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Willmott Dixon to replace Shaylor on stalled town hall job

Willmott Dixon has been named preferred partner to take over on Shaylor’s stalled £38m Wolverhampton Civic Hall redevelopment.

Willmott Dixon Interiors, the firm’s refurbishment and fit-out arm, has been chosen by City of Wolverhampton Council for the job, which has a completion date of autumn 2021.

The contract includes structural, engineering and electrical works, as well as design and fit-out improvements, which are due to restart in the coming weeks.

The project has been stalled since its main contractor Shaylor collapsed in June.

City of Wolverhampton council member for city economy Harman Banger said that Willmott Dixon was chosen after carrying out due diligence to keep the works on time and on budget.

He said: “The works will make the halls a world-class venue, enabling them to attract significantly more popular and prestigious entertainment acts, while retaining their current characteristics.”

Willmott Dixon Interiors director Phil Crowther said: “It is a building that the whole team here feel passionate about restoring and we have the best people to bring this project back on track.”

He said he and the team “were all born within Wolverhampton, [and] therefore understand how important this venue is”.

Internal changes to structural work will be carried out, such as raising the height of the stage and increasing the seating capacity.

Last month Willmott Dixon took over two Stoke-on-Trent projects which had stalled after contractor Pochin went under.

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