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Builders Willmott Dixon to start work at Forest Hill pool in January. Swimming by September 2012?

Builders Willmott Dixon reported to the Forest Hill Pools Stakeholder meeting on the 9th December that they hope to commence work on the new pool and leisure centre in Dartmouth Road on the 4th January. Build time would be 68 weeks – so locals could be using the centre by September 2012 if all goes well.

 The presentation was by:

Operations Director: Jason Wellard

Construction Manager: Dominic Collins

Senior Project Surveyor: Simon Hawkins

Pre-Construction Manager: Mike Willcox

Willmott Dixon are the third largest privately owned construction company in the UK with over 2,600 employees and a 2009 construction turnover of £685m. The company has built over 100 pools in the last ten years and some of their recent local work includes the Eltham Leisure Centre, Hither Green Primary School, Crossways Academy and the new academic building at Goldsmith’s College. Willmott Dixon are the builders of the new housing complex at Bell Green. The company has won the 2010 Wrap Award for Sustainable construction. Jonathan Porritt is a non-executive director of the company.   

The expected timetable at the pools:

Commence 4/1/11, building work complete 23/4/12 i.e. 68 weeks.

 This will be broken down into:

4 weeks – Enabling work

24 weeks – Demolitions and alterations to existing building

18 weeks – Substructure works

18 weeks – Superstructure and envelope works

25 weeks – Pool plant installation

36 weeks – Finishes

42 weeks – Swimming pool fitting out and testing

30 weeks – External works and landscaping

Willmott Dixon intend to use the upstairs of Louise House as a site office during the build. A separate temporary building will house most of the workforce.

For more information about the new pool see: