Wates starts work on Hoxton towers

wates-starts-work-on-hoxton-towersWates Construction has signed a £70.9 million contract to build Anthology’s new Hoxton Press residential development.

The Hackney project will see Wates create two towers of 20 and 16 storeys, comprising 198 one and two-bedroom apartments and three-bedroom penthouses for private sale.

Designed by Karakusevic Carson Architects and David Chipperfield Architects, the new development will include a single storey basement car park, ancillary services and a ground-floor café in one of the towers.

The new development, which will overlook Shoreditch Park and Regents Canal, forms part of the ongoing regeneration of Hackney Council’s Colville Estate in Hoxton, which will also help fund investment in new council homes for social rent and shared ownership.

Building work has now commenced at Anthology Hoxton Press and completion of the two towers, Mono and Duo, is expected by summer 2018.

David Newey, Project Director for Anthology Hoxton Press said: “We are thrilled to be working in collaboration with Wates on the exciting regeneration of the Colville Estate. At Anthology, we put community into the heart of everything we do and with Wates’ support at Hoxton Press, we will be providing a community café for all local residents to enjoy.

Hoxton is cemented as a key London destination for buyers, renters and tourists alike. By working with Wates, we are able to bring our vision to life with a development that sits in the heart of Hackney and has good travel connections, markets, shops and design studios just a stone’s throw away. Anthology will continue to work closely with Wates to deliver homes that provide the community with a location for creativity to flourish.”

Wates reaches financial close on £63.5m job

Wates reaches financial close on £63.5m jobWates Construction has signed a contract to deliver a new multi-million pound state-of-the-art food and health research centre at Norwich Research Park, marking a significant step in the business’ growth in East Anglia.

The £63.5 million construction element of this project will see Wates build a new five-storey development that will bring together research teams from the Institute of Food Research (IFR), the University of East Anglia and Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Designed by architects, NBBJ, the scheme will comprise a variety of specialist laboratories, lecture theatres and offices. Photovoltaic panels and ground source heat pumps have been incorporated into the building design to enhance energy efficiency.

The work adds to Wates’ growing East Anglia project portfolio and extends the business’ presence in the region’s science and research sector. Current projects also include the University of Cambridge’s North West Cambridge Development.

Wates has made a commitment to create opportunities for on-site industry skills training throughout the work, which is expected to include apprenticeship positions and partnership working with Norwich-based schools and colleges.

Ian Vickers, Managing Director at Wates Construction, said: “This project is undoubtedly significant for the development of science but it is also set to be an incredible catalyst for the region in terms of creating opportunities for local people.

At peak periods our site team will stand at 350 and this, along with our investment in skills training and our engagement with a local supply chain, will further contribute to the local economic benefit of this fantastic scheme.”

Wates grabs Birmingham residential scheme

Wates grabs Birmingham residential schemeWates Construction has signed a £20.2 million contract to build Regal Ltd’s brand new Left Bank residential tower, broadening the contractor’s Birmingham-based project pipeline.

Work is expected to commence this month and will see Wates create a new 22-storey building, which will comprise 189 high-quality apartments, as well as ground floor retail space and public realm.

The appointment closely follows Wates’ selection to deliver Ardstone Capital’s new speculative Grade A office development at Phoenix House on Newhall Street where building work is expected to complete by the end of the year.

Designed by Glancy Nicholls Architects, the new 11,905 sq m Left Bank development on Broad Street is expected to reach completion by summer 2018.

The scheme adds to Wates’ portfolio of projects across Birmingham, which has recently included the development of Eastside City Park and the fit out of Gowling WLG’s new premises at Two Snowhill.

Phil Harrison, Managing Director, Wates Construction Midlands and North said: “The scale of investment that Birmingham is currently experiencing is an indicator of ever-growing developer confidence and it demonstrates the city’s integral contributions to the strength of both the regional and national economies.”

Wates framework brings employment boost to the Midlands

Wates framework brings employment boost to the MidlandsWates Construction is using its role on the East Midlands Property Alliance framework to boost prospects for job seekers and help the building trades.

In the two years since its appointment to the framework, Wates has engaged a total of 5,215 pupils and students across the region to encourage young talent into the sector, as well as over 250 individuals at careers fairs.

The news comes as the UK Commission for Employment and Skills reports that the East Midlands is currently facing the largest skills gap in the United Kingdom, which stands at 16 per cent of the regional workforce lacking the skills required for their role.

