2018 Armistice Day: Wates and the Armed Forces | Wates

At Wates, we have always been proud of our association with the armed forces. Our involvement dates back to our role in the Normandy D-Day Landings with the construction of the Mulberry Harbours. Our present day support includes our partnership with the UK Buildforce initiative that helps former service personnel to find new jobs in construction, alongside our commitment to using the Royal British Legion Industries in our supply chain.

Were also actively involved in helping the armed forces continue to carry out the vital role they have, through our work with military infrastructure including at:

RAF Marham in Norfolk, where we are building the RAF’s new base for the next generation fighter jets

New Defence & National Rehabilitation Centre, at Loughborough, which will provide world-leading medical support and rehabilitation to injured service personnel

BAE Systems’ new training centre at Barrow-in-Furness, providing a state-of-the art training facility for apprentices working on submarines


We are committed to supporting our employees who are Reserves members and grant additional leave to those employees to allow them to fulfil their commitments, and to go on exercise.

John Dunne, Health, Safety, Environment and Quality Director, and a member of our Executive Committee, is a former Royal Navy Diver and has been pivotal in ensuring we continue to keep our nation’s armed forces front and centre of mind when it comes to community work and supply chain initiatives.

John Dunne, Director of Health, Safety, Environment & Quality

“I am so proud to have served in the Royal Navy and to have worked closely with other members of the Armed services. As we celebrate 100 years since the end of WW1, it is important that the people who have served our country, past and present, are recognised for their exceptional courage, commitment and sacrifice. I am also proud to be part of a company that supports ex-military people and which encourages a diverse and inclusive workforce.

John Dunne, HSEQ Director, Wates Group



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