Willmott Dixon chosen for £14.5m Luton & Dunstable University Hospital extension
Company expands healthcare portfolio
Company's facilities are helping make UK a world leader in science and technology
Willmott Dixon underlined its credentials as a leading constructor of science and technology facilities by working at the pre-construction stage on a second project at Harwell Science Campus in Oxfordshire.
It is working on plans to the end of RIBA Stage 4 for Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) to deliver the RAL Gemini Laser Building for their Central Laser Facility (CLF). It follows work for the same customer to build the Harwell Facilities Building.
The pre-construction involvement was procured through the Scape National Major Works framework and sets a solid foundation for the main contract to build a new laser testing facility for CLF’s Gemini team at STFC’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL), enhancing what is already one of the world’s leading laser facilities for scientists from the UK and Europe. This will complement the Harwell Facilities Building that will provide a specialist environment for researching and testing of important scientific developments.
It’s less than two years since the company completed the RAL Space R100 facility, also at the Harwell Science Campus, providing the largest and most sophisticated satellite design, production and research facility in Europe (below).
latest appointment at the Harwell Science Campus follows a clutch of
high-profile projects Willmott Dixon is responsible for to aid the work of
Britain’s world leading science community.
Recently, it completed a new home for the Met Office’s supercomputer in
Exeter and the BioCity complex in Nottingham.
For STFC’s Gemini Laser building, Willmott Dixon is working with architects FDG Fairhursts Design Group, Briggs & Forrester for services and Glanville Group for structural engineering.
Peter Owen, managing director of Willmott Dixon in the Midlands:
“We are delighted to be working on yet another project at STFC’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory site. We carry out a lot of work in this important sector, and our specialist teams offer a wealth of expertise creating facilities that drive innovation and help make the UK a leader in science and technology.”
Mark Robinson, Scape Group Chief Executive, comments: “It is great to see Willmott Dixon continue to lead from the front in the development of high-tech science and research facilities through our frameworks. The creation of cutting-edge STEM facilities in the UK will be vital in developing the high-skilled jobs of the future, as well as pioneering new scientific developments. Research teams deserve the best buildings to encourage and inspire them, and this facility procured through the Scape National Major Works framework should certainly live up to expectations.”
Company expands healthcare portfolio
Demolition begins at Stockport’s old bus station to make way for interchange with rooftop park and 196 new apartments
Follows the appointment in August to build a Passivhaus leisure centre for Spelthorne Borough Council
The extension and refurbishment project will enable the school to offer improved specialist facilities to 127 pupils, aged between four and 19 years old
The partnership will see the two firms collaborate, allowing them to deliver a wider range of healthcare construction projects than they could do individually
Our team took top honours at the 2021 Construction Manager of the Year Awards, which recognises the nation’s best project managers.
The intricate refurbishment will include reshaping the seating and stage to allow live performances with improved sightlines, while original features including the ziggurat ceiling and the building’s frontage will be restored to their former glory.