Willmott Dixon wins first £86m “Tesco Town” contract

Grant Prior 12 years ago
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Willmott Dixon has won the £86.3m contract to build the first of a series of  planned “Tesco Towns” in south London.

The contractor has sealed the deal to create a large mixed-use development that will house an 80,000 square foot Tesco superstore, seven further retail units, car park, police station and 259 apartments in Woolwich.

Construction will start next month and Willmott Dixon is working with Sheppard Robson, architect, Cyril Sweett, project manager and quantity surveyor, Walsh Associates, structural engineer and Scott Wilson, services engineer.

The development will see Willmott Dixon combine all three parts of its Capital Works division, which are major contracting, house building and interior design and fit-out.

Alongside the superstore, the 17 storey project will include basement car parking for both Tesco customers and residential owners, with Willmott Dixon also overseeing the realignment of associated roads into the complex.

The new superstore will open by October 2012, along with the first 100 residential units. The remainder of the development and apartments will be completed in stages with everything handed over by July 2013.

Out of the 259 new homes, a mix of one, two and three bedroom apartments, 189 are available for private sale and a further 70 for affordable rent.

Chief executive for Willmott Dixon’s Capital Works division, John Frankiewicz, said: “This is an exciting project for us, and with our extensive experience of working in busy urban locations on commercial and residential projects, this is a good fit for the skill sets we offer within Capital Works.

“Securing this contract further underlines our capacity to undertake complex, mixed-use projects as they emerge, and by delivering an excellent performance led by an award-winning team under project director Sabah Abed, it is the first of what we hope will be many such projects for Tesco.

“It will also bring huge inward investment to this part of Woolwich, which will create both new jobs and further growth with the arrival of many new skilled people who will be attracted by the modern apartments in a great location.”

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