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The number of construction workers on Spenhill’s Woolwich Central site peaked at 700 last month (March), as the major mixed-use development continues to take shape. In all 5,000 workers will be employed throughout the build.

Spenhill, the leading residential and mixed-used developer behind the scheme, have teamed up with contractor Willmott Dixon to deliver Woolwich Central – one of South East London’s most exciting new developments, providing 960 high quality 1,2 and 3 bedroom homes, a flagship Tesco store and other first-class shopping facilities. The first 260 homes will be completed by the end of 2013.

Woolwich Central forms a significant part of the ambitous and wide-ranging programme of regeneration currently underway in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. It is also, along with the Royal Borough’s new Woolwich Centre, spearheading the renaissance of Woolwich Town Centre.

Willmott Dixon has a policy of sourcing local workers and a number of the jobs created on site have been filled by local residents through the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s local job brokerage scheme, Greenwich Local Labour and Business (GLLaB).

When it opens in November 2012 the new Tesco store will generate up to 350 jobs to boost the local economy and £3m of transport and community infrastructure will be invested in the area over the project’s lifetime.

Graham Haydon White, Development Manager, Spenhill Regeneration Limited, said:

“Our aim is for all Spenhill developments, including our flagship scheme at Woolwich Central, is to boost the local economy during the construction phase and beyond. By providing new high quality homes and gardens and a range of services for local people, Woolwich Central will play a key role in enhancing the local area.”

Sabah Abed, Project Manager, Willmott Dixon, said:

“We are determined to make a positive contribution in the communities where we work. That includes providing employment and business opportunities to people living locally to help ‘recycle the local pound’, and also looking for ways to support and make a difference to local causes through the Willmott Dixon Foundation.”

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Notes to editors:

Woolwich Central is a multi-million pound landmark development featuring modern new homes, a new flagship Tesco store and other retail – it is part of the wider regeneration and renaissance of Woolwich

Woolwich Centre – the Woolwich Central development is next door to the new Woolwich Centre – The Royal Borough of Greenwich’s new building, home to a brand new, much bigger library and new service centre providing a better and more efficient service for residents

Spenhill is the regeneration subsidiary of Tesco with a unique offer – extensive specialist mixed-use experience combined with the retail expertise and reputation of market leader Tesco
www.spenhill.co.uk

Willmott Dixon is the construction partner for the Woolwich Central development and the UK’s second largest privately-owned construction, regeneration and support services company
www.willmottdixongroup.co.uk

For further information, please contact Richard Abbott on 020 7612 8492 / ra@londoncommunications.co.uk or Sarah Bishell on 020 7612 8493 / sb@londoncommunications.co.uk

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