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Willmott Dixon

Willmott Dixon, a construction company visited the school forum which was set up to forge better links with local businesses.

Jon Allworth, a contracts manager with Willmott, was very impressed with what the school's vocational areas, highly commending two students’ brickwork arch. He made the distinction between a "normal" school and the Centre, commenting that the vocational learning is much more comprehensive here to that of a school, and the learning facilities simulate site work. He also kindly offered the opportunity for our students to visit one of Willmott Dixons sites.

Site visit 29.11.2016

The construction students visited a Willmott Dixon site on Thursday 29th November. The site, which is the Town Hall in St Albans, and a listed building, still possesses most of its historical ornate features (See picture). These features are to be retained whilst the underpinning of the building's foundations are taking place. The students paid particular interest to the holding cells situated in the basement of the Town Hall. The redundant cells are tiny with reinforced doors (see picture). The students enjoyed the visit getting a feel for a live working construction site, understanding some of the sequential processes to achieve a completed project.  

We have an invitation to return to observe the project's progression of which the students' are looking forward to. John is also in the process of organising the possibility of some of our students experiencing work experience, galvanising our links with local businesses.