Offsite
Manufacturing

Using offsite manufacturing we can improve productivity, efficiency and safety in construction

Improving productivity, efficiency and quality.

Prism is our award-winning offsite manufacturing facility in Coventry. Here we realise the benefits of prefabrication, modularisation, offsite construction and integrated build solutions across a wide range of industry sectors. 

Our offsite capability allows us to deliver projects faster, more safely and to a higher standard. As an integrated part of our business, Prism is key to delivering the offsite manufacturing strategy for all our Mechanical and electrical solutions.

£3bn

delivering projects via the Government’s £3bn procurement framework

50

new schools built using modern methods of construction (MMC)

Sustainable, offsite manufacturing at our purpose built facility

MMC AND OUR NET ZERO JOURNEY

The benefits

Our investment in offsite manufacturing through our dedicated Prism facility in Coventry, demonstrates our long-term commitment to MMC. 

Sustainability, energy performance and environmental impact are more important than ever as we seek to become a net zero organisation. MMC offers faster construction, predictable delivery timescales, fewer defects, consistent quality and less energy use and waste. It also helps with whole-life carbon reduction.

We can create mechanical, electrical and plumbing assemblies as well as complex architectural designs offsite

Technical solutions to complex challenges

Recent advances in manufacturing mean we can now prefabricate and preassemble 80% of all mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) products offsite, as well as building components.

Examples include

  • Curved modular solutions for more challenging architectural buildings 
  • MEP multi-serviced low or high-level modules 
  • Packaged plantroom solutions 
  • Plant skids 
  • Prefabricated risers 
  • Service riser/utility cupboard solutions
Using innovative offsite manufacturing techniques on our private sector projects

Award winning MMC

Our work on the Lostock Sustainable Energy Plant in Cheshire, a project where MMC techniques as well as virtual reality were employed, was a recent recipient of the MMC Award at the Northwest Construction Awards.

The project was built entirely offsite, delivering a low carbon footprint and saving 19,000 working hours compared to more traditional construction methods. We also recruited local labour, through an offsite hub ten miles from the site. 

Using innovative offsite manufacturing techniques on our private sector projects
Offsite modular housing construction used on a development in Cardiff

MMC in housebuilding

MMC is being increasingly used in housebuilding, where offsite and modular manufacturing is maximising both material and human resources and dramatically reducing the duration of projects.

Read more about our use of MMC on our modular housebuilding project in Cardiff.

Offsite modular housing construction used on a development in Cardiff
Award winning offsite electrical and mechanical engineering

Awards and accreditations

  • Winners at the Offsite Awards five years in succession  
  • BSi accredited to international environmental standard ISO 14001:2015 
  • Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody Certification for all timber used in our products. 

CAREERS IN CONSTRUCTION

Want to be part of our team?

Assistant Quantity Surveyor

Location: Market Harborough

Job Type: Commercial

Application Deadline: 07-03-2024

Wates are looking for an Assistant Quantity Surveyor to join our Major Projects Team in the Leicestershire region focussing on high profile, technically complex projects across multiple sectors.If you are passionate about the commercial aspects of Construction and are looking for an opportunity to challenge the norm, bring fresh new ideas and elevate yourself within the industry then join us and help to create tomorrow together.This is a great opportunity to progress your career as part of a talented, diverse, and supportive team.ABOUT THE ROLEOur Assistant Quantity Surveyors are a valuable part of our business, providing support to the Quantity Surveyors in the development and implementation of all pre and post contract strategies, commercial functions and contract reporting. Assistant Quantity Surveyors work collaboratively with our customers and industry specialists with a firm focus on added value, compliance, commercial viability, and best practice.As our Assistant Quantity Surveyor you will be involved in:· Procurement of materials, equipment and subcontract works – undertaking commercial assessment of quotes received and ensure the timely placement of orders to facilitate project delivery and ensure business objectives are met.· Commercial management of smaller sub-contract packages, ensuring all contractual processes are completed on time including measurement and valuation of sub-contract applications.· Complete agreed record keeping in relation to the project, whilst monitoring and handling payments in relation to plant, materials and labour.WHAT WE OFFER· Competitive salary & profit share scheme· Flexible working· Car Allowance / Company Car (subject to Role/Grade)· Travel covered to any of our sites (subject to HMRC advisory rates)· Extensive corporate benefits including, Private Medical, Pension 8% employers’ contribution, Health and Wellness programme, 26 days holidays + bank holidays and much more…· Excellent range of learning and development activity to support your career progression.· Industry leading family leave benefits to included 26 weeks fully paid maternity, 8 weeks fully paid paternity. To find out more about LIFE AT WATES please click on the following link https://www.wates.co.uk/careers/We are always looking for a variety of new talent to join our teams, to help us grow and innovate as a business. Although you may not have all of the skills listed, many of them may be transferable to other roles within the WATES Group.If you would like clarity on any of our vacancies, discuss career opportunities in strict confidence or need anything to make our recruitment process easier, please contact our In-House Recruitment Team directly or via recruitment@wates.co.uk and one of us will get in touch as soon as possible.As a responsible and inclusive employer, we are committed to equality and are proud to have been recognised for this through a range of accolades including gold accreditation with Investors in People, we are also a Disability Confident employer. Being a family owned, business means we understand and value long term relationships.

