Tower blocks contractor changes name as improvement works progress

Published: Thursday, 12th January 2017

Willmott Dixon Energy Services Limited, the City Council’s contractor on the £20 million tower blocks refurbishment project, has changed its name to Fortem with effect from 3 January 2017. 

The re-branding will see the hoardings at all five tower blocks across the city changed to reflect the company’s new identity. However, the name change does not affect residents of the tower blocks in any way and the planned works will continue as normal. Site teams and contacts at each of the tower blocks will also remain unchanged.

Fortem has been working on the refurbishment project for the past one year and has in that time made significant contributions to the local community. The company has employed 14 site staff, three electrical apprentices, two labourers, two work experience candidates and one customer and community officer.

In addition, it has also participated in job fairs, given health and safety talks to local primary schools and advised residents of the tower blocks on energy efficiency and how to change their tariffs.

Meanwhile, repair works at Evenlode and Windrush towers in Blackbird Leys and Hockmore tower in Cowley have reached advanced stages. Brightly coloured cladding on the outside of the buildings has begun to transform the look of the tower blocks on the Oxford skyline. 

Site set up is also continuing at Foresters in Wood Farm and Plowman in Northway, with mast climbers and scaffold platforms being installed at both sites over the course of January. 

Detailed updates on the work programme are available on our website.

Mick Williamson, Fortem’s Managing Director, said: “Rebranding to Fortem will create a fresh, modern identity that better positions the company to grow its specialist services in existing and new markets. We will continue to focus on ensuring we support our existing clients in delivering the best service possible whilst the new name will embody our commitment to keep evolving as a successful business. 

“While we remain a proud part of Willmott Dixon, our ambitions for growth mean that now is the right time to create a joint business and standalone brand that is associated as a leader in property maintenance and energy improvement across all Service sectors. Fortem reflects these aspirations by heralding a new era for our business as we continue to invest in ensuring we are ‘best in class’ for our existing customers, while giving us flexibility to plan ahead for expansion with new customers.

Fortem is a Latin word for being strong and prudent, underlining Willmott Dixon Energy Services and Partnerships’ existing brand values of trust, reliability, professionalism and leaving a positive legacy in the communities where we operate.”

Councillor Mike Rowley, Board Member for Housing, said: “We welcome the positive contributions that Fortem are making in our communities, including the employment of local workers and apprentices. The repairs to the tower blocks are proceeding smoothly and I am happy that residents are closer to enjoying the benefits of living in newly transformed, energy efficient homes.”