The Wates Group

The Wates Group is the UK’s leading family-owned construction, residential development, and property services business. We employ around 3,700 people and work across the UK with our public and private sector partners to inspire better ways of creating the places, communities, and businesses of tomorrow.

Wates is a partner on 78% of the UK’s leading central and local government frameworks, including national frameworks for the Crown Commercial Services, the Department for Education (DfE); Homes England; the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and the Ministry of Defence (MoD). Our areas of work cover building thousands of high-quality homes in partnership with local authorities, scores of new schools for the DfE and the provision of prison buildings for the Ministry of Justice.

We are helping to tackle the UK’s housing shortage, supporting the public sector to ‘build back better’ and investing in modern methods of construction that will enable us to meet our customers’ needs in the future.

We are committed to eliminating carbon from our operations by 2025 and investing in technology to improve quality and efficiency. This commitment extends to helping our customers such as local authorities and housing associations to meet challenging zero carbon requirements in social housing, as well as building the DfE’s first Net Zero Carbon by operation schools. Our goal in delivering these projects continues to be supporting local companies and communities.

We are a force for good, creating places and communities in which people can thrive. Our financial resilience and long-term perspective enable us to deliver lasting legacies for every community in which we work, whether it is actively engaging 11,000 young people in skills, training, and work experience opportunities or spending £7.6 million with social enterprises in 2020, surpassing our five-year target of £20 million 12 months early.

We invest in our people and their development. Our industry-leading health and safety record, economic stability and open, progressive approach create a wonderful environment in which all our colleagues and our teams can thrive. We are fulfilling our ambition to be a truly inclusive employer and are committed to doubling the proportion of women at all levels of our business and to becoming more diverse.

Ultimately, we are committed to our goal of becoming the most sustainable, trusted and progressive business in the sector.

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