£61.5m mop-up in the region

Two hefty contract wins look like sending £61.5m worth of North East building work the way of Surbiton, Surrey, builder Willmott Dixon. The company is starting the first stage of building in a £33m contract to provide a centre for start-up businesses, combined with a leisure and community complex in the heart of Redcar.

Two hefty contract wins look like sending £61.5m worth of North East building work the way of Surbiton, Surrey, builder Willmott Dixon.

The company is starting the first stage of building in a £33m contract to provide a centre for start-up businesses, combined with a leisure and community complex in the heart of Redcar.

This adds to the £28.5m development already under way of a new central police headquarters in Newcastle, converting the six storey King’s House and an adjacent warehouse on Forth Banks behind the Central Station.

The builder, in the first of a two-stage contract, is now also erecting the business centre for Redcar and Cleveland Council, which calls also for a six-lane, 25-metre swimming pool, a dance hall and performance space.

Further included is a debating chamber and relocated registrar’s office. It is hoped entrepreneurs will be attracted to the centre, creating jobs for locals.

The leisure and community development comes under the council’s economic master plan to create and attract 14,600 new jobs, 600 new businesses, £4.5bn of private investment and £291m of public investment.

Anthony Dillon, managing director for the firm’s northern office, says: “We built the first BREEAM ‘outstanding’ health facility for NHS South of Tyne & Wear in Houghton-Le-Spring, and appreciate the importance of the ‘local pound’.

"We use local businesses and support local jobs whenever possible.”

Willmott Dixon is working with S&P Architects on the leisure side of the Redcar scheme and with +3 architects on the civic and business facilities. It is using Buro Happold for all structural and civil engineering work. Willmott Dixon also got the job of building Redcar’s 80ft vertical pier.