Wates Group

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Wates Group
Private company
Industry Engineering / Construction
Founded 1897
Headquarters Leatherhead, Surrey
Revenue £931 million (2013)[1]
£23.1 million (2013)[1]
£16.2 million (2013)[1]
Number of employees
2,074 (2013)
Website www.wates.co.uk

The Wates Group is one of the UK’s largest family-owned construction services and development companies.


Established by Edward Wates in 1897, the Company expanded into speculative housebuilding and general contracting in the 1920s and 1930s.[2] During World War II it was involved in building the Mulberry harbours.[2] It won the Building magazine Major Contractor of the Year award in both 2009 and 2010.[3]


The group is split into five business units: Construction, Living Space, Interiors & Retail, Developments and Needspace?. There is also Wates Giving, a charitable foundation which has given away over £6.8m since 2008.[4] Wates works across a range of sectors including education, public sector frameworks (BSF, Ministry of Justice Home Office), affordable housing, retail fit out and refurbishment, office interiors, land development and commercial buildings. Wates runs Building Futures, an education programme for the long-term unemployed. It is accredited by the Assessment and Qualifications Alliance.[5]

Major projects[edit]

Major projects include:

  • RAF Keevil, completed 1941[6]
  • Woolwich Civic Centre, Completed 2011[7]
  • Inspire: Luton Sports Village, completed 2012[8]
  • Doncaster Civic Hall, completed 2012 (CIOB Project of the Year)[9]
  • Kirklees Affordable Homes PFI, completed 2014[10]


  1. ^ a b c "Annual Report 2013". Wates. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "history". wates.co.uk. Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Wates wins Major Contractor of the Year Double". Wates. April 28, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Wates Giving". Wates. Retrieved October 21, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Successful Community Engagement: Building Futures". RegenWM. Retrieved July 16, 2010. 
  6. ^ Wiltshire History
  7. ^ Woolwich Civic Offices
  8. ^ Graeme Kent. "Inspire:Luton Sports Village... Lutons most exciting development in 30 years". activeluton.co.uk. Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  9. ^ "Silence is Golden at Doncaster Civic Centre - Accordial". accordial.co.uk. Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  10. ^ "Wates Living Space is to build 466 new affordable homes under a PFI deal with Kirklees Council". Construction index. 22 December 2011. Retrieved 7 December 2015.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

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