DfE’s Sanctuary Buildings HQ
Creating a more modern, sustainable office environment for the Department for Education
Willmott Dixon delivers work in live environments in most sectors, and particularly healthcare, education, offices, and housing. We frequently work on constrained sites in busy locations.
Communication is key to working in live environments. On all our projects, we have meetings with the client and project stakeholders on a daily and weekly basis to provide information about construction activities and address any of their concerns.
The majority of our healthcare experience involves refurbishment or upgrade work of acute, mental health and community care facilities, which means we are well accustomed to working in live environments around healthcare professionals, service users and patients.
Over the last decade, we have completed more than 50 projects in live healthcare environments.
We take care to understand the operational requirements of all healthcare buildings we work in, through regular stakeholder liaison meetings before, during and after the construction programme.
We have established processes, procedures and management systems tailored towards a proactive ‘zero accidents’ approach and minimising disruption to operational services.
Our construction teams engage with a client at the start of a project, and we establish 'soft landings' protocols to ensure all our staff and members of our supply chain achieve ‘buy in’ to these processes.
In sectors such as healthcare, we establish a training plan in conjunction with the client and involve them during construction, with regular site tours. Where necessary, we provide training in the use of new equipment at least 10 weeks prior to project completion. After a handover workshop, we begin a series of familiarisation visits for all building users and appoint an aftercare manager for the two-year period post completion.
Creating a more modern, sustainable office environment for the Department for Education
Transforming Darlington Station entrance as part of Network Rail's £140m masterplan
One of the first purpose-built, autism-friendly secure inpatient facilities in the West Midlands
Creating 430 apartments for private sale and rent across two plots as part of Perry Barr’s Residential Scheme Phase 1, while integrating a wealth of offsite expertise for rapid delivery.
Expanding the campus to transform science, technology, engineering and mathematics, plus creative activities on the campus.
Embedding sustainability to create a school that’s fit for the future
Improving and expanding the school’s amenities
A 730-space multi-storey facility in Stoke-on-Trent, at the heart of the city centre Smithfield masterplan.
“First of its kind” facility that's a transformational blueprint for training NHS staff across the country
A central entertainment and dining hub for the people of Bridgwater
Increasing the energy efficiency of Somerset County Hall and Somerset County Library.
Supporting the UK space race with R&D and collaborative space for next generation satellites and rockets
Achieving a 56% reduction in CO2 across four Oxford leisure centres by replacing gas boilers with heat pumps.
A remodel and expansion of the hospital’s emergency department.
Creating a 100% electric and zero carbon 110,000 sq ft workspace in an iconic London location.
Creating much needed car parking facilities as the first phase of wider hospital development plans
Modular solution adds extra capacity for A&E department at Royal Sussex County Hospital
The transformation of Stockport's bus station into a modern transport interchange with public realm and green space.
Supporting Swindon Borough Council to provide a range of quality, affordable housing opportunities to buy and rent.
Luton and Dunstable University Hospital project to enable improved access to quality care
New transport facilities in the heart of Stevenage
Design and build of custody suite, office space and associated external works to provide a new headquarters building for Bedfordshire Police
Refurbishment and extension of historic Royal Liberty School in Romford
Transforming University of Hertfordshire’s Forum building to meet 2030 Estates vision
Refurbishment of 8,500 sq ft of innovation space at University of Westminster’s Cavendish Street Campus
The delivery of 242 apartments and a Hampton by Hilton hotel in Rochdale town centre
Creating a NetZero carbon school for 350 pupils with SEND requirements.
East Herts Council's state-of-the-art fitness facility with a special focus on disabled users
Creating exciting, new and inspiring learning space for students and teachers in Hemsworth
Creating a leading cultural centre in Warwick
Kickstarting one of the largest transformation projects in Nottingham
Providing new school facilities through an extension, refurbishment and demolition
Supporting the next generation of digital skills
Rapidly delivering construction services associated with the refurbishment of A&E facilities as part of Royal Berkshire Hospitals Winter Pressures Reconfiguration.
