Willmott Dixon scoops £44m green leisure centre job

Willmott Dixon has been named as the main contractor on a £43.5m green leisure centre project in Staines-upon-Thames.

The tier one contractor will work with consultant Gale & Snowden and architect GT3 to meet the international Passivhaus standard for energy-efficient design and construction.

Spelthorne Borough Council, which awarded the contract, said the building would be the UK’s first wet and dry Passivhaus leisure centre, including a rooftop synthetic grass pitch, sports hall and swimming pools.

Roger Forsdyke, Willmott Dixon’s managing director of London & south, said: “Spelthorne Borough Council’s choice to adopt the Passivhaus approach is a testament to their commitment to carbon reduction.

“Within [the company], we are putting maximum efforts into supporting our customers to address the climate emergency, with projects like this ensuring we can continue in adopting our expertise to suit the ambitions of our partners.”

In 2020, the firm committed to working towards a greener future by launching its ‘Now or Never’ strategy, which focuses on achieving operational net-zero across all new-build and refurbishment projects.

It also holds the contractor to being a zero-carbon company without any offsetting, and improving more than 100,000 lives through its social value commitments.

Spelthorne chief executive Daniel Mouawad said: “Having declared a climate emergency, we recognise the need to lead by example to achieve cleaner and greener lifestyles, and a sustainable borough for all to enjoy.”

Passivhaus methodology was established in the early 1990s, and has become a world-leading standard in energy-efficient design and construction.

In May, Willmott Dixon secured a revolving credit facility worth £50m, which is tied to its net-zero carbon commitments.

The firm was also named one of several firms on a £2.5bn London housing framework to build 7,000 new homes within “sustainable communities”.

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