Press Release: Willmott Dixon invests in Sussex growth

Willmott Dixon is following up its successful completion of L3 Technologies’ new flight simulator production and training facility on Gatwick Road in Crawley with a pledge to stimulate more growth in Sussex.

The company, 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, is plotting more opportunity by opening an office at the Regus in Manor Royal Business Park, Crawley.

The new office will provide a base for Willmott Dixon’s Sussex team, expanding the company’s presence as it looks to deliver more projects that play a key role in the county’s future. Another recently completed project, 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 that is 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.”

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.

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 provide opportunities to help attract and retain the next generation of workers in the county.”

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