- why wates?
- our businesses
- project stories
- thought leadership
Wates’ approach to innovation is focused around three key areas:
- Using innovative technologies to improve the performance of the buildings we deliver
- Evaluating the processes used in the construction process and engineering them to work better for our customers
- Leading the industry to improve its standards in terms of training, the environment and levels of performance
Our in-house design teams, pre-construction experts and sustainability managers work together to evaluate new technologies and ideas as they come onto the market, and by ensuring the design and construction teams work closely together, we are able to maximise opportunities to innovate successfully.
Wates Retail delivered the first green M&S store, which achieved 20-25% energy consumption saving, 80% of materials from re-model recycled and a reduction in the carbon footprint of the store.
Wates Construction won a CIOB innovation award for our modular 60 bed prison house block as part of the Ministry of Justice Framework. We are currently building a rapid build prison in Huntingdon, £65m in 43 weeks on site. This will be the fastest prison build ever in the UK.
Wates Interiors’ in-house commissioning service is unique and ensures that the building fit out works from day 1 and that we take full responsibility for this.
Wates Living Space established the first accredited RLO training scheme in conjunction with the Chartered Institute of Housing and Construction Skills.
Our commitments to 100% on time and on budget delivery, Target Zero and investment in our Building Futures skills training programme are industry leading. As a privately-owned company we have a long term view of the industry and believe in committing time and effort to improve the way we impact the environments in which we work.
The objective of our Operational Excellence (OpEx) team is to spread best practice across business units. They aim to deliver efficiency ideas year on year, ensuring waste is reduced and cost-savings are found.
Wates' waste programme, Target Zero, is focused on diverting waste from landfill and increasing the efficiency of materials. We are working with our supply chain partners with the aim of reducing non-hazardous waste going to landfill to zero by 2010.