Willmott Dixon has around 150 live construction sites at any time. As a responsible business, we seek to engage with our local communities before work starts on site. One of the key enablers to deliver our 2030 sustainability strategy, Now or Never, is ensuring we understand the wider needs and priorities of our customers at the point of engagement and building these into the services we provide.

Engaging early on with the community enables us to develop social and environmental plans that address local need, ensures that our spending decisions positively impact the local economy and we minimise disruption whilst we are working in that community.

We work with our customers, supply chain and communities to develop bespoke, localised plans for each of our construction projects.

These plans consider three key criteria:

  • What is required socially: plans are co-created with local information, representation and/or agreement from customers and the communities they impact.
  • Our expertise in an area: do we have the right skills to deliver and/or do we need to partner with an expert?
  • What impact can we achieve: using measures such as the national TOMs and previous impact assessments to aid decision making on increasing reach and collaborating to achieve greater impact.

Social Value and Community Investment

Typically, our community investment activities include providing work experience, school visits, local employment or training, but we have also supported community festivals, rejuvenated gardens for community groups and hospices, repainted community halls and supported community cafés. What is important to us is that what we do is important to the community.

We participate in the Construction Ambassadors' scheme, where our employees visit schools, colleges and career events. They organise site visits and share positive experiences, promoting construction as a rewarding career.

Find out more about our community investment work through the Willmott Dixon Foundation.

Local Spend

Around 80% of our turnover is spent on the procurement of goods, works and services. So, we can play a key role in supporting local businesses and employment by spending as much as possible of a project’s budget locally.

An area of our business in which local spend is particularly developed is in the work we do for the national SCAPE framework, which was created by and for the public sector.

Through SCAPE we have targets relating to local spend, labour and employment, and we have developed reporting indicators to help us quantify the indirect economic impact our work is having on local communities.

Community Engagement

It’s important that whilst we are working in a community we minimise potential disruption. Early engagement with our communities helps us understand how we can limit any negative impact, for example, by restricting delivery of materials and limiting noise to within certain agreed times.

We provide opportunities for feedback from the local community through open meetings and keep communities informed and up to date about progress through regular communications. If you would like to contact us about one of our sites, click here.