Willmott Dixon chosen for £14.5m Luton & Dunstable University Hospital extension
Company expands healthcare portfolio
Willmott Dixon, the privately owned contracting company, publishes its accounts for the 12 months to 31 December 2016
Willmott Dixon’s Group Chief Executive Rick Willmott says: “This has been
a good, solid performance in 2016. A
year when our contracting businesses have delivered strong, predictable results
and where our residential development and support services companies have been
positioned with greater independence for the future.”
“This year will see concentration on our core contracting activity, making sure that we continue to shape Willmott Dixon to stay close to our customers, both private and public, and by serving their evolving needs. This particularly relates to our residential construction proposition, where the nature of projects is changing, with private housing developers, local authorities and housing associations creating ever more high density, mixed-tenure and mixed-use developments.
These opportunities are often ‘bundled’ as a series of projects that allow
customers to work in partnership with companies like us to accelerate delivery.”
“The residential contracting market has evolved materially and we’re
seeing a growing number of customers wanting to migrate relationships with
current operational teams, who have delivered commercial or education projects
for example, on to residential build contracts instead of being introduced to a
new team from a different part of the business.*
“To ensure we are best positioned to deal with this strong and vibrant market opportunity, we need to change the way we operate by integrating our residential expertise and capability into our national Construction business from July. This will see our residential projects and teams progressively migrate to their local Construction office to better enable us to provide a seamless service with scope to expand across the whole country.
“This also fits neatly with our portfolio of national and local frameworks, including Scape where we are a partner on the new National Construction Framework with the potential for work volumes of £2.25b over the next four years, and the Southern Construction Framework, where we have the accolade of being its Contractor of the Year. Having consistency of operational structure, leadership and direction will absolutely reinforce our ability to deliver best in class performance for all our customers.”
“I’ve always maintained Willmott Dixon’s ability to grow and succeed is down to our readiness to adapt in an ever changing market. Integrating our residential contracting business into our Construction arm led by chief operating officer John Waterman will give us more flexibility to meet the needs of our customers.”
The 2016 results include activities for Be Living and Fortem. From 2017, these companies will report separately following their demerger from Willmott Dixon.
*examples to illustrate this point:
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.