Construction Enquirer News Early electrical connections created at site to avoid need for diesel generators

Willmott Dixon has been awarded a £13.4m contract for the second phase of the £62m redevelopment at Oaklands College in St Albans.

The contractor handed over the first residential accommodation phase in the summer and has now landed another deal at the site through the Pagabo Major Works Framework.

Willmott Dixon will build The Evolution Centre which will be the core learning building on campus and contains a mix of classrooms and support spaces for teaching staff.

To support Willmott Dixon’s ambition to be net zero carbon by 2030, the site team have created early electrical connections to the grid so that the tower crane, site and welfare facilities do not need diesel generators.

The project is also utilising the local St Albans based community wood recycling to ensure that all timber not required is reused rather than sent away as waste.

Chris Tredget, managing director at Willmott Dixon in London and East, said: “The team is delighted to be back on site with the Evolution Centre and look forward to creating a new teaching space that will benefit the college and students for years to come.”

Jonathan Parker, national framework manager at Pagabo, said: “We’re delighted to be continuing our close working relationship with Willmott Dixon, and are really pleased to see the second phase of work in motion at Oaklands College following the handover of the first phase earlier this year.

“This next phase of work, which was awarded via a single stage procurement process through a programme of works, made it quicker and simpler to get work underway on delivering teaching facilities and a dedicated wing for special needs provision that are set to have a hugely positive impact on both the college and the wider community.”

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