Willmott Dixon appointed to £60m net zero college


Willmott Dixon has been chosen to build the new Town Centre Campus development for Bridgend College in Wales.

The college is moving from its Cowbridge Road Campus base to a former police station site in Cheapside, Bridgend.

The new development, valued at £60 million, aims to be 13,000 sqm and will target being net zero in operation in time for its planned summer 2026 delivery.

Willmott Dixon was procured to build under the SEWSCAP 3 framework.

The development will be designed in partnership with Rio Architects and will feature:

  • Two new buildings
  • 200-seat theatre
  • Hair and beauty salons
  • Recording and dance studios
  • Design workshops 
  • Flexible meeting spaces

Neal Stephens, managing director for Willmott Dixon in Wales, said: “We are delighted to be chosen for this transformational project in Bridgend.

“Our focus will be on supporting the ‘local pound’ by using regional supply chain partners where possible and working with students at Bridgend College to support their own learning journeys.”

Willmott was previously appointed to the £55 million redevelopment of Hertfordshire Constabulary in February, and last year secured a £40 million homes and health centre deal in Chiswick.

The Bridgend development is partly funded by the Welsh Government’s Sustainable Communities for Learning programme.

Vivienne Buckley, Bridgend College principal and CEO, said: “We are excited about the aspirational plans to create a vibrant new town centre campus in the heart of Bridgend. 

“Our ambition is to create a net-zero carbon building, bringing twenty-first century learning and teaching facilities to Bridgend.

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