Willmott Dixon opens Oxford office

The Midlands arm of national construction firm Willmott Dixon is extending its reach to the south of its region by opening an office in Oxford. 

In addition to bases in Birmingham and Nottingham, the Midlands contractor has set up an office in Headington to service its growing pipeline of business in Oxfordshire.

A dedicated business development manager, Ian King, has been appointed to spearhead sales activity in the region.

Formerly director of estates and facilities management at Oxford Brookes University,where he spent 14 years and managed more than 400 staff, Mr King has worked in property, construction and estates management in both the public and private sectors.

Willmott Dixon has recently won more than £16m of construction projects in Oxfordshire. The firm will shortly start work on the new £8m Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre, as well as a new office block and extension to the newborn intensive care unit at Oxford University Hospitals NHS (formerly John Radcliffe). The contractor has also been appointed to build the new £6m St Edburg’s primary school in Bicester, which starts on site later this year.

Willmott Dixon employs more than 770 staff across the Midlands and turns over more than £154m, £80m of which is spent with local businesses.

Martin Adie, operations director at Willmott Dixon Midlands, said: “Willmott Dixon is well established in the East and West Midlands and it’s a logical extension for us to move in a southerly direction. Oxford is crying out for a national contractor with a local base, and we aim to fill that niche in the market.

“Ian King has spent more than 20 years’ of his career on this patch. He is well placed to support our new business development function in Oxford, concentrating initially on the education and health sector markets.”

(Photo caption:  (L-R) Martin Adie, operations director at Willmott Dixon Midlands & Ian King, business development manager)