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The Wates Group, established in 1897, is one of the leading privately-owned construction, development and property services businesses in the UK. We employ approximately 4,000 people and together, we inspire better ways of creating the places, communities and businesses of tomorrow.

At Wates, we are proud to be a family-owned business, small enough to recognise and support great talent, yet big enough to challenge and interest our people through amazing multi-million-pound projects. To us, construction is more than just building. Its also a chance for us to positively impact the communities where we work and thrive.

The Group generated turnover of £1.63bn in 2019. Wates was named Construction News Contractor of the Year in 2017; Building Magazines Major Contractor of the Year in 2016 and was awarded the Queens Award for Enterprise for Sustainable Development for the second time in 2016. Wates was the first large contractor ever to be awarded Business in the Community’s Community Mark. In 2017 Wates was named Organisation of the Year at the inaugural UK Social Mobility Awards. Wates is an Investors in People Gold accredited company.


KT22 7SW
United Kingdom

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  • 2019 was a successful year for the Wates Group, with strong financial results, new clients won, major landmark projects completed and more to support the communities in which we work.
  • This 10,703m² new build four-storey 10 FE 1,525-capacity secondary school, including an 25-place  Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Unit, was constructed on playing fields adjacent to the existing scho ...
  • Significant structural alterations were required to enable incorporation of 11 new lifts and the construction of a glazed link building between the Council House (5 levels) and Annex (7 levels). To ma ...
  • Competed in March 2019, the £22.3m flagship facility, designed to bring together education and industry, sits alongside the National Biologics Manufacturing Centre and the University’s Centre for Prof ...
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