DES host their second annual MacMillan Coffee Morning

DES hosted their second annual MacMillan Coffee Morning on Friday 28th September at our office in Poulton-le-Fylde. The Coffee Morning is MacMillan’s biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer. Together we collectively raised £105. The money raised could pay for a Macmillan social care worker for a day helping patients, family members, and carers manage […]

Read more

Started Work: Blenheim Park

DES have started works at Blenheim Park – Extra Care Home, Houndslow in conjunction with Willmott Dixon Construction. The project involves redeveloping a brownfield site in Feltham to create accommodation that meets the needs of people as they get older, especially those with physical disabilities and dementia. It was procured under Scape Group’s Major Works and […]

Read more

Started Work: Sutton Secondary School

DES have started works at the £36m secondary school in Sutton. The largest Passivhaus secondary school in the UK. New Sutton Secondary School will be a six form-entry school for 1,275 pupils and 95 staff. It is being built as part of the council’s masterplan for the London Cancer Hub (LCH), a new life science […]

Read more

Completed Works: Richmond Education and Enterprise Campus

DES have newly completed works at Richmond Education and Enterprise Campus (REEC) in Twickenham, working in conjunction with Willmott Dixon Construction. The 20,000 sqm development features the existing Clarendon SEN school and purpose-built accommodation for the Clarendon students, a new 11-15 five form entry secondary school (Richmond upon Thames), new headquarters for Haymarket and state-of-the-art […]

Read more

JTL National Awards 2018

(Pictured left to right, Geoffrey Russell JTL Chairman, Brian Powell DES Operations Director, Jon Graham JTL Chief Executive) JTL is one of the UK’s leading training providers for young people in England and Wales. DES work in partnership with JTL to ensure apprentices on the apprenticeship scheme follow a four-year course, splitting their time between college and […]

Read more

Completed Works: Canterbury Mills Primary School

DES have newly completed works at Canterbury Mills Primary School, Croydon. At DES we have established a reputation for providing early stage M&E design and expertise to help clients produce cost effective build solutions, delivering added value for the client. This ethos were applied to Canterbury Mills School. DES were involved early stages on the […]

Read more

The Cobham Challenge

Brian Powell (Operations Director) has graciously agreed to represent DES to support Willmott Dixon’s charity Chestnut Tree House by undertaking the Cobham Challenge 2018 – Jurassic Classic. On Friday 29th June, Brian will complete this challenging 100 mile road cycle challenge along with over 100 people from Willmott Dixon’s Cobham and Dartford offices who will be […]

Read more

Completed Works: Hoe Valley School & Leisure Centre

DES have recently completed works at Hoe Valley School & Leisure Centre in conjunction with Willmott Dixon Construction & Hunters South Architects. The works began in 2016 to construct a state-of-the-art secondary school and community leisure facilities. The site was developed by Woking Borough Council to enable the provision of a secondary school that meets the […]

Read more

WDC Building on Better Awards

On Thursday 3rd May Managing Director, Sean Egan attended the Willmott Dixon Construction’s Building on Better Awards which was held at the Hilton Hotel, London. The event was held by John Waterman (WDC Chief Operating Officer) and Rick Willmott (WDC Group Chief Executive). This was a WDC internal event between various local company offices. The […]

Read more

Secured Work: Ashmole Primary School

DES are proud to have secured Ashmole Primary School in Southgate, London working in conjunction with Brith. The project is part of the latest phase in a government-backed scheme, which will see the creation of 49 new free schools across the country. The building will provide a new permanent home for Ashmole Primary School, with […]

Read more

DES Announcement

DES are delighted to announce that our company name will be changing as of Monday 19th March 2018 to DES Group UK. Our new website link is www.desgroupuk.com. For DES Group UK it is important to have a company name that ensures a high degree of recognition among all our business contacts. DES Group UK […]

Read more

B&FC: Mock Interview Day

This morning, Karen Knight, our Head of People & Talent, went along to Blackpool & Fylde College as part of an initiative to give some of the students ‘mock interviews’. Education Business Partnership are working in conjunction with Blackpool and the Fylde College, asking local companies whether they would like to support students by taking […]

