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What we've achieved

Look what we’ve accomplished together

We’ve achieved some real milestone accomplishments together during this framework; take a look back over the last four years to see what they are.

Framework agreement signed

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Our first project completed

The Lecture Theatre, part of The Boiler House Project for Royal Holloway University of London, was the first project to be completed on the framework on 10th January 2014.

The Albus project completed in September

The Albus project completed in September, was a regional (Scotland) winner for projects up to 2,000 sq m at British Council for Offices, it was awarded Architectural Excellence and nominated for City Regeneration Project of the Year at the Scottish Property Awards.

mi|project was introduced in August

mi|project is a one-stop-shop to ensure project data is only entered once across the business. It is a massive time saver and is proving to be an invaluable tool for clients. Although this sounds like a relatively simple step, mi|project has replaced a system where our staff were entering the same data up to six times across 56 different systems – a situation common across the construction sector. mi|aftercare provides the client with a searchable database of all information on a building to log any defects and ensure a trouble-free occupancy.

Our first project with London Borough of Croydon

In September Whitehorse Manor Junior School was the first project handed over for London Borough of Croydon.

Considerate Constructor award winners

Forestdale Primary School in Croydon, which completed in October and Leicester Food Park, which completed in November both won the Considerate Constructor Silver Award. The Albus project scooped the Bronze Award.

Employee learning and development

The total amount spent on employee learning and development in 2014 was an impressive £2.4m.

Gender balance and diversity

The percentage of female employees in 2014 was 18.9%, the percentage of workforce from minority ethnic backgrounds in 2014 was 6.4%.

Britain’s Most Admired

In the 2014 Britain’s Most Admired Companies list we were the highest placed construction company.

Queen’s Award for Enterprise

In 2014 we were the only company in our industry sector to receive a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development.

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Commercial Building of the Year winners

Completed in January, Bio Quarter won Commercial Building of the Year at the Scottish RICS awards.

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Strategic Accommodation Programme

In February the Strategic Accommodation Programme (SAP) 2015-2016 is the first of six projects for Leicestershire County Council to start on site on the framework.

Carbon Trust Standard

We regained the Carbon Trust Standard in 2015.


The second version of mi|project was rolled out in December of this year.

Community investment

During 2015 the value of our community investment through the Willmott Dixon Foundation was £2.5m.

Enhancing life-chances

We surpassed our target of enhancing the life-chances of 3,000 young people between 2012 and 2015 by 14%.

Offsite Construction Awards

Sunesis project Carr Lodge completed in August 2015 and won the ‘Product Innovation’ category at the Offsite Construction Awards.

Considerate Constructors Scheme

We achieved an average of 40.29 / 50 Considerate Constructors Scheme score across all projects 2015.

Employee learning and development

Total amount spent on employee learning and development in 2015 was £2.9m.

Gender balance and diversity

The percentage of female employees in 2015 was 19.0%, the percentage of workforce from minority ethnic backgrounds in 2015 was 6.7%.

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During June we were involved in Open Doors

An industry-wide initiative that allows the community to book tours of construction sites. 2016’s event featured 11 projects on this framework.

Sustainable Company of the Year

In July 2016 we were awarded Sustainable Company of the Year – Construction News 2016

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Considerate Constructors Scheme

Our average score across all projects in 2016 was 40.58/50. This was approximately 13% higher than the industry average. Teeside University Central, completed in July was awarded Gold at the CCS National Site Awards for Most Considered Site.

Best to work for

We were named Construction Enquirer’s Best Major Contractor to work for in October.

Carbon Trust Standard

We retained the Carbon Trust Standard in 2016, and we were the only company in our sector to achieve this.

December 2016

The Met Office super-computer facility was completed to high acclaim.

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Building on Better

We set the bar higher with continuous improvement through our Building on Better strategy, this was delivered through a communication campaign and roadshows during 2016.

Education Investor’s Constructor of the Year

We were named Education Investor’s Constructor of the Year for the third year running.


We launched CODE our standardised custody suite product designed to support our police customers nationally.

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In 2016 we introduced our Social Value Account

A tool which helps us to calculate the value of initiatives. It uses proxy financial data provided by an independent external expert in the field, to provide us with an idea of the value of our interventions in society. Some of our projects have used this to demonstrate that equivalent financial value they added through community activities to the local area was 7-8% of the contractual value – and that is before you count the amount of money we spend in the local area on goods and services. Our Social Value Account is a valuable tool, which helps us work with our customers to decide on the right kinds and levels of activities for them and their communities.

Staff engagement score

Our staff engagement score in 2016 was 80/100 (this was a world leading employee engagement score).

Gender balance and diversity

The percentage of female employees in 2016 was 21.4%, the percentage of workforce from minority ethnic backgrounds in 2016 was 7.1%.

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Prime Programme of Scape-ready training

In 2017 our Prime Programme of Scape-ready training was made available to our people, partners and clients.

Sunday Times Top 100

In February we were listed 14th in the Sunday Times’ prestigious Top 100 Companies list – the highest in our sector. We were also awarded the ‘Giving Something Back’ crown. Judges were impressed with our programme of providing buddying, mentoring and apprenticeships.

Women in Construction Awards

In February at the Women in Construction we saw Sustainability Director, Julia Barrett pick up the Green Leadership trophy, while Assistant Project Surveyor, Sarah Mills scooped the Rising Star accolade for transforming young lives in Croydon with her LNK campaign. We fielded more finalists at these awards than any other company.

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Our tenth project for Milton Keynes Council

A refurbishment of Milton Keynes’ civic offices, Saxon Gate East, started on site in June and represented the tenth project on this framework for Milton Keynes Council

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Project of the Year

In July Bolton Albert Halls won Project of the Year at the Construction News Awards (under £10m). It was described by the judging panel as a “flagship project” for its town. Willmott Dixon’s refurbishment of the Grade II-listed Bolton Albert Halls for Bolton Council transformed a building with a number of legacy defects into a revitalised, modern public venue at the heart of the town centre. Facing a 71-week programme, a tight budget and an undefined scope of works due to the nature of the building the team had the further complication that the building had to remain live during the restoration. The project was delivered on time, on budget and was handed over defect-free to the happy client.

Regional Digital Construction Award

Completed in August 2017, the National College for High Speed Rail in Doncaster won the Regional Digital Construction Award at the Constructing Excellence Awards 2017.

Woodcote Primary School

Completed in December, it was the 11th project on this framework for London Borough of Croydon.

Annual Scape site visit

December saw the Annual Scape site visit in the North West. The afternoon was spent in Manchester for a tour of the three projects we have at The University of Manchester; Schuster Annexe, Brunswick Park and the Chemistry Building. We finished the day off with a festive trip to the Christmas markets and a meal in Manchester!

Mental health first aiders

During 2017 we made the investment in Mental health first aiders across our business.

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