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: