• Location

    Sherwood, Nottingham

  • Contractor/Developer

    Willmott Dixon

  • Build Time
    16 weeks

The project: Willmott Dixon had been contracted to build a new retirement village in Sherwood, to the north of Nottingham city centre. The development would be made up of 44 homes within a four-storey building, positioned between two existing tower blocks.

Our brief: Working as an established supply chain partner for Willmott Dixon, we were asked to design, manufacture and install a pre-insulated, light gauge steel superstructure which could be erected over a transfer platform and incorporate some intricate architectural features.

Challenges faced: The limited space on site and and unique design details for this development were no issue for us. However, having started on site some challenges were faced early on in the build with the concrete transfer slab not curing fully in the cold weather – this meant we were unable to drill to secure our standard fixings. Also, this project took place shortly after the Grenfell tragedy – requiring us to review our plans with Willmott Dixon.

Our delivery: This was the first time we’d worked with Willmott Dixon Construction in the Midlands region so we were keen to prove why we were a regular supply chain partner for other parts of its business.

We overcame the issues with building on the transfer slab by trialing different resin anchors. We paid to have independent testing carried out and once a solution was approved, we were able to progress with the build as planned. And in response to Grenfell, we agreed on some adjustments to the design and fabric of the building, to ensure its overall fire performance.

We completed the development on time and to the complete satisfaction of our client.

“I’m pleased to see how well the Willmott Dixon and Fusion teams have integrated, delivering to the brief and on time while overcoming some challenges both in the design and early in the build. This project has been more effectively completed with the Fusion system than would have been possible using traditional building methods.”

Simon LeadbeaterManaging Director, Willmott Dixon Residential Construction