This event was held to launch the organisation’s Private and Public Collaboration Initiative in the South West region, and focused on on how collaboration is crucial to driving growth, getting residential developments off the ground and benefitting local communities.
Kate Ives gave her view of the three biggest trends to watch out for in public and private sector partnerships:
Firstly, environment is key. It’s clear that most councils have now declared a climate emergency. It’s important to be leading from the front and setting the bar moving forward.
Secondly, supporting community growth and development. Social Value is vital to the impact of our work in society. We need to look for the gaps within our own programmes, especially focusing on health and well-being and meeting the needs of communities.
Lastly, employment, jobs, jobs and jobs! There is recognition that construction can provide good sustainable jobs and support those retraining from retail and other hard hit sectors. Opening opportunities and investment is fundamental to driving good growth. It’s not just about the social value outreach for health or wellbeing, but also about helping people move into good quality jobs in construction.”
Wates Residential work collaboratively with partners to deliver positive outcomes for people and places. Current developments include over 3,500 homes with Havering Council, over 1500 homes with Harrow Council, 2,000 homes with Cardiff Council and 200 homes with Homes England in Gosport.