Knowles House, London Borough of Brent | Wates

Providing much needed temporary accommodation and homes for independent living for residents in the London Borough of Brent.

Wates Residential was appointed by Brent Council to deliver 149 high quality new homes in Harlesden to support the Council’s temporary accommodation and independent living needs, supporting some of the borough’s most vulnerable residents. The new homes, built across two new buildings, are part of a wider programme to build 1,000 new council homes in Brent over the next five years.

Community Investment

  • Each year, Wates holds a Community and Conservation week where employees volunteer their time to help local communities. In 2019, employees from Wates Residential spent 36 hours at the Harlesden Town Garden undertaking clearance, weeding and painting to rejuvenate the area following a period of neglect. The community garden is now being used to promote health, wellbeing, exercise and local food growing.
  • Roundwood Youth Centre, backing on to the site in Brent, hosted a month long ‘Fit & Fed’ activity programme which was open to local young people aged 5 to 18 years. It included a range of sporting and artistic activities as part of a campaign to combat holiday hunger, inactivity and isolation. Wates Residential partnered with Will Bayley MBE, a Paralympic gold medallist, to provide a unique table tennis masterclass to the young people.
Will Bayley, MBE delivering a table tennis masterclass to young people in Brent
  • Brent Council and Wates Residential made a joint commitment to provide employment and training opportunities for local people. This has included hosting work experience placements on site, the first of which was 32-year old Ana Ada who was referred to Wates through Women Into Construction. Ana carried out a four-week placement as a Document Controller at Knowles House to gain essential experience.
  • In January 2020 Wates Residential hosted the first ‘Construct a Career’  course in partnership with construction recruitment specialist, O’Neill & Brennan and learning provider, Cidori. The two week course saw 15 participants take part in essential training in health and safety, as well as site visits to two of Wates’ construction sites in Brent. At the end of the course, participants were supported to sit their CSCS test. Passing this test is required to gain work on a construction site.
  • In March 2020, the Knowles House team commissioned a local artist to brighten up the site hoarding along with a group of children from a local community centre. The children were asked to piece together abstract shapes on paper to inspire the artists design.
  • The Knowles House team and contractors working on site donated toys to the Brent Early Years team to be given to children in Local Authority Care at Christmas.
  • As part of Wates Residential’s commitment to support the local community, the team donated food to New Catholic College, an all-boys school located in one of Brent’s most deprived areas to support families in need.
  • The Knowles House team and contractors LLJ and Focus Logistics carried out garden maintenance work at The Freeman Family Centre who are building a garden oasis to be used by visitors.
In Wates, we are working with an organisation that understands our values as we seek to ensure job and training opportunities for local residents, particularly for our unemployed, and ensure that everyone involved in the project is paid at least the London Living wage.
Cllr Margaret McLennan
Deputy Leader of Brent Council
A massive thank you from the children of Brent to the wonderful teams at Wates for their Christmas kindness, it will make a huge difference on Christmas Day to many children who otherwise would not have anything to open.
Nicky Case
Brent Troubled Families Co-ordinator

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