a personal perspective it was a great experience to share my knowledge with a potential next generation of civil engineers.”

Open Doors is an annual initiative. To register your interest for 2018 please visit: