Careers in Construction – ‘St Sidwell’s Point’

Leisure Centre

Employment and Skills

The creation of local jobs, apprenticeships and upskilling of the workforce has all helped to address the construction skills gap, with the SW having the highest annual recruitment requirement in the UK.

Over 1,000 people have helped to design, construct and deliver this amazing building. During the build there have been 8 jobs created for apprentices, 15 jobs created for new entrants and 1 job created for a graduate. There have been 13 qualifications gained; 7 main contractor and 6 sub-contractors.

As a result of the build there have been 35 work placements; 27 in education (22 T Level students and 5 school placements) and 8 not in education. There have also been over 1,000 Passivhaus Passport completions, with the workforce upskilled on environmentally friendly building practices.

Finally, the social impact generated through skills and employment has been £340,320 and Kier gave 925 hours to support this.

‘St Sidwell’s Point’ is Exeter’s new state of the art leisure centre and will be the most energy efficient in the UK.

Opening later this year, it includes three pools, a gym and two fitness studios, health suite and spa facility, children’s soft play area and a café.

This environmentally friendly building is designed to save up to 70% on annual energy costs,  the pools will have exceptional water quality, with minimal chemical content and the heat generated from the gym will help heat the pools.

Over 600 people have helped to design, construct and deliver this amazing building and we have created a number of videos which showcase the building and construction careers, which are found below.

In addition the ‘St Sidwell’s Point Education Pack’ provides further information on the project background, environmental benefits, healthy design, building biology and construction careers. Click on the link or image to read it:

As St Sidwell’s Point gets ready to open later this year, this article shines the light on some of the centre’s main features – the state-of-the-art swimming pools.

The spectacular swimming pools at St Sidwell’s Point are definitely something to shout about! The complex will feature a main swimming pool with 8 lane competition pool, a learner pool and a confidence pool. An interesting fact about the pools is that the main pool and learner pool will have a moveable floor – giving everyone the opportunity to make a splash at St Sidwell’s Point, whether it’s a swimming lesson or a match of water polo!

To read the article please click on the button below.

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The following ten minute video provides an overview of the UK’s most energy efficient leisure, featuring some of the people who helped to design and build it:

The following individual videos provide more detail on each person’s job role, their route into construction and what they enjoy about their job the most:

Our YouTube channel includes further details on these videos and  includes a fly through of how St Sidwell’s Point will look when finished.