Willmott Dixon wins sustainability award

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Contractor Willmott Dixon has been named Sustainable Company of the Year for its commitment to sustainability…

Contractor Willmott Dixon has been recognised for its work in relation to sustainability. The firm was named Sustainable Company of the Year at the Construction News Awards.

The firm has made some significant achievements in becoming more sustainable. Since 2010, the firm has reduced its carbon emissions by 31 per cent relative to turnover. Some 95 per cent of construction waste has been diverted from landfill. Furthermore the firm is carbon neutral and invests some £2.5m each year in community-related projects.

Willmott Dixon’s sustainability manager James Wilcox said: “We are very proud of our commitment to ensuring that the business is as sustainable as possible; it is very much part of our ethos.

“Not only that, but we work hard to ensure that the projects we deliver are as environmentally efficient as possible, striving to attain the highest industry standards wherever we can – so we are thrilled to have won this award.”

Nick Heath, operations director for Willmott Dixon in the East Midlands, also commented: “The Construction News Awards pit you against the industry’s finest and we are very proud to have been awarded the Sustainable Company of the Year accolade.

“It is testament to the hard work of the entire team here at Willmott Dixon and commitment to promoting sustainability both within the business and throughout our projects.”

In 2014, Willmott Dixon exceeded its 2010 target for carbon emissions reduction by over 100 per cent. Additionally, the firm reached a 38 per cent reduction in construction waste relative to turn over.

More than 60 judges were used to select the winners of the award. Finalists were required to give a face-to-face presentation.

A spokesman for the Construction News judges said: “Willmott Dixon’s long-standing commitment to sustainability impressed our judges, which is on show throughout the company.

“The contractor has unwavering ambitions to keep improving in the future and try and lead the way on sustainability in construction.”

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