The contracting, residential development and property support business, Willmott Dixon, has become the latest big-name business to take residence in Chelmsford. It is one of the biggest construction companies in the UK and has just established a base in the Vision co-working space at Saxon House.

The company is responsible for building Essex’s first Medical School, at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford and Harlow College’s Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Centre (HAMEC). However, the move to Vision is the first permanent base for Willmott Dixon in the East of England.

"Willmott Dixon has been well established in the county for years and it's a natural step to locate a team here by opening an office in Chelmsford, close to where many of our people live.”

Chris Tredget
Managing Director
Willmott Dixon

Vision office space

How Invest ESSEX has helped Willmott Dixon’s move to Chelmsford

Invest ESSEX has played a significant role in the construction company’s decision to set up in Chelmsford. As well as proposing Essex as the ideal location for their Eastern Regional Office, Invest ESSEX also specifically proposed Vision’s new co-working space in Chelmsford.

Willmott Dixon developed a strong relationship with Invest ESSEX after meeting at the opening of HAMEC in March 2017. Once Invest ESSEX became aware Willmott Dixon were looking to set up a satellite to the east of their Hitchin (Hertfordshire) HQ, they were keen to keep the property support notified of office opportunities in Chelmsford.

“We are delighted to welcome this long-established, family-owned business to the city and very much share their company vision and values. We look forward to continuing this relationship and helping Willmott Dixon establish themselves further in Essex.”

David Rooke
Location Services Director
Invest ESSEX

Vision co-working space table

Chelmsford being a prime business location

Both Vision and Invest ESSEX are part of the thriving business community in Chelmsford, which has more than 17,000 businesses and 85,000 jobs, contributing over £3.5 billion to the national economy.

Willmott Dixon’s office in Vision will accommodate both preconstruction and operations staff, with partners and customers also encouraged to utilise the space.

Ellisons Solicitors, one of the East of England’s oldest established legal practices, also recently moved in to ‘Vision’. Now, Willmott Dixon is the latest major player to take advantage of Chelmsford’s prime business location.

“Having major companies such as Willmott Dixon (construction) and Ellisons Law (solicitors) warming to this style of co-working environment, shows that larger corporations can benefit from this form of collaborative setting just as much as start-ups and SMEs.”

Joseph Price

Vision has been designed to promote an agile, collaborative, project-led working approach. The co-working office chose Chelmsford because of its ability to grow as a City.

“We can see the ‘Vision’ and how big a business powerhouse the City of Chelmsford will be in the very near future. The ripple effect of London is coming Chelmsford’s way, but we can only allow big changes to happen if we are ready to welcome them.”

Joseph Price

Vision office space

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[Source: Your Harlow]