Continuing our collaboration with Oldham College to deliver a £9m state of the art construction skills facility.
The building has been completed to a world-class, industry-leading standard with 50% of the development made up of pre-manufactured value.
Further 1,200 square metres of industrial and collaboration space to support Somerset's green growth hub
Providing 297 apartments across two buildings on the former Avon Fire and Rescue headquarters site
Delivering a Cat A fitout to an iconic London building.
Mixed use development of housing, community space and nursery for the people of Greater London.
Third project delivered for the University of Kent, providing state-of-the-art medical education and research facilities
Constructing Liverpool's biggest car park in Kings Dock
Restoration and refurbishment of Doncaster's famous Grade II listed Wool Market.
A new retirement village in Nottingham
New health care centre for the Dulwich community.
Putting student life at the heart of campus regeneration
Historic office transformed into boutique London hotel
Mies and Stirling Prize winner Town House is the university's centrepiece.
New leisure and cultural centre for Harpenden
Transforming LJMU university campus at heart of ambitious estate masterplan
New office space for Nursing and Midwifery Council
Creating a new business hub and social space for University of Hertfordshire
New Spinal Rehabilitation Unit for South Wales
Creating a central hub, incorporating the library, learning centre and the local history centre in Walsall
In a major boost to the UK’s automotive industry, the hub will develop next generation cleaner engines
Extension and refurbishment work for Royal Greenwich Trust School
Creating a striking new parkland for the University of Birmingham
Central hub for sports at The University of Warwick, now saving more than £100k annually through our Energy Synergy™ service.
Restoring the magnificent Victorian-era East Wing theatre back to its full splendor
Three innovative student hubs created for the University of Exeter
Transforming a former naval hospital in a world heritage site into a student hub
Transforming hospitality facilities in the East Stand at Twickenham
Transforming Computer Science at Swansea University into a beacon for computing in Wales
Flagship business school to support the University’s ambitious vision
Cutting-edge approach for special educational needs school
Striking building that incorporates specialist film production, photographic studios and animation suites
Creating green space for the University of Manchester
New modern sports facilities for Calthorpe School in Fleet
A new gateway into Lincoln
Second facility for the Ronald McDonald Charity
10th scheme in Liverpool in last five years
Hub for 3,000 students featuring more than 650-rooms
Creating the Durie Building to provide more space at Manchester Enterprise Academy for Manchester City Council
Our fit-out specialist was appointed by London Metropolitan University to carry out the refit and refurbishment of its Calcutta House campus in Aldgate
Refurbishing one of Birmingham’s most well-known landmarks to create grade A office space
New home for North West Ambulance Service and Greater Manchester Fire And Rescue Service in Wigan
New model for student accommodation at Royal Holloway, University of London
Schuster extension the latest to benefit from University’s £1 billion ten-year Campus Masterplan
First phase of the Lincoln Science and Innovation Park
New central hub to make the university a world leader
Refurbishment of police headquarters, Lloyd House, in a busy central Birmingham site
University of Warwick’s flagship central teaching facility
Our education experts transform agricultural Houghall College for 21st century learning
New cutting-edge facilities for the University of Chichester
Award winning renovation for Bolton icon
Refurbishing and extending Dover Christ Church Academy to achieve an outstanding Ofsted report
Housing the final part of Met Office's new supercomputer
Replacing Wilderness School with new Free School for 600 pupils 11 - 16 year old and a further 190 at sixth form
74 unit retirement scheme with communal facilities
1900s built primary school transformed for next generation
Cutting-edge gym facilities and sustainable ‘green wall’ for Teesside University
Iconic new library for the University of Bedfordshire
Latest 50 metre pool delivered by our leisure specialists
Iconic, zinc-clad university building, with BIM used for design and construction
£120m town centre retail development, featuring top brands such as Top Man, H&M and Debenhams
New sustainable housing for older residents in Hucknall, near Nottingham
North East Surrey College of Technology (NESCOT) in Epsom and Ewell
We delivered a cat B fit-out to create the new HQ for HS2
Largest non-residential building to achieve coveted ultra low energy consumption Passivhaus standard
A-Block is one of Loughborough College’s key teaching buildings but its 1960s-built home was no longer fit for purpose.
