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Willmott Dixon invests in Sussex growth


Where:   Willmott Dixon, Churchill Court 3, Manor Royal, West Sussex, RH10 9LU

Date:   Wednesday 22nd May 2019

Time:   12:00hrs – 14:00hrs


Speakers and photographic opportunities:


  • Peter Lamb, Leader, Crawley Council
  • Peter Hopkins, Lead Asset Strategy Manager, Surrey County Council
  • Russell Miller, Willmott Dixon Director for Delivery, Sussex
  • Roger Forsdyke, Willmott Dixon, Managing Director


Willmott Dixon officially opens its new Sussex office with an event which brings together company leaders and representatives from both Crawley and Surrey County Council.

The audience will hear how Willmott Dixon is committed to supporting business growth across the South East, and the importance of establishing and maintaining positive relationships with local authorities to stimulate more growth across Sussex.


The event will also see Chestnut Tree House – the children’s hospice for Sussex –presented with a cheque for £4,000 which was raised by the team at Willmott Dixon following a sponsored skydive.


The new base in Crawley expands the company’s presence as it looks to deliver more projects that play a key role in the county’s future. The opening comes shortly after the successful completion of L3 Technologies’ new flight simulator production and training facility on Gatwick Road in Crawley.


Willmott Dixon which built the world-leading Nexus facility for L3 Technologies adjacent to another project it delivered - South East Coast Ambulance Service’s new home at Gatwick Diamond – and is plotting more opportunity by opening its new office at the Regus in Manor Royal Business Park, Crawley. Another project the company recently completed was the Littlehampton Wave leisure centre, opened its doors to the public in March.

Russell Miller, Willmott Dixon Director for Delivery in Sussex, explained: “Willmott Dixon has been well established in the county since 1930 when we built Bailiffscourt at Climping near Littlehampton for Lord Moyne. Since then we’ve grown across Sussex and opening our new Gatwick hub, close to where many of our people live, is a natural evolution. 


“Gatwick is a thriving area and has, along with Sussex, a really bright future with many bold and imaginative initiatives to encourage growth and investment. We want to be part of shaping that by basing ourselves in an area close to our partners and customers.”


Cllr Peter Lamb, Leader of Crawley Borough Council, said: “Crawley Borough Council recognises that for our residents to thrive we need our economy to thrive. We're working hard, in partnership with private sector and public sector organisations, to ensure Crawley not only remains one of the best places in the region to do business, but keeps improving on that status. Willmott Dixon's decision to open an office in the town is a great testament to the impact of those efforts and their confidence in the future of Crawley's economy."


The new office in Gatwick has been designed to promote an agile, collaborative, project-led working approach. It will accommodate both preconstruction and operations staff, with partners and customers also encouraged to utilise the space.


Russell added: “We’re proud of our legacy in Sussex and are looking forward to being part of its future growth, as well as providing opportunities to help attract and retain the next generation of workers in the county.”


For more information on Willmott Dixon please visit www.willmottdixon.co.uk.

Interviews are available on request.

Running order for Wednesday 22nd May:


       12:00 – Arrival and drinks

       12:30 – Russell Miller: Welcome, our journey, personal journey, our projects past and present, why having a regional focus in Sussex is so important to the South East

       12:40 - Peter Lamb, leader, Crawley Council

       12:45 - Peter Hopkins, Lead Asset Strategy Manager, Surrey County Council: experience of working with Willmott Dixon, a short overview of the Gatwick Diamond and Nexus projects, early engagement, our relationship – repeat customer

       12:50 – Roger Forsdyke, Willmott Dixon MD: our values, heritage and purpose beyond profit

       13:00 – Russell Miller, Chestnut Tree House cheque presentation for sky dive

       13:10 – Lunch and networking


Picture: Willmott Dixon during work to build the Nexus production and training facility in Gatwick


Picture: Willmott Dixon further strengthened its track-record in Sussex by building the Littlehampton Wave, which opened to paying public in March 2019 

About Us

Willmott Dixon


Headquartered in Letchworth Garden City, Willmott Dixon is a privately-owned contracting and interior fit-out group. Founded in 1852, we are dedicated to leaving a positive legacy in our communities and environment and in 2018 were one of only six companies to receive a Queen's Award for Enterprise in the promoting opportunity through social mobility category. We create value for customers, stakeholders and communities by working in a sustainable and responsible way to shape the built environment and make a positive impact to society's well-being.


Willmott Dixon is one of the UK’s largest privately-owned construction firms, and this year won its third Queen’s Award for Enterprise, this time in the category of Sustainable Development.


The prestigious award recognised the company’s ethos to protect and nurture the environment alongside strengthening the wellbeing of communities through skills training, mentoring and volunteering work on community projects, something it aims to increase in Sussex.


Willmott Dixon has a significant track record in the region. Projects delivered by the company include the University of Sussex Medical School and Medical Research building, University of Chichester Academic and Music buildings, Bohunt School in Worthing and Adur Civic Centre.


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