Willmott Dixon has been appointed to build three separate projects worth £27 million that will create 209 new homes in Atherstone, Leamington Spa and Swindon.

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In a clear sign of the growing trend to develop bespoke homes for the retirement community, 161 of the 209 homes will be exclusively for people over 55, further enhancing Willmott Dixon’s track record as one of the country’s largest builders of retirement and care accommodation.

The largest contract is an £11 million project for Warwick District Council for 81 homes in Leamington Spa that comprise of a 76 unit block and five bungalows for

people over 55. It is another illustration of the rise in local authorities building homes for their community, with Willmott Dixon completing this project by April 2016.

The company will also create a further 80 retirement homes for Housing & Care 21 in Atherstone in a contract worth £9 million, further extending Willmott Dixon’s long-term relationship with the UK's largest non-profit care provider.

Another local authority building homes is Swindon Borough Council, which has appointed Willmott Dixon for a £7 million contract to build 48 affordable homes comprising of 12 apartments and 36 houses. Work on this will be complete in March 2017.

Simon Leadbeater, managing director of Willmott Dixon’s residential construction business in the Midlands, which will deliver the three projects, said, “This is a good sign that local authorities and care providers are continuing to invest significantly in quality new homes that their local communities need. Our role alongside the construction expertise we provide is to ensure we involve the local community as much as possible so that they benefit economically from construction work, something we believe in very strongly.”

The housing projects for Warwick District Council and Swindon Borough Council were secured through Scape Group’s Major Works framework. This allows the local authorities to benefit from a faster procurement process, cutting out waste and duplication, as they can contract directly with Willmott Dixon, which in turn reduces overall project delivery costs. The Scape framework also prioritises local spend within the community, with £593million invested locally on Scape projects since 2010, as well as supporting employment and skills by providing apprenticeships and work experience placements.