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

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

Willmott Dixon to extend John Radcliffe Hospital

Construction firm Willmott Dixon has won the contract to build a new £2.5 million extension to the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

Willmott Dixon, which opened an office in Oxford earlier this year to service its growing pipeline of business in the region, has been appointed by Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust to double the hospital’s intensive care capacity for newborns. The unit is the only designated newborn intensive care unit covering the Thames Valley (Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire).  The contract has been let through the Procure 21+ framework.

The new 410 sq m, two-storey extension, which received planning permission from Oxford City Council in February, will provide an additional ten cots for premature and critically ill babies and will enable the Trust to provide more than twice as much space around each cot, creating an improved environment for the babies, parents and hospital staff. Continue reading

Midlands’ first construction school gets green light from DfE

Birmingham-based contractor and developer Willmott Dixon has welcomed proposals to set up the West Midlands’ first University Technical College (UTC) specialising in construction.

The DfE gave the plans the green light today. The West Midlands Construction University Technical College was the only construction based UTC bid to be given the go ahead in this bidding round.

Willmott Dixon, which employs nearly 1,000 people in Birmingham and the surrounding region, was the lead private sector/employer sponsor of the bid to the Department for Education (DfE) to establish the new institution. This involved the 160 year old building firm taking a clear startegic role, guiding the bid and will involve it in an ongoing relationship with the College. It also builds on the investment that Willmott Dixon is making in its Skills Academy, which is aimed at the adult training sector and will be set up within the city of Birmingham. Continue reading

Work officially begins on UK’s first standardised school

(L-R): Peter Owen, Willmott Dixon, Cllr David Wright, Heather Fielding, head teacher at Oakfield Primary School, and Mark Pawsey MP.

Work has started on a new £2.2m primary school in Rugby, Warwickshire.

The first turf has been dug to officially mark the start of construction of Oakfield Primary School’s new building.

The school is the first to be built in the UK using a new standardised system that uses ‘off-the-shelf’ designs to reduce costs and construction time.

Construction firm Willmott Dixon and Scape, a local authority controlled company, launched the system, called Sunesis, last year.

Warwickhshire County Council is the first local authority to commission Willmott Dixon and Scape to build a new school using Sunesis. The new building will be constructed using the Keynes model from the Sunesis standardised range and will replace the school’s exisiting 1950s buildings, which the school has outgrown due to increased demand for places.

The cost savings delivered by Sunesis – up to a third of the cost of a bespoke design – meant that the school could have an entire new building instead of just adding an extension. Continue reading