Read more

Work Experience

This week we have had Roman from St Mary’s Catholic Academy on work experience at DES. During his time he has been helping various different departments such as Purchasing, HR and Estimating to gain a more all rounded feel of DES. On his first day, Roman put together ‘Tender Submission’ folders for our Southern office. […]

Read more

Canterbury Mills – Health, Safety & Quality Award January 2018

Congratulations to Neil Shepherd and team working on the Canterbury Mills project, receiving yet another Health, Safety and Quality Award by Willmott Dixon Construction’s site team January 2018. The award is in recognition of going consistently above and beyond & showing outstanding commitment to health, safety and quality standards. Well done to all!

Read more

Our ambitious growth plans hit the local newspaper!

DES are pleased to announce our growth plans and participation in the ELITE London Stock Exchange programme has reached The Gazette. ELITE is a full-service programme which is designed to help the most ambitious companies prepare and structure for the next stages of growth through the access to long term financing opportunities. Working with the […]

Read more

Christmas Jumper Day at DES!

On 15th December, DES participated in the Save The Children’s Christmas Jumper Day. The DES team raised an astounding £70. Save The Children in the UK and around the world, aim to give all children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. With our help, our donation can buy […]

Read more

High Praise from Willmott Dixon on Canterbury Mills Project

Congratulations to our Project Manager Neil Shepherd and the team working on Canterbury Mills Primary School in Croydon receiving the Health, Safety and Quality Award in November. “It is with great pleasure that I contact you with regard to the Above and Beyond accolades for Neil, Jared and Bob from DES Electrical. The awards have […]

Read more

Secured: Blenheim Park

DES are pleased to have secured Blenheim Park – Extra Care Home, Hounslow with Willmott Dixon Construction. The project comprises of 94 apartments of various care levels within a new build nursing home and is due to start for DES in the second quarter of 2018. Willmott Dixon Cobham now encompass WD Housing and this […]

Read more

DES attend Act4Africa Charity Event

On Tuesday 14th November, DES attended a charity event called Act4Africa. What a fantastic cause! Act4Africa was established in 2001 to support women in Uganda. The charity is aimed at providing health and education services to empower women in Uganda, promote gender equality and help them to become financially astute and economically independent. Act4Africa have just […]

Read more

DES starts ELITE programme – a London Stock Exchange initiative

DES have been hand selected to be part of a programme called ELITE. This innovative platform is developed by the London Stock Exchange Group in conjunction with the Imperial College Business School who have selected only 20 companies across the UK, to which DES is one of them! The programme continues over a period of […]

Read more

Kingston University Town House in Revit to BIM Level 2

DES’ in house design team are currently working on Kingston University Town House in Revit to BIM Level 2. The university is the centre of a £41M project that will be a landmark building in local area. The new build will offer a range of different resources and ultimately bring together the local community. DES […]

Read more

DES receive positive feedback!

DES have newly started work on Richmond Educational and Enterprise Centre (REEC) in Twickenham in conjunction with Willmott Dixon Construction. We have a team of 5 electricians currently working on site ensuring the works are completed to a high standard, headed up by our Project Manager David Millard. Due to their hard work over the […]

Read more

Willmott Dixon Construction – October Health and Safety Award

DES are pleased to announce, Bradley Harker has been awarded in the month of October a Willmott Dixon Construction Health and Safety Award. Willmott Dixon Construction’s Assistant Build Manager, Sam Mallia has said: “Well done to Bradley for his hard work and efforts towards Health and Safety. We look forward to working with Bradley for […]

Read more

DES achieves Defect Free on projects!

