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Willmott Dixon scoops £46m school and leisure deal

Willmott Dixon has won a £46m education and leisure scheme in the North-east.

The Hertfordshire-based contractor was named preferred bidder by Northumberland County Council for the project to create a combined schools and leisure campus in Ponteland.

Construction News reported last month that Willmott Dixon was understood to be battling with Bam Construct and Kier for the project north of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Ponteland Leisure Centre will be demolished under the plans and replaced by an improved facility integrated with two schools.

The campus, designed by FaulknerBrowns Architects, will be home to a 1,600-place secondary school and sixth form, alongside a 420-place primary school and nursery.

Leisure facilities will include a 25 m swimming pool; a children’s wet play area; a clip-and-climb and soft play area; badminton courts; two full size 3G pitches and a library.

Willmott Dixon managing director in the North Anthony Dillon said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this contract for Northumberland County Council.

“We have developed a proposal based on the needs of the community and provided a range of facilities, which will not only benefit the pupils from the schools but also local people for years to come.”

In December, Northumberland County Council picked Galliford Try to build its new headquarters in Ashington. The contractor will deliver a five-storey Grade A office, alongside upgrades to local roads, modifications of existing junctions and the provision of nearly 500 parking spaces.

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