Willmott Dixon donates £21,000 to Marie Curie

Marie Curie Cancer Care’s new West Midlands hospice is better off to the tune of £21,000 following a donation from national construction firm Willmott Dixon.

The money will help pay for vital equipment at the hospice, which opens its doors in the New Year, just 18 months after construction of the £20 million facility started.

The new hospice, which has been built by Willmott Dixon’s Midlands team, will offer around-the-clock care to people with terminal cancer and other illnesses and much-needed support for both patients and families in a comfortable environment.

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Worcester Sports Arena Opens its Doors to the public

There are just a few days left to sign up for a special tour of the new Worcester Sports Arena site on Hylton Road, Worcester, which will open up its doors to the public next week.

Willmott Dixon, which is constructing the £15m state-of-the-art facility, is participating in Open Doors Weekend, a pilot project from the construction industry, which gives members of the public from all across the UK the opportunity to go on a tour of a construction site in their area.

Worcester Sports Arena will be open on 9th and 10th of November for the public to take a tour of the site to learn more about the project, its development and the world of construction. But places are limited so anyone interested must register online prior to the event to avoid missing out. Continue reading

Survey: Lack of finance, skills and housing are main barriers to growth

Financial constraints and a lack of available housing are two of the biggest barriers to local economic development, according to a survey of councillors across England and Wales.

With the Conservatives preparing to gather in Birmingham for their annual conference, the survey, carried out by ComRes on behalf of construction company Willmott Dixon, found that a quarter of councillors believe that financial constraints, such as a lack of funding and budget cuts, is the single largest barrier to growth, closely followed by a shortage of housing (18 per cent).

The survey also identified the key challenges around local inward investment, with poor skills and transport links cited as the main areas for concern. Nearly half (46 per cent) of councillors point to low levels of skills in the local workforce as the main barrier for inward investment, with 41 per cent also highlighting concerns over transport links – a key area under review by the Government as it looks at ways to kick-start the economy. Continue reading

Schools build programme provides lifeline for contractors

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools, Lord Hill of Oareford CBE (second from left), is shown around the new building by representatives from Willmott Dixon, Scape, Oakfield Primary School and Wawickshire County Council.

Midlands’ contractor Willmott Dixon, which has offices in Birmingham and Nottingham, has reported a surge of interest in Britain’s first standardised school, currently under construction in Rugby.

Thirteen local authorities have paid a visit to Oakfield Primary School, including five from the West Midlands. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools, Lord Hill of Oareford CBE, also visited the site in July.

Interest has been prompted by the acute shortage of primary school places across the  region. Continue reading

Under Secretary of State for Schools visits UK’s first standardised school in Rugby

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools, Lord Hill of Oareford CBE (second from left), is shown around the new building by representatives from Willmott Dixon, Scape, Oakfield Primary School and Wawickshire County Council.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools, Lord Hill of Oareford CBE, paid a special visit to Oakfield Primary School in Rugby, Warwickshire, to see construction of a school that could revolutionise how schools are built in the future.

Lord Hill, responsible for school funding and capital at the Department for Education, wanted to see first-hand how the standardised system, called Sunesis, can reduce costs and construction time.

Sunesis was launched last year by Willmott Dixon and Scape, a local authority controlled construction procurement company, to help reduce the cost of building new schools and meet the Government’s ‘more for less’ agenda. Continue reading

Willmott Dixon lands ‘Best Value’ award for Tamworth school

The Midlands office of Willmott Dixon has scooped an industry award for its construction of the Landau Forte Academy in Tamworth.

The Coleshill-based contractor won the “Value Project of the Year” category at the West Midlands Centre for Constructing Excellence’s annual industry awards.

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Willmott Dixon appoints new sales and marketing manager in East Midlands

Stephen Corbett (second from right) with the rest of the Willmott Dixon East Midlands team. (L-R) Nick Heath, Steve Nitman, Jerry Major and Scott Corey

Construction firm Willmott Dixon has appointed Stephen Corbett as its new sales and marketing manager for the East Midlands.

Mr Corbett, who is based at the firm’s office in Nottingham, is responsible for raising the profile of Willmott Dixon in the region and supporting its national sector managers and directors in generating leads and driving growth across all sectors, including housing, education and healthcare.

As well as Nottinghamshire, he will cover Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Rutland

Mr Corbett joined Willmott Dixon in 2010 as sales and marketing manager in the West Midlands. Prior to that he occupied a number of sales and business development roles for companies across the Midlands. Continue reading