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First trials of electric vans in Birmingham
Willmott Dixon’s team in the north of Birmingham have ‘plugged’ into a greener commitment as it trials an electric van as part of its continued sustainability plans across the business.
The two-month trial by Willmott Dixon is one of the ways the company is looking to continue strengthen its status as the industry’s only carbon neutral company.
It is utilising the Nissan e-NV200 on its repairs and maintenance contract with Birmingham City Council. The van has a range when fully charged of approximately 85miles, making it the perfect vehicle to use when travelling across the north of the city. Charging points for the vehicle are located at a Nissan dealership located two miles from the Willmott Dixon’s College Road depot.
During the course of the two months, data will be logged and mileage and battery usage will be recorded in comparison to equivalent fuel usage under the same environmental test and weight conditions against our current diesel vehicles. It will then be decided if electric vehicles will be rolled out across Willmott Dixon’s contracts nationally.
The Nissan electric vehicles can be driven for nearly 85 miles between charges, which means they could be useful on contracts with a compact geographical spread. We’re optimistic the vehicle will offer significant environmental and cost benefits to aid our operations and look forward to reviewing the trial results.
Willmott Dixon production manager Alan Considine
Willmott Dixon Partnerships is currently working with Birmingham City Council to repair and maintain 60,000 properties in the city. It’s two contracts for the north and south of the city includes the areas of Edgbaston, Hall Green, Northfield, Selly Oak, Ladywood, Erdington, Perry Bar and Sutton Coldfield.
This trial comes after the community actions of Willmott Dixon staff received a Royal seal of approval, with the company achieving a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development. One of the areas highlighted by judges in making the award was the £1 million worth of community investment made by the company and staff each year to local good causes. The company has also received recognition after scooping gold in the ‘Excellence in Social Responsibility’ category of the prestigious Investors in People awards, whilst also recently receiving Business in the Community’s CommunityMark with commendation for its societal benefit programme.
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.
Willmott Dixon’s Construction and Interiors businesses will work in partnership with a range of charities, social enterprises and community groups and conservationists.