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Willmott Dixon confirmed for £46m Birmingham City University phase two

Willmott Dixon has been confirmed for the £46m contract to build phase two of Birmingham City University’s new campus in the city centre, as revealed by Construction News in February.

Construction on the new phase, at Eastside adjacent to Millenium Point, will begin in June.

Within the build cost, £28m is expected to go on subcontractor packages delivered by firms within a 20-mile radius of the project.

Phase two is part of the university’s £180m investment in its estate, featuring a student support hub and a new library.

The two-year project will also sustain 1,300 jobs and Willmott Dixon has committed to creating 46 new jobs for trainees, apprentices and people currently looking for employment. 

The Coleshill-based contractor also built phase one of the university’s masterplan, which features an integrated creative and media hub supported with pioneering technology.

The company employs 1,000 people in the West Midlands, including 22 apprentices, and holds the repairs and maintenance contract for 60,000 properties for Birmingham City Council.

Birmingham City University vice-chancellor Professor Cliff Allan said: “We are delighted to be teaming up with Willmott Dixon once again. 

“Our partnership to create The Parkside Building was hugely successful. When this state-of-the-art facility opens in September it will further enhance our world-class provision at Eastside for generations of students to come.

“Many of the job-ready graduates from our new campus will go on to apply their skills with companies in the West Midlands.

“We therefore look forward to starting work on the next phase of our Eastside development – another significant investment which underlines the fact we are the ‘University for Birmingham and its region’.”

Willmott Dixon Midlands managing director Peter Owen: “As a local company we take seriously our responsibility to support growth and sustain jobs in Birmingham.

“Our recent investment in the 4Life Academy is an example of this commitment. Now we have been appointed for phase two of Birmingham City University’s City Centre Campus and we’ll work with local companies to ensure they benefit from this huge investment.”

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