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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Property experts greet Birmingham ‘roof tax’ proposals with dismay


Adrian Willet, director in the development team at the Birmingham office of CBRE, and Ashley Hancox, director in CBRE’s office agency team

Birmingham City Council’s proposals to introduce a swingeing new “roof tax” could sound the death knell for much of the city’s development pipeline.

Experts at property consultancy CBRE claim that Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charges being mooted by the council are far higher than those of other comparable (by value) authorities, and this could force investment and regeneration beyond the city’s boundary.

Birmingham’s proposed charges have just been released and will add, for example, more than £2 million in CIL payments to the cost of building a typical supermarket and £50,000 – £100,000 per acre for new homes, with on-site affordable housing to be provided on top. Continue reading

Colliers International calls for business to back rating revaluation petition

Colliers International has launched an online petition to stop the Government’s planned postponement of the 2015 business rates revaluation.

The property firm has started the e-petition on the Government website www.direct.gov.uk and is urging businesses in the West Midlands to show their support by adding their names to the list. If the petition receives 100,000 signatures it will be considered for debate in the House of Commons.

The proposal to delay the 2015 rating revaluation until 2017 is one of a number of measures being put forward by the Government as part of the Growth and Infrastructure Bill.

If implemented, businesses will continue to pay business rates based on property values in 2008, instead of current values, which are considerably less. For the retail sector in particular this could have a devastating impact. Continue reading

Clients grant Mills & Reeve seal of approval in guide to UK legal profession

National law firm Mills & Reeve, which has a major office in Birmingham, is one of the country’s top performing law firms when it comes to client satisfaction, according to the latest edition of Chambers UK.

The annual guide, which accumulates feedback from thousands of clients, places Mills & Reeve in the top four law firms based on the number of top ranking lawyers and the top six based on the number of top ranking practice areas.

The impressive results further strengthen Mills & Reeve’s position as a major UK law firm. New national listings in contentious insurance claims, public sector law and governance and Court of Protection ensured a total of 14 UK-wide listings, one more than last year. Continue reading

Willmott Dixon completes UK’s first standardised school

Construction firm Willmott Dixon has completed the UK’s first new school to be built using a new generation of standardised designs.

Oakfield Primary School’s new £2.2m building in Rugby, Warwickshire, was officially opened yesterday (Monday 5 November) as the pupils returned after the half-term break.

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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

Warwick Bar hosts funding seminar for creative businesses

Warwick Bar, the canalside regeneration project in Digbeth, is holding an event for cash-strapped creatives and small-medium enterprises seeking funding for business growth.

The scheme, which comprises 80,000 sq ft of business space, and is owned by ISIS Waterside Regeneration, is gaining a reputation as a growing arts and cultural destination.

Its tenant include a wide range of creative businesses, including Grand Union Artists Studios and Gallery Space, print company Printbots, picture framers Harris Moore Canvases, K4 Architects, Edible Eastside (urban growing with arts programme and pop up café).

On 25 October the developer will be hosting a workshop on funding sources. Continue reading