Major Works | UK
Project value: £10m-£50m
Wates Group is one of the largest privately-owned construction, development and property services companies in the UK, winners of Building’s ‘Major Contractor of the Year’ and recipient in 2016 of Queen's Award for Enterprise: Sustainable Development, for the second time in our history.
Established in 1897, and now in the fourth generation of family ownership, Wates’ family shareholders are committed to the future of the business, growing the Wates Group in a sustainable way over the long term, with a view to handing over to the next generation.
Supporting community investment
Wates is one of just 50 companies to hold the BiTC Community Mark - the UK’s only national standard for community investment - being reaccredited in 2016 with a 94% BiTC CSR index score. In 2016, we employed almost 100 apprentices and supported over 1000 young people through our award-winning Building Futures programme.
Commitment to Social Enterprise
Wates employs around 4,000 people and works with more than 10,000 supply-chain operatives and SME partners to successfully deliver our projects throughout the UK. In 2016, we launched the industry’s first national Social Enterprise (SE) brokerage in partnership with SEUK and were Highly Commended in the Buy Social Market Builder Awards. In 2016, 74% of our sites employed a Social Enterprise (SE) and we spent a total of £2.13m with the SE sector.
The Wates difference
At Wates, we provide a full project management service, taking care of everything from the original development of your project brief, through initial planning, to design and construction and a full service handover. We have a proven track record in core public sector markets: education, custody, heritage, civic offices, leisure, defence, housing and industrial.
With access to the latest academic thinking and in-house research and development networks, we find the most innovative and creative ways to deliver outstanding buildings. Our innovative Adapt School Solution has delivered more than 40 schools across the UK, bringing clients huge benefits in time, cost and quality.
Our delivery partner
McLaughlin & Harvey (McL&H) has been selected by Wates as its Scape approved delivery partner in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
For more than 160 years McL&H has combined traditional values with innovation. With offices in Belfast, Glasgow and Edinburgh, McL&H operates throughout Scotland and Northern Ireland, in sectors including healthcare, education, industrial, retail, sports, transport, marine, energy and leisure.
Creating a positive impact on the communities and environments in which they work is embedded in their way of doing business, along with building collaborative relationships and adopting a partnership approach to the way they engage with all clients.
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