Leading contractor, Wates Construction, is set to grow its South West and Southern Home Counties project portfolio following its appointment to build Salmon Harvester’s 3 Glass Wharf in Bristol and refurbish Dyson’s Malmesbury-based head office.
The new projects, for which teams have now been deployed, build on Wates’ work across the South West and Southern Home Counties and bring the contractor’s regional order book to a combined value of over £150m.
Work is now underway at Salmon Harvester’s 3 Glass Wharf at Bristol’s Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone and will see the construction of 15,000 sq m. of Cat A office space, which will be occupied by HMRC.
Valued at £33m, the construction work will be carried out over a 100-week programme and will also include speculative retail space to the ground floor and basement car parking.
The project adds to Wates’ Bristol-based commercial portfolio. This includes the neighbouring 2 Glass Wharf office development, which Wates handed over to Salmon Harvester in 2016.
Wates’ regional growth also includes the contractor’s position as preferred bidder for the renovation of Dyson’s head office in Malmesbury, where the British technology company will expand its office capacity.
The 13,700 sq m. refurbished development will include raised floors and mezzanine levels to optimise floor space as well as meeting rooms, new research and development labs and workshops. Building work is expected to commence in March this year.
Wates’ current work in the region also includes the new £28m Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre and the new Julia’s House Children’s Hospice in Wiltshire, which is Wates’ largest not-for-profit project in its 119-year history.
Peter Whitmore, Business Unit Director of Wates Construction Southern Home Counties & South West, commented:
“To have secured two of the most important developments in the region is a significant acknowledgement of Wates’ reputation as a reputed and trusted contractor and it gives me and the team a huge sense of pride.
Building upon our regional project base presents us with a great opportunity to use our work to invest in the regional economy through our local supply chain partners.”