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Message from Helen Ferguson, Project Manager, Programme manager and Property at LBL:
Willmott Dixon Construction have been on site at Dartmouth Road for just over 2 months and in that time they have made a great start to the programme:
- The first few weeks were dedicated to enabling works, which included extending the hoarding line, carrying out remedial works to Louise House, setting up welfare facilities for the staff
- We received approval for all pre-commencement conditions from Lewisham Planning Department, which allowed Willmott Dixon to commence building works.
- Construction work began in early February with ground excavation and levelling; using crushed material from the demolition of the pool halls to form a ‘piling mat’, a temporary surface to carry the weight of heavy machinery such as the piling rig.
- To date Willmott Dixon have excavated and removed approximately 2,500m3 of soil, to be re-used on another site, and are currently carrying out piling works (piling 22 metres below ground level), in preparation for the new building’s foundations.
The start of building work on the new Forest Hill pool site was officially marked on 21 February by a ground breaking ceremony carried out by the Lewisham Mayor, Clllr Chris Best and Mark Tant MD of the Willmott Dixon Construction Group.
Willmott Dixon has already commenced work on the new pool and leisure centre in Dartmouth Road at the beginning of January. For more details see: