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Forest Hill pools Open Day – 22 March and 5 April

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.
    We have arranged a drop-in session for all residents as an opportunity to meet the Willmott Dixon team and ask any questions they may have about the construction works. The sessions will take place in Louise House, on 22nd March and 5th April 5-7pm. Please feel free to pass this information onto anyone who might be interested in meeting the team.
I hope you found this update useful, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the project.
Helen Ferguson
t. 020 8314 7074
m. 0754 5737 522

Ground Breaking! Work on new Forest Hill pools starts officially

Lewisham Mayor Sir Steve Bullock, Cllr Chris Best Cabinet Member for Community Services and Mark Tant MD of Willmott Dixon Construction

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:

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: