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 to build £30m campus in Cumbria

Wates to build £30m Campus Whitehaven in CumbriaWates has been awarded the contract to build the new £30 million Campus Whitehaven project by Cumbria County Council.

The multi-million investment in the campus will come from a range of partners including The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Sellafield Ltd, Copeland Borough Council, Copeland Community Fund, and Cumbria County Council.

Wates will now be working to develop designs for the new campus with submission of a planning application anticipated in mid-December.

The campus proposal will include new facilities for St Benedict’s Catholic High School and Mayfield Special School and bring them together on the current St Benedict’s site.

Tony Shenton, Business Unit Director, Wates Construction North West, said: “The partners leading the development of Campus Whitehaven share a vision to create a state-of-the-art centre for learning and sport, and Wates’ extensive experience in education positions us as the ideal contracting partner to take this forward.

Wates’ growing presence in Cumbria has seen us launch a significant local economic benefits strategy to ensure that our work is a catalyst for the region’s economy.

As such, we will now be working with local supply chain partners and training providers to generate training and employment opportunities throughout the build programme.”

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.”

Sheffield homes to undergo £5.4m makeover

Sheffield properties to undergo £5.4m makeoverUp to 3,500 homes in Sheffield are to receive an external makeover following the appointment of Wates Living Space Maintenance by Sheffield City Council.

Wates Living Space Maintenance will now commence delivery of the £5.4 million refurbishment programme, which will see approximately 5,000 new doors and 2,000 new windows fitted to homes across the city.

The project will also see Wates Living Space Maintenance offer employment and training opportunities for local people and employ a locally based supply chain of suppliers and subcontractors, including social enterprises.

In addition, Wates has a dedicated community engagement team on site that will be working closely with residents.

These collaborative efforts form part of Wates’ commitment to create a legacy of social and economic benefits through its presence in the area.

Sheffield City Council is currently responsible for approximately 40,300 council homes across the city.

Councillor Jayne Dunn, cabinet member for housing at Sheffield City Council, said: “We’re investing in our council homes to make sure they are safe, secure and warm. We’re also making them more energy efficient to save people money as well as being better for the environment.

This work will be a boost for our homes and for the local area, as it will create local jobs and apprenticeship opportunities. I look forward to seeing the results which are part of our £300 million investment plans into council homes.”

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 set to build on £18m former Dudley Hospital site

Wates set to build on £18m former Dudley Hospital siteWates Living Space has started work on the £18 million site of the former Guest Hospital on Tipton Road in Dudley, where it is set to build 157 new homes in partnership with the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA).

Wates Living Space will create a combination of 127 new build homes and 30 refurbished properties, including restoration of the locally listed former porter’s lodge, which sits on the site and is under ownership of the HCA.

Designed by architect, Armstrong Burton, 118 homes will be sold on the open market and 39 will be available for rent through Dudley MBC, following completion in summer 2019.

In an effort to positively impact the area Wates Living Space has committed to employing local suppliers and contractors on the project whilst also creating employment and training opportunities for local people. 

Cllr Gaye Partridge, cabinet member for housing at Dudley Council, said: “This is an extremely welcome and exciting regeneration project. It will enable the provision of more affordable housing for our residents and bring an historic building back into use offering luxury apartments.

This development compliments the regeneration of the area offering a significant economic and social boost to the local community.”

Contract close reached on schools’ building programme

Contract close reached on school building schemeWates Construction and the Education Funding Agency (EFA) have reached contract close on the £16.7 million Eastbury School in Barking.

This is the second school in the Barking, Dagenham and Newham batch of the Priority School Building Programme (PSBP).

The project will comprise a new 420 capacity primary school with 26 nursery places and a 1,800-place secondary school that will replace the ageing accommodation.

Designed by CPMG, the new buildings will feature state-of-the art classrooms, with the secondary school also including modern science laboratories. Following completion, some of the former school buildings will be demolished and replaced with landscaped grounds and new sports facilities.

Hand over and occupation of the primary school is due for September 2016 and for the secondary school early 2017.

The schools have been designed utilising Wates’ Adapt Schools Solutions model, a standardised solution that facilitates the time and cost efficient delivery of new school buildings.

The Eastbury contract forms part of the EFA’s Barking, Dagenham and Newham batch being delivered through the PSBP, which also includes Little Ilford School in Newham and Eastbrook School in Dagenham.

Ian Vickers, Regional Managing Director for Wates Construction, Home Counties & the East, said: “We’re delighted to once again be utilising our experience to deliver a further school in partnership with the EFA.

We’ve worked closely with the EFA to create a cost efficient and inspiring learning environment for staff and pupils to utilise as a platform for success for many years to come.”

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.”

Wates secures work on £76m Greenwich Peninsula scheme

Wates secures work on £76m Greenwich PeninsulaWates Construction has been appointed to deliver a £76 million apartment scheme at Greenwich Peninsula on behalf of Knight Dragon.

The building, designed by architects Pilbrow & Partners, will comprise a 32-storey tower with a seven-storey podium at its base containing 269 private and affordable social apartments. It is due for completion in spring 2017.

Located on plot 104, the new apartments form part of phase two of a major programme of works to deliver 10,000 new residential units on the Greenwich Peninsula – one of the largest regeneration schemes in Europe.

The appointment sees Wates build on its role in the ambitious development, which currently includes plots 114 and 115 – 201 and 144 apartments respectively. Wates also reached completion of the Greenwich Peninsula marketing hub in September 2014.

Mark Tant, Managing Director, Wates Construction, London Residential, said: “We’re pleased to announce our appointment to this latest stage of construction work on the Greenwich Peninsula and our continued partnership with developer, Knight Dragon.

This contract marks another milestone reached in this ambitious regeneration scheme and demonstrates our ability to deliver large-scale high-rise residential projects that add to the changing landscape of the capital.”

Richard Margree, Chief Executive of Knight Dragon, added: “This is a vital site for London to provide homes for people who want to live and work in the capital. Knight Dragon has invested £500m so far and is committed to delivering a vibrant and viable development.

We already have 1,300 homes under construction, with 500 to be completed in the next few months.”