DES strive to ensure there are zero defects during the handover on every project. Our involvement before the construction stage is a key part in which for this commitment to be achieved. DES have completed the following projects defect free: Heathfield Academy Chipstead Valley Primary School Christchurch Primary School We would like to thank our […]

Read more

DES attend The Goldman Sachs Annual EMEA Entrepreneurs Dinner

On Monday 9th October DES Managing Director, Sean Egan was invited to represent 10,000 Small Businesses UK at the Goldman Sachs Annual EMEA Entrepreneurs Dinner. The event was held at the Goldman Sachs Offices in London. Goldman Sachs received three spaces for 10,000 Small Businesses graduates to join an evening hosted by Richard Gnodde, vice chairman of […]

Read more

DES win Better Together Partner of The Year Award

On the 21st September DES attended the Willmott Dixon Construction – Powered by the Best: Awards Gala Dinner which was held at the Pullman Hotel, London. The evening is hosted to recognises an organisation and their people. We are pleased to announce DES won the Better Together Partner of The Year Award. It was a […]

Read more

DES host the annual MacMillan Coffee Morning

DES hosted their very own annual MacMillan Coffee Morning on Friday 29th September at our main office in Poulton-le-Fylde. The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is MacMillan’s largest fundraising event for people facing or touched by cancer. We feel as though this morning is an amazing opportunity for all our employees in our office and on-site […]

Read more

Meet our two new apprentices

DES pride themselves on their apprenticeship scheme ensuring employees have the chance to learn life-long skills whilst studying for a qualification. Our apprentices work alongside a Project Manager to ensure their full potential can be reached, learning a variety of skills ranging from involvement with the early stages of a project to the after care. […]

Read more

Two new employees join DES

DES are proud to have recruited two young and upcoming individuals to join the DES team, Lauren and Matthew. We support all new employees by ensuring they reach their full potential and are given the correct training and guidance. We are fully committed to focusing our time on our people. Our people are our drive. […]

Read more

CIPS Supply Management Awards 2017

The CIPS Supply Management Awards is the most significant acknowledgement an organisation or individual in the supply chain industry can receive. This year’s event was held at the Grosvenor House, London and was hosted by Joel McDermott. Over 1000 professionals attended to celebrate their work throughout the last 12 months. DES were delighted to be […]

Read more

DES Southern – London Launch

DES have just celebrated an official office opening of our London Offices following major growth and success.The celebrations started on 12th July with a small ribbon-cutting event at our new London Offices at Cantilever Court. We would like to say a big thank you to Michael Simpson, Master Lightmonger from the Worshipful Company of Lightmongers and […]

Read more

DES Supply Chain Conference and Awards 2017

DES held their second Supply Chain Conference and Awards at The Village Hotel, Blackpool on Friday 23rd June. The event was to firstly to say a big ‘Thank You’ for all the support from our Supply Chain as we wouldn’t have got to where we are without them today. Secondly, it was a chance for […]

Read more

DES shortlisted for CIPS Supply Management Award

DES have been shortlisted in the Best Supplier Relationship Management category in the 2017 CIPS Supply Management Awards. DES and Willmott Dixon have been selected as one of the finalists for this years Chartered Institute of Purchasing Supply (CIPS) 2017 Supply Management Awards in the Best Supplier Relationship Management category. The nomination recognises the success […]

Read more

Started Work: Hoe Valley School and Leisure Centre

DES has started work on site at Hoe Valley School and Leisure Centre, Egley Road, Woking. The three-storey, state-of-the-art school will be a including break-out areas, science labs, school library and a separate learning resource centre to support students’ projects based work. The Leisure Centre will include two multi-use games areas as well as a fitness […]

Read more

Started Work: University of Greenwich, Dreadnought Building

We have recently started work at University of Greenwich, Dreadnought Building. The building will become a central student hub and go-to place for students, located at the heart of the campus. The student hub will offer exciting opportunity to create state-of-the art learning, teaching and social space and provide additional flexible accommodation for administrative uses, […]

Read more

Viewpoint for Field View

DES have started using Viewpoint for Field View across all Willmott Dixon sites. The tablet based application allows us to streamline disparate processes for all field data. The application captures field observations from anywhere on site helping to resolve issues more quickly, reduce risk and deliver higher quality products. Some of the elements of Field […]

Read more