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Willmott Dixon pencilled for £38m care homes job

29 Sep 11 Willmott Dixon has been named preferred bidder by Housing 21 for a £38m contract to build five new elderly extra care facilities across Warwickshire.

The contract is part of Housing 21’s PPP arrangement with Warwickshire County Council for providing care and housing for older people over a 30 year period. 

As preferred bidder, Willmott Dixon is in pole position for a two-year construction programme starting in 2012 to build care homes in Rugby, Bedworth, Atherstone, Alcester and Stratford-upon-Avon.  When completed in 2014, Warwickshire will have 355 new extra care units, along with 21 self-contained bungalows.

These extra care units will give residents the security and privacy of their own home, under the protective support of Housing 21. On-site facilities include communal facilities, day care centre with lounges, hair salon, wellbeing suite, hobbies room and restaurant.

The five homes will be delivered by Willmott Dixon’s Midlands office and the company is teaming up with a consultancy team that includes Birmingham-based architect Glancy Nicholls, along with structural engineer Cox Turner Morse and quantity surveyor Davis Landgon.

The first project starts in Bedworth in July 2012, followed by projects in Rugby, Atherstone and Stratford-upon-Avon, with the project in Alcester starting in 2013.  All work should be completed in 2014.

This is the second time that Willmott Dixon and Housing 21 have teamed up to transform elderly care accommodation in a region. In 2008, the two organisations were responsible for improving Walsall Borough Council’s care facilities in a similar PPP arrangement. On that occasion, Willmott Dixon built 325 extra care sheltered apartments across six sites.

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