First building contractor is named for eco town

Bicester Advertiser: Steve Hornblow Steve Hornblow

THE contractor that will build the roads and first homes on Bicester’s eco town has been named.

Developer A2 Dominion said Willmott Dixon will be its main contractor for the initial stage of the North West Bicester project.

It will build the infrastructure, which includes roads and an energy centre, as well as the first 94 homes.

A2 Dominion has planning approval for 393 zero carbon homes, a school, energy centre, eco pub, shops and a business centre at farmland off Banbury Road. A2’s NW Bicester Project Director Steve Hornblow said: “We’re delighted to announce Willmott Dixon as the main contractor for NW Bicester.

“NW Bicester is a pioneering project designed to enable people to live modern-day lifestyles with traditional values.

“The Exemplar phase will create a vibrant community where residents enjoy sustainable living and benefit from a real community environment.”

Charlie Scherer, chief operating officer for Willmott Dixon’s housing company, added: “We look forward to working with A2Dominion on the UK’s first eco town, creating a truly flagship development for Bicester.”

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1:47pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Severian says...

What happened to all the local businesses that were told to register on the Eco Town website, because they would be given work there? Over 100 businesses have registered - are they going to be involved at all?
What happened to all the local businesses that were told to register on the Eco Town website, because they would be given work there? Over 100 businesses have registered - are they going to be involved at all? Severian
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10:35am Fri 14 Feb 14

CupHalfFull says...

Who says they aren't?
Who says they aren't? CupHalfFull
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1:40pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Severian says...

CupHalfFull wrote:
Who says they aren't?
No-one. But they haven't said they are either - which is why I raised the question. I would have thought that the PR for the launch of the works would have taken the opportunity to tell us how many local businesses were being used, given that this was one of the supposed major benefits of the eco-town.

For instance the houses are going to be pre-fabricated at a facility in Bicester (we were told) using local labour (we were told). But now that the house building is being started we still haven't been told where this local fabrication facility is, or how many people it is employing.
[quote][p][bold]CupHalfFull[/bold] wrote: Who says they aren't?[/p][/quote]No-one. But they haven't said they are either - which is why I raised the question. I would have thought that the PR for the launch of the works would have taken the opportunity to tell us how many local businesses were being used, given that this was one of the supposed major benefits of the eco-town. For instance the houses are going to be pre-fabricated at a facility in Bicester (we were told) using local labour (we were told). But now that the house building is being started we still haven't been told where this local fabrication facility is, or how many people it is employing. Severian
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12:07pm Thu 20 Feb 14

to ny w says...

Severian,

for anybody who believed the Bicester Advertiser front page headline of a couple of years ago. which was published on local election day, where it said a factory for timber framed housing production was to be in Bicester, has been conned.
www.baecon.blogspot.
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Severian, for anybody who believed the Bicester Advertiser front page headline of a couple of years ago. which was published on local election day, where it said a factory for timber framed housing production was to be in Bicester, has been conned. www.baecon.blogspot. co.uk to ny w
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4:36pm Thu 20 Feb 14

to ny w says...

Severian wrote:
What happened to all the local businesses that were told to register on the Eco Town website, because they would be given work there? Over 100 businesses have registered - are they going to be involved at all?
A quote from appointed contractor Willmott Dixon's website.

“We will use local companies and construction materials whenever possible to support jobs and growth in the Bicester area. The local spend issue is important for us with NW Bicester providing important inward investment for the region. We’re aiming for a minimum of 20% labour from within a 20 miles radius to ensure we help sustain jobs and create many new ones.”
Big deal!!
[quote][p][bold]Severian[/bold] wrote: What happened to all the local businesses that were told to register on the Eco Town website, because they would be given work there? Over 100 businesses have registered - are they going to be involved at all?[/p][/quote]A quote from appointed contractor Willmott Dixon's website. “We will use local companies and construction materials whenever possible to support jobs and growth in the Bicester area. The local spend issue is important for us with NW Bicester providing important inward investment for the region. We’re aiming for a minimum of 20% labour from within a 20 miles radius to ensure we help sustain jobs and create many new ones.” Big deal!! to ny w
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