Willmott Dixon chosen for £14.5m Luton & Dunstable University Hospital extension
Company expands healthcare portfolio
University opts for Willmott Dixon through Scape framework
Willmott Dixon has been awarded the £8 million contract to build a major extension to The University of Manchester’s Schuster Building. It is the company’s first project with the University as well as the University’s first project procured through Scape Group’s National Major Works framework.
The works form part of the university’s £1 billion campus masterplan, which will create a world-class campus for staff, students and visitors by 2022.
Willmott Dixon has a strong track-record of working with universities, using its knowledge of live-environment working to minimise disruption. Projects include creating a ‘living-green wall’ for Teesside University, building and extending Birmingham City University’s Curzon building, plus Bournemouth University’s new flagship ‘Fusion’ building and Leicester University’s Centre for Medicine, the UK’s largest non-residential Passivhaus facility.
The Schuster Building on Brunswick Street is home to the School of Physics and Astronomy and the new annexe on the eastern side of the building will enable the department to cater for the growing interest in physics and other STEM subjects following a significant increase in applications in recent years.
Willmott Dixon is working with Manchester based architects Hawkins Brown on the four-storey extension, which will deliver 2,500 sq m of accommodation on unoccupied land at the corner of Upper Brook Street and Brunswick Street, and will be connected to the Schuster Building with a metal bridge.
Anthony Dillon, managing director at Willmott Dixon in Manchester said:
“We are delighted to have been awarded this project with The University of Manchester. Being based in the city ourselves, it is a fantastic opportunity to use our skills to help the university expand its already exceptional educational facilities.”
Mark Robinson, Scape
Group Chief Executive said, “Manchester University’s ambitious growth plans are
a fantastic symbol of what is being achieved in the Northern Powerhouse and by
the higher education sector, despite the many external pressures. UK
Universities are crucial to the growth of our city regions and the UK economy,
and Manchester’s international success demonstrates what can be achieved
through public sector investment in skills, facilities and cutting edge
“By choosing the Scape framework the University will also ensure high levels of local spend and support local jobs, maximising the benefits for the local economy. The extension will be a fantastic edition to the University, and to its wider masterplan to create a world class campus.’
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.