Working with local communities is an absolutely essential part of what we do, because our work has such a huge impact on them.
During construction, communities are our neighbours. Afterwards, they are the end users of the buildings we construct. Our work remains part of the fabric of where they live, long after we have left the site.
Connections between our maintenance teams and their local areas are particularly strong because many of the people we employ come from, and live within, the local communities we serve. We engage with local people because we want to be good neighbours. But our ambitions go beyond that. We look beyond our immediate activities to see how we can add value to the communities in which we operate. And we have established our Willmott Dixon Foundation to make sure that the communities that we work with get maximum benefit from what we do.
In 2013, as part of our sustainable development strategy, we set ourselves the target of ‘enhancing the life chances of 3000 young people by 2015’.