Northern Ireland construction company, Dixons Contractors, has completed the multi-million pound Academy of Sport and Wellbeing at Perth College UHI, University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland, in time for the 2016/2017 academic year.
With a 40-year heritage and a 56% increase in employees in the past 18 months, Dixons Contractors’ delivery of this major new development reiterates the local company’s national reputation in designing and constructing first-class facilities and projects across the UK.
The £7million structure not only includes a multi-purpose sports hall with bleacher seating for 400 spectators, spacious gyms, dance and fitness studios but also facilities for hairdressing and beauty therapy students and a state-of-the-art climbing centre, the only one of its kind in the Perth and Kinross region.
The company met an aggressive timeline and completed the Perth College UHI project in just over one year and within budget. Opening in time for the academic year, students, staff and the wider community have already begun enjoying the purpose-built academy, which contributes greatly to the culture of health and wellbeing.
The education project adds to Dixons’ on-going national work, alongside recent local projects including an extension of the La Mon hotel, Belfast, construction of new corporate facilities at Down Royal, with the firm currently building a new sports academy for Rainey Endowed school in Magherafelt.
With more design, construction and refurbishment projects across the UK and Ireland year-on-year, Dixons has seen turnover increase significantly. Managing Director, Declan McKendry, commented, “We are delighted to deliver our expertise and quality services to projects in Ireland and across the UK from our roots and headquarters in Northern Ireland. This design and build project was a tremendous development to be part of, we delivered a modern building designed to be fully inclusive and accessible. We are extremely proud of what we have achieved and the facility is a great asset to the college in the future.”
Jackie MacKenzie, Vice Principal Finance and Estates, Perth College UHI stated, “We have a fantastic new facility that was delivered on time and within budget. Dixons Contractors demonstrated a real commitment to working in partnership with the college, listened to us and were proactive in offering suggestions and professional advice. The team delivered everything they promised and more. It has hugely contributed to the Perth area, enabling an expansion in our curriculum and providing educational facilities for many, from school groups to Masters and PhD students.”
The University of Highlands and Islands project was completed in partnership with Scotland-based design and architecture firm, Keppie Design and sports hall construction specialists, Ball Hall.
Established in 1979 as a family-owned business, Dixons Contractors has a strong reputation for delivering high quality projects across the commercial, public and private sectors in Northern Ireland and Great Britain, including education, industrial, sports, leisure, health public sector, local authority and residential.