Willmott Dixon Looking to Expand Sunesis School Building System


Willmott Dixon, the leading independent supplier of construction and property services in the UK is targeting a pipeline that has been valued at £100 million. The construction pipeline consists of orders that will be complete using their pre-designed school system, which is called Sunesis.

Willmott Dixon has announced this ambitious target following the appointment of Fran Cox from the Head of Schools and Infrastructure at Bedford Borough Council as the new Operations Director. The pan is for Fran Cox to lead the growth plans at Sunesis, a system that is jointly owned by Willmott Dixon and Scape Group.

It has been predicted that the country will require more than 2,000 new schools over the course of the next few years. Hopefully Fran and Sunesis will be able to play an essential role in meeting the demand for school places on a national scale.

Sunesis has already delivered 28 primary schools since their first commission in 2011. The division has also worked to complete 40 school extensions which has led to 18,000 new school places being created in total. At the moment, Sunesis has a range of three primary schools that are already pre-designed. These three schools are available with a fixed cost and a fast-track programme that means the work to construct the school can be completed within nine months of the project first being commissioned.

Fran’s recent appointment as Operations Director is vital to drive forward Willmott Dixon’s upcoming plans for growth in order to become a more established provider of new schools. Fran Cox’s experience working at Bedford Borough Council will be vital with the development of Sunesis. Fran has also experienced working with Sunesis as a client which will be valuable for understanding the needs and requirements for company will need to fulfill.

Sunesis has a great amount of potential and Fran Cox will be an asset to the company as they work to create more school places for children around the country.


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