Willmott Dixon wins £24m hat-trick schools contract in UK

WCN Editorial Team 21 Aug 2020 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Willmott Dixon, a property developer, has won a £23.8m contract to make enhancement to three schools including Q3 Academy Langley, West Bromwich Collegiate Academy and Bristnall Hall Academy, Sandwell, Midlands in the UK.

Expected to be completed in September 2021, the three schools will accommodate additional 990 students.

The facilities are being built under Sandwell Council’s Schools Capital Programme 2019-2021 and were designed with Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council and ADP Architecture.

Willmott Dixon has secured the contract via the Constructing West Midlands Framework and its scope of work includes extension of the existing teaching accommodation at the schools.

At Q3 Academy Langley, the company’s scope of work will include theatre, new multi-use hall and completion of all external spaces.

At West Bromwich Collegiate Academy, the company will be responsible for the completion of a new specialist teaching block, a sports hall and a new sports pitch. For Bristnall Hall Academy, Willmott Dixon will deliver a new stand-alone building comprising of teaching, kitchen and dining facilities.

Willmott Dixon operations director Michelle Cotterill said: “We are very excited to be involved in these three projects to provide much-needed school places for the Sandwell community throughout its period of rapid expansion. We’ll be bringing to each scheme our proven track record of working in live education environments.

“As with all projects, our goal will be to leave a lasting legacy within the communities we work and are aiming to deliver over £1.2m worth of social value across all three schools by introducing initiatives that include the improvement of staff wellbeing, supporting local people into employment and providing NEETs students with employability skills and training opportunities.”

Recently, Willmott Dixon has completed the residential homestead at the Oaklands College, the first phase of the £62m redevelopment project to transform St. Albans campus.

The new homestead can now accommodate over 80 students and the facility includes two large communal areas, two shared kitchens and underfloor heating throughout. At the rear of the building, a basketball court has also been built.

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Artist’s rendering of the new sports hall at West Bromwich Collegiate Academy (Credit: Willmott Dixon.)

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