South Bank custody suite unlocks opportunities

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 27 Jul 2017

IN ‘celling’ its credentials to the local sub-contracting construction industry, Willmott Dixon has underlined a strong commitment to apprenticeships and education, ahead of its first project in northern Lincolnshire.

The national company has been selected as principal contractor for Humberside Police’s new £14 million South Bank Custody Facility, set to be built on Grimsby’s Birchin Way, having delivered a dozen such buildings already, and worked with The Home Office on design. 

A planning application is anticipated imminently for the 36-cell suite, offices and interview rooms, at the former Bass brewery site.

It has a targeted opening date of March 2019.

It will replace custody facilities at Grimsby and Scunthorpe police stations.

A charity lock-in at the Sheffield facility

Jayne Greaves, community engagement manager, addressed special supply chain event held in Grimsby this past month.

She said: “One of our core values is putting something back in to the community we work in.

“Apprentices are a big thing for us, and we are not into creating 20-week brickwork positions. We want to work with those who have a pipeline of work.

 “We can help recruit apprentices, and there are shared apprenticeship schemes too where we can support a young person through.

“We will be engaging with local schools and colleges too, offering young people opportunities to come on site and experience it. It is not like learning about construction, brick laying within a building where it is all covered, this is the reality, and we want them to see the reality.” 

Last year Willmott Dixon provided nearly 1,000 work experience opportunities, attended nearly 100 careers events, and more than 100 schools.

For this project, key performance indicators cover:

  • Local spend
  • Local labour
  • Employing apprentices  
  • Engaging with schools/colleges 
  • Working with local SMEs
  • Work experience
  • School activities

Ray Oxby, leader of North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “I am very impressed with the ethos around skills and values. It resonates very strongly with what we want to do here in North East Lincolnshire.”

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