Project Manager

Location: Bexhill-On-Sea

Job Type: Operational

Application Deadline: 14-03-2024

Wates are looking for a Project Manager to join our construction team in Bexhill on Sea.If you are Project Manager with proven technical skills looking for an opportunity to challenge the norm, bring fresh new ideas and elevate yourself within the industry then join us and help to create tomorrow together.This is a great opportunity to progress your career as part of a talented, diverse, and supportive team.ABOUT THE ROLEOur Project Managers are a valuable part of our business, the focus of this role will be to provide visible leadership, insight, direction and foresight in the safe and profitable delivery of schemes, while also providing excellent customer satisfaction and successfully develop a team.As our Project Manager you will: Develop, control, and ensure delivery against the project budgets including profit, preliminaries and procurements. Implement detailed programmes and schedules which allow accurate monitoring and reporting of progress Secure and manage the appropriate resources to deliver the project / scheme effectively and efficiently in a professional manner to ensure successful delivery within project constraints. Implement and manage the development of the Project Quality Plan, Trade Quality Plans, and Defect rectification procedures Ensure there is a successful and smooth handover of the project, including support to customer/ end user throughout the handover process.WHAT WE OFFER Competitive salary & profit share scheme Flexible working  Car Allowance / Company Car (subject to Role/Grade)  Travel covered to any of our sites (subject to HMRC advisory rates)  Extensive corporate benefits including, Private Medical, Pension 8% employers’ contribution, Health and Wellness programme, 26 days holidays + bank holidays and much more… Excellent range of learning and development activity to support your career progression Industry leading family leave benefits to included 26 weeks fully paid maternity, 8 weeks fully paid paternity.  To find out more about LIFE AT WATES please click on the following link https://www.wates.co.uk/careers/

Quantity Surveyor

Location: Norwich

Job Type: Operational

Application Deadline: 14-03-2024

Wates are looking for a Quantity Surveyor to join our Construction team in Norfolk, focussing on high profile, technically complex projects across multiple sectors. If you are passionate about the commercial aspects of Construction and are looking for an opportunity to challenge the norm, bring fresh new ideas and elevate yourself within the industry then join us and help to create tomorrow together. This is a great opportunity to progress your career as part of a talented, diverse, and supportive team. ABOUT THE ROLE Our Quantity Surveyors are a valuable part of our business, where they take ownership for the development and implementation of all pre and post contract strategies, commercial functions and contract reporting.  Quantity Surveyors will have full accountability for their own work packages or projects and continue to work collaboratively with our customers and industry specialists with a firm focus on added value, compliance, commercial viability, and best practice. As our Quantity Surveyor you will: Contribute to the project commercial strategies and take ownership for your own subcontract packages, whilst demonstrating an understanding of the implementation of internal and external tender strategies  Maximise project cashflow by effective management of subcontract packages Contribute to relevant project procurement strategies with particular focus on the issuing of tender enquiries, package reconciliations and production of subcontract orders, whilst working with the Commercial Lead to agree main and subcontract final accounts. WHAT WE OFFER Competitive salary & bonus Flexible working Car Allowance / Company Car (subject to Role/Grade) Travel covered to any of our sites (subject to HMRC advisory rates) Extensive corporate benefits including, Private Medical, Pension 8% employers’ contribution, Health and Wellness programme, 26 days holidays + bank holidays and much more… One of the best learning and development programmes which is customizable to support your career progression goals. (c.7000 training sessions delivered year to date across the WATES Group) Industry leading family leave benefits to included 26 weeks fully paid maternity, 8 weeks fully paid paternity. To find out more about LIFE AT WATES please click on the following link https://www.wates.co.uk/careers/ We are always looking for a variety of new talent to join our teams, to help us grow and innovate as a business. Although you may not have all of the skills listed, many of them may be transferable to other roles within the WATES Group. If you would like clarity on any of our vacancies, discuss career opportunities in strict confidence or need anything to make our recruitment process easier, please contact our In-House Recruitment Team directly or via recruitment@wates.co.uk and one of us will get in touch as soon as possible. As a responsible and inclusive employer, we are committed to equality and are proud to have been recognised for this through a range of accolades including gold accreditation with Investors in People, we are also a Disability Confident employer. Being a family owned, business means we understand and value long term relationships.

Senior Design Manager

Location: Milton Keynes

Job Type: Design

Application Deadline: 14-03-2024

Wates are looking for a Senior Design Manager to join our Northern Home Counties team focussing on high profile, technically complex projects across multiple sectors. If you are passionate about design, working within a team environment and with proven technical skills are looking for an opportunity to challenge the norm, bring fresh new ideas and elevate yourself within the industry then join us and help to create tomorrow together. This is a great opportunity to progress your career as part of a talented, diverse, and supportive team. ABOUT THE ROLE Our Senior Design Managers are a valuable part of our business, driving quality outcomes, enhancing buildability and fostering innovation. Senior Design Managers work collaboratively with our customers and industry specialists to ensure that the design develops in accordance with the brief with a firm focus on added value, compliance, commercial viability, and best practice. As our Senior Design Manager, you will: Review the current design of all projects and undertake detailed risk and opportunities appraisal to mitigating risk, enhance buildability and add value prior to construction phase In collaboration with the project team, Lead Designer and Consultant Team, produce and manage a realistic design programme and information required schedule, to satisfy design, procurement, and construction requirements. Work closely with the Commercial and Operations Teams to ensure all design deliverables are fully coordinated, buildable and within budget. Contribute to technical workshops, value management exercises as required to align expectations in this respect WHAT WE OFFER Competitive salary & profit share scheme Flexible working Car Allowance / Company Car (subject to Role/Grade) Travel covered to any of our sites (subject to HMRC advisory rates) Extensive corporate benefits including, Private Medical, Pension 8% employers’ contribution, Health and Wellness programme, 26 days holidays + bank holidays and much more… Excellent range of learning and development activity to support your career progression. Industry leading family leave benefits to included 26 weeks fully paid maternity, 8 weeks fully paid paternity. To find out more about LIFE AT WATES please click on the following link https://www.wates.co.uk/careers/


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