Wates’ presence in the region has included the transformation of Dakeyne Street and the construction of Heathfield Primary School, which join the portfolio of empa projects where 95.7 per cent of sub-contractors appointed have been SMEs.

Work in the region has also seen the contractor provide 1,097 training days in health and safety, professional development and sustainability, as well as 253 days worth of on-site skills training.

In addition, a host of professional and academic qualifications have been awarded to apprentices and employees at Wates, including nine NVQs and three degrees.

Regional business manager, Paul Windle at empa, said: “In 2015 alone, Wates and its partners helped secure almost 250 construction jobs in the industry, through the academy alone.

I would like to thank them for their continued commitment to the scheme which will help see more talented workers pursue a career in construction over the next few years.”

Wates extends southern foothold with Farnborough International expansion

Wates extends southern foothold with Farnborough International expansionWates Construction has been appointed to deliver the Farnborough International venue in Hampshire, adding to its growing project portfolio in the south.

Awarded a contract valued at approximately £30 million, Wates has been tasked with building the new Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre at the historic home of the Farnborough International Airshow.

Building work is expected to commence in September and will see the creation of a new state-of-the-art double-height exhibition hall alongside function and meeting rooms.

Designed by architects, Terence O’Rourke, the development will comprise a 12,500 sq m. exhibition hall to support Farnborough International’s expansion.

The scheme will also include multi-purpose function rooms and restaurants, taking the entire new facility to 20,000 sq m of event space.

The new development has been part-funded by the Local Enterprise Partnership, Enterprise M3, Hampshire County Council, Rushmoor Borough Council and Barclays. Completion is expected to be reached by early 2018.

Michael Watton, Venue Director for Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre, said: “The new exhibition and conference centre is an extremely important project for Farnborough International and is a marker of our ongoing growth and long-standing reputation for national and international events and conferences.

We look forward to the start of construction and to working in partnership with Wates to deliver this excellent scheme.”

Peter Whitmore, Business Unit Director, said: “Wates’ southern project portfolio has grown extensively in size and diversity over the course of the past few years and our role in the expansion of Farnborough International’s estate is a mark of the extensive expertise our team continues to build.”

Stockport’s transformation gets underway

Stockport’s transformation gets underwayWates Construction has begun building work with a ground breaking ceremony on Stockport Council’s major £1 billion investment programme that will create new jobs.

Eamonn Boylan, Chief Executive of Stockport Council, joined Wates and Keith Pullinger from The Light Cinema on site to mark the start of construction work, which is also set to create extensive training and employment opportunities for local people.

Also forming part of the scheme will be Pizza Express and Zizzi restaurants, which the Council announced as its flagship restaurant tenants in March this year.

The new development forms a significant part of Stockport Council’s ‘Investing in Stockport’ programme, which is taking place across the town centre and the borough, fulfilling a vision to further enhance its appeal as a thriving place to live, work and visit.

Throughout the project, Wates and Stockport Council have made a joint pledge to ensure that local SMEs are engaged in the build and that on-site training and employment opportunities are created.

Eamonn Boylan, Chief Executive at Stockport Council said: “I am thrilled that we have reached this landmark stage on Redrock Stockport, and that our vision of transforming this area of the town centre is becoming a reality.”

Tony Shenton, Business Unit Director for Wates Construction, North West, said: “There is an anticipation growing for Redrock Stockport and for good reason; it is going to become a great asset for the town, the economic benefits of which will keep on building.

As with all of our projects, employing a local supply chain will be a key part of our delivery of Redrock Stockport, as will our ongoing engagement with and support of neighbouring businesses.”

Final phase of Berkshire retirement homes underway

Wates ConstructionLuxury retirement property developer, Audley, has appointed Wates Construction to head up the delivery of a £10 million retirement village in Kintbury, Berkshire.

With building work immediately underway, the project forms the third and final phase of homes to be built at the 39-acre Inglewood retirement village and will see Wates build 24 apartments and nine cottages.

Designed by Gaunt Francis Architects, the new scheme will be constructed adjacent to the two phases already complete at the village.

These comprise developments of 32 and 27 apartments and communal facilities, including a bar, restaurant, lounge, library and luxury health club.

The latest Wates project bolsters the contractor’s expertise in the retirement living sector, which also includes the company’s appointment to Audley’s Chalfont Dene development in Buckinghamshire.

