Building firm big jobs boost

INCREASED demand for building schemes across the South Midlands has provided a boost for Willmott Dixon after staff numbers took a 55 per cent increase in 2014.

The Queen’s Award for Enterprise winning national contractor saw its turnover in the South Midlands increase from £16.4m in 2013 to £55m in just a year, representing a rise of more than 300 per cent in 12 months.

Matthew Raybould, operations director for the region, puts these impressive statistics down to growth in the firm’s key business areas such as education and science and tech as well as improvements in the regional economy.

He said: “Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire are key growth areas for Willmott Dixon and these figures are reflective of that.

We are a national business with a £1bn annual turnover, which will continue to grow as we strengthen our presence in key areas such as the South Midlands.”

“We have recruited a strong team for the region and have experienced significant growth in our target areas of education, primary, secondary and higher, as well as high profile science and tech projects such as the RAL Space Technology Centre at Harwell in Oxfordshire thanks to our commitment to a customer-focused approach to delivery.

“Local communities are absolutely central to our works and we endeavour to keep project spend as local as possible, ensuring that our projects are putting back into the areas in which we work.

Not only that, but Willmott Dixon is a sustainable, carbon neutral business, which is really important for how companies do business in their regions.

“There is an increased confidence in the regional economy, which is being reflected in the demand for construction in the South Midlands.

The region is going from strength to strength and we are really pleased to be a part of that good news story.”

Willmott Dixon is currently working on a number of high profile projects in the South Midlands, including a multi-million pound school expansion programme on behalf of Milton Keynes Council which will answer the demand more school places in the area, which has been procured through the Scape framework.

He added: “Milton Keynes is a great example of how important effective public sector frameworks are to businesses like ours.”

“The council there has recently signed up to the Scape framework and Willmott Dixon secured the contract to deliver jobs over £2m in value and as such deliver exciting projects such as these new schools at an approximate value of £80m.

“There are a number of very exciting opportunities to tender for construction projects in the region at the moment, and we are delighted to continue to establish Willmott Dixon in the South Midlands.”