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Willmott Dixon Wins Contract to Refurbish Department for Education Office

Willmott Dixon Wins Contract to Refurbish Department for Education Office
02 June 2023 | Updated 06 June 2023

Willmott Dixon has been appointed to deliver the phased category B fit-out of Grade II listed Sanctuary Buildings, home to the Department for Education.

12,850m2 of the property in Victoria will be modernised with collaborative and open plan workspaces, hot desking facilities and staff breakout areas, and meeting rooms.

Existing plant facilities will be upgraded as part of the Department for Education’s (DfE) decarbonisation agenda, while the infrastructure will be put in place to support the future use of photovoltaic solar panelling.


Southern Construction Framework Award


The contract was awarded via the Southern Construction Framework and the project is expected to be completed by autumn 2024.

Graham Shaw, managing director at Willmott Dixon Interiors, said: “This will allow the DfE to facilitate hybrid working within its base at Sanctuary Buildings. We’ll be refurbishing the building to modern standards and future-proofing its plant facilities to deliver a sustainable workplace environment that promotes wellbeing and inclusivity. It is the second significant project we have been appointed to deliver on behalf of the customer and we’ll be working in close collaboration to ensure everything is completed on time and with minimal disruption to occupant.”

James Wright, SCF framework manager, said, ‘This is an exciting project to modernise the DfE headquarters, the customer has utilised the SCF to enable an integrated, collaborative approach to this project, allowing a flexible approach to delivery to satisfy their stakeholders requirements.’

The project team includes Arcadis, which is delivering principal design, project management and cost consultancy services.

Picture: a photograph of some of the members of the project team, standing on a balcony and smiling. Image Credit: Willmott Dixon

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 02 June 2023


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