CASE STUDY: Stag House, Wandsworth | Wates

Wates Residential was appointed by Wandsworth Council in 2018 to deliver 22 new homes at Stag House for local people.

This includes 11 properties for social rent and 10 independent living properties for residents with physical or learning disabilities, in addition to one warden’s flat.

The development also includes a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) for residents to enjoy.

Work completed on the site in July 2020 and the partners marked the milestone with an official key handover to Cllr Ravi Govindia, Leader of Wandsworth Council and Cllr Kim Caddy, Cabinet Member for Housing at Wandsworth Council.

The development is part of Wandsworth Council’s ‘Housing for All’ programme which aims to provide 1,000 new homes in the area to enable independent living in high quality accommodation in the Borough.

Community Investment

  • The Wates Family Enterprise Trust awarded the Putney Vale Residents’ Association with a £1,200 Wates Giving grant to invest in Chelsea Football Club’s ‘Premier League Kicks’ training project. This programme will see Chelsea FC visit the estate’s local school once a week to provide training and help hard-to-reach youngsters through sports participation.  
  • During Wates’ Community and Conservation Week the Stag House team spent their time painting and decorating the Putney Vale Clubroom, Newlands Hall. 16 members of staff spent 90 hours preparing and painting the community centre for use by local people. Wates Residential also donated £500 towards the cost of materials and the project generated a total of £6,300 in social value. 
  • In September 2018 Wates Residential hosted a Building Futures programme aimed at helping unemployed people to kick-start their careers. Eight Wandsworth residents took part in the two-week course, during which they worked towards gaining a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card and achieving a Level 1 Health and SafetAward in construction. The course also included workshops in CV writing and interview skills to support participants with finding a job. 
  • Wates Residential received a Bronze Award at South Thames Colleges Group Employer Awards in 2019 in recognition of its engagement with the College as a local employer over the year. 

Wates Residential has also hosted a number of careers talks, site visits and work experience placements on site aimed at local residents and schools.

  • Adrian Quarcoopme carried out a one-week work experience placement with Wates Residential’s carpentry sub-contractor while working towards a Level 2 qualification in Maintenance Operations at South Thames College in Wandsworth.  
  • Isaac Curtis carried out a one-week work experience placement with Wates Residential’s plumbing sub-contractor in September 2019, while studying for is Level 2 City & Guilds Diploma at South Thames College.  
  • Jennie Ellis, Community Investment Manager and Dan Beech, Section Manager delivered a careers insight presentation to 30 year 12 and 13 students at St Francis Xavier Sixth Form College to give them an insight into the range of career opportunities on offer in the construction industry.  
  • In October 2019 the Stag House team hosted a site visit from 20 students and staff members from South Thames College who are studying towards a Level 1 Construction Multi-Skills Diploma. The students had the chance to speak to members of the site team about the different roles available and walk around a live construction site. 

Wates Residential is continuing to build on its successful relationship with Wandsworth Council with the team’s work at the nearby Shuttleworth Road site.

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Cllr Ravi Govindia, Leader of Wandsworth Council:

Good quality housing is fundamental in supporting the wellbeing of our residents and we’re delighted to be partnering with Wates Residential on this scheme.

I am also proud that this scheme is the first Council build supported housing scheme for our more vulnerable residents which will give those with learning and physical disabilities the opportunity to live safely in a scheme built to the highest standards.”

Cllr Kim Caddy, Cabinet Member for Housing, Wandsworth Council:

“We are prioritising our homes for people who live and work in Wandsworth and I am delighted that we are building attractive, sustainable, quality housing that will stand the test of time.”

Shirley Price, Chair of Putney Vale Residents’ Association:

“Newlands Hall is a well-used community facility enjoyed by the residents of Putney Vale and beyond. We are very grateful for the enthusiastic support of the Wates Residential volunteers in redecorating our hall.

This will enable funds raised for this purpose over the years to go towards the refurbishment of the children’s playground on the estate as agreed at our recent Annual General Meeting of the Association.”

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