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Willmott Dixon bags £60m hat-trick of university jobs

Willmott Dixon has secured £60m-worth of contracts to boost facilities at three universities in the Midlands. 

The contracts at Warwick, Coventry and Birmingham come on top of £400m of recent work secured by the firm in the education sector. 

The largest of the three contracts is a £36m sports hub for Warwick University, including a multi-sports hall, climbing facilities, squash courts, swimming pool and “multi-purpose” studios, Willmott Dixon said. 

At Coventry University, the firm will build a £15m low-carbon technology centre to allow car manufacturers to test new engines.

And in Birmingham, the contractor has bagged a £15m deal to develop a green space for students and build a research data centre at the university’s Edgbaston campus.

The three contracts follow Willmott Dixon’s appointment to build RNN Group’s University Centre Rotherham and create the first undergraduate School of Medicine in Essex for Anglia Ruskin University. 

It has also delivered the National Rail Colleges in Birmingham and Doncaster – officially opened this week – as part of a £52m contract. 

In July, Willmott Dixon reported that the group’s annual pre-tax profit had doubled to £31.1m on revenue of £1.22bn

Construction News also revealed the Hertfordshire-based contractor had been shortlisted for places on the Education and Skills Funding Agency’s flagship £8bn National Construction Framework

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