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Willmott Dixon is looking to build on the firm’s existing reputation in Croydon as a trusted contractor.

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The privately owned company, established in 1852, is one of the largest privately owned construction companies in the country.

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Turning over £1billion it is estimated that over 90 per cent of the population is never more than a mile from a Willmott Dixon project.

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Primarily known in Croydon for winning and completing, on programme and to budget, a series of high profile education schemes for the borough totaling over £48million in the last five years, Willmott Dixon contributes significantly to the local economy.

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The company has invested over £2.5million with Croydon businesses and around 50 per cent of the workforce on their projects in the borough are employed locally. Driven to actively encourage business with new local suppliers, over 20 per cent of subcontractors employed on current projects are based within the surrounding area.

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Stephen Parker, company sales and marketing manager, said: “We have built strong relationships in Croydon over the last couple of years. As a company we are focused on building and maintaining long lasting relationships with our clients and supply chain.

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“We have a vastly experienced team who understand how to deliver projects on programme, to budget and with the highest quality standards in mind. They know the intricacies of working in live environments and are able to deliver state of the art facilities with minimal disruption to the local community.

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“As Croydon continues to grow and develop as a vibrant place to live, work and do business, we would like to think that Willmott Dixon will be very much involved in that journey.

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“The firm’s record on liaising and consulting with the communities it is working in has won praise from London Borough of Croydon. It has engaged intensively with local schools and offered dozens of work experience placements. It has also employed hundreds of local apprentices across all of their projects.”

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The latest Willmott Dixon project with LBC is the £32million Oasis Arena Academy in South Norwood.

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London Borough of Croydon, who commissioned the build, has been fulsome in its praise of the way Willmott Dixon is managing the complex project, which will accommodate 800 students and is due for completion in Autumn 2016.

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Commenting on the firm’s work with LBC, the council’s Programme Education Manager, Colin McBride commented: “What I like about Willmott Dixon is the ‘can do’ attitude – they are doing a good job in the borough of helping us with our challenges to expand our education estate.

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“ I also really like that Willmott Dixon drill down and develop a number of KPIs about local labour that have been employed; the number of people that have been taken on to apprenticeships; the number of people who have been on training courses/training days.

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“So they give back to the local community, but also the number of local suppliers that have been used, with a sort of a close proximity of the London Borough of Croydon, and within the London Borough of Croydon. So they are really fulfilling that localism agenda, which again is very important to our members and to the local community.”

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In the last three years Willmott Dixon have worked on numerous local schools projects including Harris Academy, Stroud Green, and Ryelands.

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But across the country, they are involved in a wide range of construction projects. The company have built over 100 pools and 70 leisure facilities, state of the art commercial buildings like the new WWF-UK Living Planet HQ and a number of prestigious hotels.

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They are also sector leading and award winning for their sustainability programmes – they were the first carbon neutral construction and support Services Company in the UK.

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