Mace and Willmott Dixon team up for healthcare bids

At the Pears Building, the new Institute of Immunity and Transplantation at the Royal Free Hospital in London, timber features strongly in the light-filled atrium.
Willmott Dixon built the £48.9m Pears Building, the new Institute of Immunity and Transplantation at the Royal Free Hospital in London. Timber features strongly in the light-filled atrium.

Mace and Willmott Dixon have formed a consortium to target construction work in the UK healthcare sector together.

The consortium between the two contractors will be underpinned by an FAC-1 Framework Alliance Contract.

The two companies said they hoped the collaboration would enable them to deliver a wider range of healthcare construction projects than they could do individually.

They said the move was in line with the government’s Construction Playbook, launched in December last year, which sets out a direction for more effective collaboration in the construction sector.

Gareth Lewis, CEO for Construct, Mace, said: “In conversations with the team at Willmott Dixon we’ve found that we’ve got a lot in common as two of the most high-profile UK contractors – from our commitment to diversity and inclusion to our ambitions for net zero. We’ve also found a lot of areas we can learn from one another; and it’s exciting that we’ll be able to share the benefits of that learning with our clients and the end users that rely on critical healthcare facilities across the UK.

“Too often the UK construction industry can be so focused on competition that we lose out on amazing opportunities for collaboration. I hope that this new model of partnership demonstrates the value of being more open to sharing our talents and knowledge with each other.”

John Waterman, chief operating officer at Willmott Dixon Construction, said: “This is an exciting new collaboration that draws on much of the strategic intent of the Construction Playbook, which has laid out a clear course for the UK industry to get better and improve how we deliver for the public sector, through adopting a ‘programmes not projects’ approach – consequently we are looking at innovative ways of making this a reality. 

“In Mace we see a collaborator who shares our values for advancing modern methods of construction, as well as sharing our vision for a more sustainable industry and achieving net zero, protecting our planet for generations to enjoy. We look forward to working together to further innovation within the healthcare sector.”

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