New premises for one of Britain's top rated schools
Hi-tech university building, delivered with detailed planning using BIM Level 2
Our higher education skills are supporting Wiltshire College's ambitious expansion plans by building a state-of-the-art campus hub adjacent to its former campus.
The 152 en-suite apartments are spread over six blocks each with between 26 and 28 rooms
One of the biggest housing-led regeneration projects in Worcester
Complex refurbishment of a 10-storey office block, which remained operational throughout
Ofsted outstanding academy part of the Skinners' family of schools
One of many Travelodges given a new lease of life by our Interiors team
Theatre, digital media centre and laboratories built to BREEAM Excellent within a live campus site
New primary school built in 30 weeks!
Refurbishing a 50 year old office block to create 85 student apartments in Shrewsbury
Bringing together Greenwich Intermediate Care Unit, GP surgeries, outpatient and social care together under one roof
Extension to further education college in town centre location, built to BREEAM 'Excellent'.
Sunesis Keynes solution for new school to provide value and quality
The Barn is the latest development at the University of Nottingham's Sutton Bonington campus
Logistically challenging refurbishment of a town centre care home, with residents remaining in situ
Clever conversation of Grade 2 listed building to create home for free school
BREEAM Excellent university refurbishment delivered on a live campus
Refurbishing an art deco, city centre council building, delivered with staff in occupation
One of the UK's biggest retirement villages, providing nearly 500 homes for people over 55
New leisure centre for St Albans District Council
Eco-friendly student centre with ground-source heat pumps, photovoltaics and green roof
West End office revamp for leading mobile technology firm YOC
Conversion of a central London office block into a 75-bedroom hotel
Design and fit-out of three Virgin Holidays concession stores in three busy shopping centres
Redevelopment of a special needs school in North Wales, delivered on a live site
Leisure centre on former steelworks site, built to BREEAM Excellent rating
Landmark university building in Birmingham city centre, housing the institute of art and design
New primary school built in just 37 weeks with standardised design
4,000 sq m extension to Darlington Town Hall on constrained urban site
Extension to a live primary school, delivered with no disruption to staff and pupils
First non-domestic refurbishment and fit-out to achieve 2014 BREEAM Excellent rating
Logistically challenging, multi-phased project delivered in live clinical environment
New home within the Llandaff Campus
Sensitive restoration of a Grade II listed food market in a busy town centre
Refurbishment of Edwardian hostel for vulnerable people on a busy central London site
Brownfield development of 55 homes for affordable rent, built to Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3
New three-storey entrance constructed in a live hospital environment, with zero impact on patients, staff and visitors
A luxury inner-London housing development constructed on what client Taylor Wimpey called “a building site on a postage stamp”
Seven-year programme of refurbishments and maintenance services for Travelodge Hotels
Complex refurbishment of a Grade 2 listed building, which included numerous variations
Complex office refurbishment for City & Guilds on a constrained site in Farringdon
Refurbishment and extension of a primary school, achieving a BREEAM Excellent rating
Redevelopment of town centre shopping centre, while allowing retail operations to continue uninterrupted
Construction of 80 new homes to Code for Sustainable Home level 4 on a constrained site in Islington, north London
Headquarters for Cardiff's transport services, delivered to BREEAM 'Very Good'
Logistically challenging multi-phase project, delivered ahead of schedule through clever use of mast-climbing work platforms
A complex four-year phased ward refurbishment programme on a live hospital site, delivered defect-free three weeks ahead of schedule