Peter Whitmore, Business Unit Director for Wates Construction, said: “Our appointment to Audley Inglewood marks our continued partnership with Audley and is a reflection of Wates’ far-reaching expertise in the delivery of retirement living projects.

When building a retirement facility, we continuously place our client and their owners’ needs at the heart of our approach. A fantastic team has been put in place to ensure that we not only achieve this, but also meet our client’s aspirations to create a unique development that surpasses the quality that owners have come to expect.”

Wates Construction starts work on £26m Walton High campus

Wates Construction starts work on £26m Walton High campusConstruction work is set to start on a £26 million Walton High Brooklands Campus which is due to create hundreds of new school places in the autumn of 2016.

The project by Milton Keynes Council is an expansion of Walton High academy to provide 1200 secondary and up to 400 Post-16 places for Brooklands and Broughton Gate.

The three storey building is being built by Wates Construction on a 9.36 hectares site and the grounds include sports pitches and fenced and floodlit multi-use games area and all weather pitch.

The first 270 students (90 in each of years 7, 8 and 9) will be able to attend the new Walton High Brooklands Campus in the autumn of 2016.

Cllr Norman Miles, cabinet member responsible for Children and School Improvement, said: “The building of this campus is part of our wider aim to provide an extra 10,000 places across the borough by 2018.

This build is part of the council’s ambitious £160 million programme which will see the creation of seven brand new schools and the expansion of 12 more by 2018, cementing the borough’s reputation as one of the leading school builders in the country.”

Ian Vickers, Regional Managing Director for Wates Construction, said: “The start of construction at Walton High Brooklands Campus is a huge step forward in Milton Keynes Council’s ambitious investment in the town’s schools and marks a significant milestone in the creation of what is set to become a first class educational environment.”

Sub-contractors sought for £27m Malvern scheme

Wates ConstructionSub-contractors across the three counties of Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire are being sought to become part of a supply chain that will see the building of a new retirement village in Malvern.

Wates Construction, delivering the project on behalf of Audley retirement villages, is set to host a ‘Meet the Buyer’ event, giving local businesses the chance to tender for the £27 million project.

Richard Scarrott, Business Unit Director, Wates Construction Midlands, said: “Together with Audley, we are cementing our commitment to ensuring local subcontractors are involved in the delivery of this fantastic new retirement development in Malvern.

We anticipate a good turnout and look forward to engaging with local businesses to ensure they maximise this opportunity. The event will ensure that an economic boost is delivered across the region, bringing with it renewed prospects for training and employment.”

The event will be taking place on Thursday 1 October between 8.30am – 4.00pm at the Hilton Puckrup Hall in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire.

The new village will be constructed on landscaped parkland at the former site of Hillstone School on Abbey Road and will comprise the development of around 90 apartments.

Local sub-contractors will tender for the project, which also includes the refurbishment of two Victorian buildings: Ellerslie House will boast a luxury health facility called Audley Club, whilst Ellerslie Lodge will be renovated for residential purposes.

Wates gets £23.8m East London school job

Wates gets £23.8m East London school jobWates Construction has been given a £22.8 million school contract in Newham as part of the Priority Schools Building Programme (PSBP).

The Education Funding Agency (EFA) and Wates reached financial close on the Little Ilford School in Newham.

With construction now underway, the new build project will comprise a 10,703 sq m. four-storey secondary education facility that will see the school increase its capacity from 1,350 to 1,525 for students aged 11 to 16 years.

Designed by CPMG, the new building will incorporate a sports hall extension and a multi-use facilities.The new school has been designed utilising Wates’ Adapt Schools Solutions model, a standardised solution that facilitates the time and cost efficient delivery of new school buildings.

The Little Ilford contract forms part of the EFA’s £78 million batch of schools being delivered in Barking, Dagenham and Newham under the PSBP, which also includes Eastbrook School in Dagenham and Eastbury School in Barking. Wates was appointed to deliver the batch in January this year.

Since the EFA’s launch of the capitally funded PSBP, Wates has been appointed as main contractor to deliver over £100 million of new and refurbished school buildings on behalf of the EFA. These include schools in Coventry, the North West and East of England.

Ian Vickers, Managing Director for Wates Construction, Home Counties, said: “This project will once again showcase our commitment to delivering high quality educational facilities under the Priority Schools Building Programme.”