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Willmott Dixon – Transforming Towns and Cities in the Midlands

We’re accelerating urban regeneration in the Midlands by helping customers to transform towns and cities and make them destinations to live, work, study and visit.

Towns and cities up and down the UK are going through an evolution; one that has been driven by the changing needs, desires and behaviours of people.

With strong foundations in the Midlands, we’re helping customers in the East Midlands to regenerate their spaces and make them fit for the future – from helping them to create Masterplans, to building science and technology buildings to creating public realm spaces.

Find out how we’re transforming towns and cities in the Midlands here.

Spotlight on our projects

Hollycroft Primary School: Leicestershire’s first net-zero in operation school

As the county’s first net-zero in operation school, the 210-place primary school will now act as a template for future schools in the region, with the next school having already been granted planning permission.

Embodied carbon is reduced through a timber frame and exposed timber walls, M&E features have been left exposed to enrich STEM learning for pupils, and advanced modelling at design stage has enabled the school to reach net-zero for both regulated and unregulated sources of energy.

We’re also implementing our innovative Energy Synergy process, which means we’ll monitor energy usage over the next three years. This will allow us to identify areas of inefficiency, make any necessary changes and help to close the performance gap.

Phoenix Cinema and Art Centre extension: helping to stimulate the local creative sector

Having built the scheme back in 2009, we’re returned to the project to extend the building and provide additional facilities for the local community.

The extension houses new creative and education spaces, two cinema screens, a larger café bar and a roof terrace with accessible toilets and lifts.

The hope is that the extension will double participation in arts, cinema, and creativity over five years as well as providing enhanced support for local artists and creative businesses.

George Davies Centre at University of Leicester: first-class learning facilities, built to Passivhaus standards

The centre was, at the time of completion, the UK's largest non-residential project built to the ultra-energy efficient Passivhaus standard.

Meeting the Passivhaus standard creates ultra-low energy buildings, in the case of George Davies Centre, energy consumption is 80kWh/m² compared to the previous 500kWh/m² produced by the old building!

The new centre now houses world-leading medical research and medical education under one roof. It will help to meet the demand for more capable and caring doctors, as well as housing applied research that will be at the forefront of improved patient safety and the fight against chronic disease.

Willmott Dixon

Willmott Dixon is a privately-owned construction and interior fit-out company, and their Chairman, Rick Willmott, is the fifth generation to lead the business. Sustainability and social value is at the heart of the business and since 1852 they have been passionate about leaving the right sort of social, environmental and economic legacy.

They’re pleased to be ProCon Patrons and look forward to continuing to work closely with customers in Nottinghamshire, developing places that give businesses, communities and people opportunities to grow, thrive and be inspired.

In 2022 Willmott Dixon launched its Decarbonise Today service, which provides additional skills, resources and expertise to help public sector organisations bid for Government funding to make properties more energy efficient, as well as accelerating the process through upgrade work and post-completion analysis of energy performance. It’s part of their Now or Never strategy to be zero-carbon in their own operations without offsetting by 2030, and this includes assisting customers in achieving the same in their operations.

As a major contractor, they work on projects across a variety of sectors including residential, education, law and order, science and technology, commercial, and healthcare. Projects in the local area include the Nottinghamshire Police Custody Suite, Broadmarsh Green Heart and decarbonisation works at Queen’s Medical Centre.

In 2022 they shone a light on construction as a great industry to work in by coming first in the Big Company category of the Best Companies Awards, which recognises the UK’s top workplaces. They continued their award success in 2023 when they won the first ever King’s Awards for Enterprise for promoting opportunity.

Although a national business, their local approach gives customers close attention, instead of being one of many in a large national structure. This is also demonstrated in their local pound approach of working with local companies, where possible, with up to 60 per cent of a project’s spending distributed within 35 miles.

Willmott Dixon

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2 Castle Meadow Road


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