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Willmott Dixon in Midlands housing boost after triple win

Willmott Dixon has won three housing contracts in a regional boost that will deliver 160 homes to the West Midlands.

Housing 21, Rooftop Housing Group and Worcester Community Housing have appointed the firm to expand schemes in Rugby, Evesham and Worchester respectively, collectively worth more than £15m.

At Evesham, Willmott Dixon will build a 48-apartment extension worth £6m for Rooftop Housing Group.

A further £7m will go to the group for a mixed-use development in Worcester, providing 27 houses and six commercial units for Worcester Community Housing.

The final project is with Housing 21 for 61 apartments for people requiring specialist care accommodation.

Willmott Dixon managing director for housebuilding in the region Simon Leadbeater said: “Housing is a good indicator of economic growth and these latest schemes bode well for prospects in the West Midlands. 

“Our growing workload in housing will also see us create further job opportunities as more projects start on site over the coming months.”

Meanwhile chancellor George Osborne visited Willmott Dixon’s project to convert a former fire station into the Sir Issac Newton free school in Norwich this week.

Willmott Dixon has signed up the Norwich for Jobs campaign being run by the local Jobcentre Plus and former Cabinet Office minister and local MP Chloe Smith.

All subcontractors working on the project are being asked to sign up to the campaign which will see young unemployed people given work placements on the scheme.

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