Construction firm Willmott Dixon has set up a new Farnborough office as it hopes to generate a £100 million pipeline of work in the next four years in Dorset, Berkshire, Wiltshire and Hampshire.
The group said its base at the Farnborough Business Park, which is home to 25 members of staff, will now serve as a platform to grow and as a gateway to the four counties. This will allow Willmott Dixon to “pursue an increase in construction opportunities”.
Deputy Managing Director for Willmott Dixon’s construction business in the southern counties, Richard Poulter, will also be based at the new office.
Among the company’s notable projects in the area are: a new campus hub at Bournemouth University, Hart Leisure Centre in Fleet, Chippenham Campus for Wiltshire College, the mixed-use Centenary Quay development in Southampton, Warfield Primary School in Bracknell and Urban Village hotel in Portsmouth.
Poulter commented: “We are seeing a surge of activity, both in the public and private sectors across the region, so Farnborough is an ideal location to open a new office.
“Our structure is based on making sure we have locally based teams for our customers and the office will expand our ability to focus exclusively on Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and Berkshire, where we have already delivered notable work.
“Our goal is to generate a turnover of £50m by 2018 across the region, rising to £100m in 2020, and we’ll be creating new jobs along the way as part of our focus to use local companies whenever possible.”
At the start of November, Willmott Dixon recruited former GLA deputy mayor for housing, Richard Blakeway, to its housing development arm.
He will work as a strategic advisor to Willmott Residential, which was set up in May 2016 to grow the group’s residential development pipeline.
Blakeway was deputy mayor for housing at the Greater London Authority (GLA) between 2008-2016.