John Lewis Reading: Phase II - Live Site


On site in June:

  • Diverted 99.80% of project waste from landfill
  • Achieved 91.12% in the Santia H&S audit on 28th June
  • Reported 423 near misses
  • Handed over phase 4 – fitted kitchens on the basement floor
  • Completed phase 4a – cookshop on the basement floor
  • Finished works to phases 5 and 6 – travel, baby and sports
  • Achieved phased completion on phase 4 – furniture on the second floor
  • Completed our community project with Launchpad Reading – a supported housing development for the vulnerable and disadvantaged
  • Have handed over 20/48 phases to the branch to date
  • Rewarded the best Near Miss reporter in June with a £50 John Lewis voucher
  • Started the window replacement works to Minster Street


On site in May:

  • Over 113 tonnes of material on site has been recycled, that’s 99.85%!
  • 434 Near Misses have been reported, the majority of which are housekeeping issues, helping to keep the site safe and accident free
  • We’ve completed Phase 3 – China and Glass on basement floor, Phase 4 – Gifts on ground floor, Phase 2 – Toys on first floor and Phase 3 – Floor coverings on second floor
  • Achieved 37/ 40 in the considerate constructors scheme audit

On the 23rd June we took part in Wates annual community day with Launchpad Reading, more details coming soon…


We are currently undertaking the second phase of works at John Lewis Reading to refurbish the entire internal part of the store. Progress to date is rapid with:

  • More than 2500 man hours worked
  • Our first 6 phases completed
  • More than 200 operatives inducted
  • 99.9% of project waste from landfill Recycled and diverted
  • The basement sprinkler system refurbished
  • A Wates inter-account safety day to discuss H&S and Near Miss reporting trends/statistics organised
  • In excess of 900 new ceramic tiles laid
  • More than 1100 new ceiling tiles installed
  • More than 500 new light fittings installed
  • Sales in women’s wear rising by around 45% upon completed this phase (Y-o-Y)
  • Approximately 1100m of hoarding erected
  • Partners engaging with and supporting our Near Miss reporting initiative


This project is enrolled in the Considerate Contractors Scheme (CCS), the first inspection for this is due mid May. The team have been making every effort to attain a high score including

  • Completing a ‘no smoking day’ on 29th April
  • Arranging for a social enterprise to PAT test site electrical items
  • Encouraging and implementing a car share scheme
  • Promoting the use of public transport
  • Employing local labour
Paul Danks
Business Development Manager
call now on 01925 791 100