Willmott Dixon bags £66m universities project in Midland

WCN Editorial Team 11 Oct 2017 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Construction contractor Willmott Dixon has bagged contracts worth more than £60m at three universities in the Midlands, UK.

The largest contract, valued at £36m, is for sports hub for University of Warwick, which follows the company’s recent completion at the same university of the Oculus Building in the centre of the campus.

Once completed, the sports hub will provide students with a multi-sports hall, climbing facilities, squash courts, swimming pool and multi-purpose studios.

Additionally, Willmott Dixon has bagged a £15m contract for a low carbon technology centre where car manufacturers will test the next generation of engines.

Located on the Coventry University Enterprise Park, the site has five cell engine test facilities with an option to expand to eight.

Separately, Willmott Dixon has also been selected for two projects worth £15m to create ‘The Green Heart’ and a new data centre at the University of Birmingham. This will offer space for performances, socialising, meeting and studying, while opening up views across the whole campus. Willmott Dixon will also build a new research data centre at Edgbaston Campus.

Willmott Dixon managing director of the Midlands Peter Owen said: “We’re proud to be helping make the Midlands a world leader for learning and developing new technology with these new facilities.

“Our work at Warwick, Coventry and Birmingham will help all three attract the best students, academics and businesses to study and work in collaboration which will further boost the Midlands economy – a clear sign of investing in the future with HS2 on the horizon.”

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