News Oxford City Council Proposes Willmott Dixon £20m Tower Block Refurb

Oxford City Council is proposing to appoint Willmott Dixon Energy Services to a £20m project to refurbish five residential tower blocks.

The 1960s-built high-rises comprise 348 flats housing around 900 people.

Planned work will include repairing the communal structure, over-cladding and adding insulation, replacing windows, installing new heating systems, upgrading communal electrics and fire safety systems, and refurbishing the lifts.

There will also be improvements to the grounds, car parks, fencing, landscaping and front entrances.

Of the 348 flats in the tower blocks, 51 flats are privately owned and their leaseholders will have to pay for their share of the repair and refurbishment work.

Willmott Dixon was selected for the scheme after a tendering process that included interviews with residents, city council officers and external consultants. The firm will is expected to be formally confirmed as principal contractor for the project following a mandatory 30-day consultation with leaseholders.

Cllr Scott Seamons, board member for housing and property services, said: “This is a very important and much-awaited project for the council and the residents in the blocks. We welcome the proposed appointment of Willmott Dixon as the principal contractor for the scheme. They are world-class developers whose capabilities can be seen in the impressive Leys Pools and Leisure Centre, which they recently completed in Blackbird Leys.

“We’ll now be consulting tenants and leaseholders on the proposed contractor as well as the programme of works. Works are due to start on the first two blocks at Blackbird Leys in early 2016.”

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