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Ernest Park proudly celebrates Women in Construction Week.

From the drawing board to the construction site, their contributions are crucial to our success. In an industry often perceived as male-dominated, we recognise and celebrate the women who break barriers, challenge norms, and lead the way for future generations. Their dedication, expertise, and passion for their craft inspire us every day.

Join us this week as we shine a spotlight on the remarkable journey of our Design Manager, Seema Mistry.  

  • What inspired you to pursue a career in construction, and how did you break into the industry?

I studied architecture at University as I enjoyed using materials to create and shape spaces. This led me to a career as an architect and very much in the construction industry. I enjoyed the detailed design and construction end of the projects as I could see the buildings as large 3D puzzles and seeing the designs and details I’ve worked on and built on site is greatly rewarding. I joined Ernest Park a year ago where the construction phase is realised by us.

  • Can you share a significant challenge you’ve faced as a woman working in construction, and how did you overcome it?

During my time in this industry, I used to find that I needed to prove myself before I am treated as my male mounter parts, it almost became normal as I started each project. I did not take long for those to realise that I am competent, clear and dedicated to each and every project. Though my competence spoke for itself I also thankfully I got support from my colleagues, so could overcome these issues. The construction industry has changed since I started 15 years ago, and it is definitely more welcoming of women and encouraging women to the industry.

  • What advice would you give to other women who are considering a career in construction?

There are so many jobs in this industry that there will be something for you, if you like design, maths, law, being creative (painting, metalwork, carpentry), project management, there are a variety of jobs that are available to you. Please do not feel that construction is a male industry, it has changed dramatically and women are very welcome. Out of the new workers joining the industry 37% are women, however in total women make up 15% of the work force, so we have some way to go before women make up a more balanced percentage of the construction industry. Last month I spoke to school children to give them an idea of the range of roles in the industry it was enlightening to hear their thoughts and hopefully I increased the chances of more females joining the industry.

  • What steps can construction companies take to create a more inclusive and supportive work environment for women?

Over the years, attitudes towards women in construction have evolved positively, with greater recognition of their contributions and increased visibility in leadership roles. However, gender disparities persist, and further efforts are needed to promote diversity, provide opportunities, and foster inclusive work environments. The future I envision is one where women are fully integrated, valued, and empowered to thrive in every aspect of the construction industry.


  • As we celebrate Women in Construction Week, what message would you like to convey to the next generation of women considering careers in construction?

My message to the next generation of women considering careers in construction is simple: You belong here. Embrace your passion, pursue your dreams, and don’t let outdated stereotypes or gender biases hold you back. The construction industry offers a wealth of opportunities for women to excel and make a meaningful impact. So, don’t hesitate to explore this dynamic and rewarding field, where your skills, talents, and perspectives are not only valued but essential for driving innovation and progress. You have the power to shape the future of construction, and we eagerly welcome your contributions.

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