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Blog: Building Project of the Year (£10m and under) Winner 2018

10 October 2018

Willmott Dixon - Heathfield Academy

Contract value: £10m 

Type of work: New build


The judges say..."The management team was excellent – motivated and engaged. They really cared about what they were working towards and fully invested in achieving their goals."

Willmott Dixon was asked to take over the development of Heathfield Academy – a client and a community had been badly let down. The site was partly demolished, and the school was in temporary accommodation. The project, a three-floor reinforced concrete framed building came

with many challenges including: a ‘must open’ date with just 49 weeks to complete; substantial site constraints; a client budget under pressure due to spend with the previous contractor; and potential inefficient design. Willmott Dixon succeeded in redesigning the scheme within existing

planning stipulations completed the demolition and other enabling works and delivered a ‘life-changing’ environment for the pupils and staff.

The project stands out for many reasons but none more than the culture – the project produced a truly collaborative programme. Listening to everyone is important and making sure everyone understands that there is no hidden agenda, smoke screens or margin to slip on dates can instil a determination to get it ‘right first time’.

“In this category, we look for outstanding projects that demonstrate the highest levels of technical achievement, innovation and application of best practice.” explains Kevin Payne, Residential Projects Director, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield; head judge and sponsor of the Project of the Year Awards.  “The management team for Heathfield Academy was excellent – motivated and engaged. They really cared about what they were working towards and fully invested in achieving their goals.”

Willmott Dixon will now go onto the final Constructing Excellence National Awards, held on the 16th of November, competing with category winners from other regions around the UK - we wish them and all our other winners in London and the South East the best of luck!

We will be launching the Constructing Excellence SECBE Awards 2019 shortly after the nationals on the 19th of November for works carried out this year! You can register your interest here. 

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