Contractor Willmott Dixon announced plans to relocate its Nottingham operation to the city’s Southern Gateway at MIPIM, the world’s largest property exhibition this week (16 March).
The firm has been based at Phoenix Park on the outskirts of the city, but will take up new premises at Lock House later this month – moving in a 50-strong team and underpinning Willmott Dixon’s commitment to the city.
Nick Heath, operations director for the East Midlands, said the move to the upcoming Southern Gateway of the city would allow the firm to continue its growth within Nottingham and further afield. The deal was overseen by regional property consultancy Innes England.
He said: “This is an important move for Willmott Dixon. We have been looking at moving our Nottingham operation from Phoenix Park for some time and we were very keen to relocate to the city centre; Lock House fits the bill perfectly.
“We are moving to a totally open plan and modern layout, which is more in line with the way we function as a business, allowing our team to work together to deliver excellent results for our customers.
“Over the past few weeks, our in-house interiors and design team has been working hard to ensure that the new premises will be ready for us to move in later this month. We’re excited to be moving into the city and particularly to an area where so much is planned over the coming months and years.”
The regeneration of the Southern Gateway to the city has taken significant steps forward in recent weeks with the commencement of the redevelopment of the Broadmarsh area and a planning application submitted for the Unity Square mixed use scheme opposite the train station.
Leader of Nottingham City Council, Councillor Jon Collins said: “The regeneration of this area of the city is hugely significant for Nottingham, and we have a number of exciting schemes either planned or underway to improve it.
“Willmott Dixon’s commitment to moving its operation into the city centre is indicative of the transformation of this area that is currently taking place, and we are very pleased to welcome them.”
Willmott Dixon is working on a number of high profile schemes within Nottingham including the £30m life sciences building adjacent to the current BioCity site and the Trent Basin scheme on Nottingham’s Waterside being developed by Blueprint.