Wates readies itself for major community project in Nottingham | Wates

The renovation project will see Wates and its Nottingham supply chain donate time, resource and materials to make over the 1960s community centre, which sits at the heart of the Silverdale estate.

Work is due to commence on the Nottingham City Council-owned centre on Monday 13 June and will see around 100 people donate approximately 5,000 man-hours to refurbish the external areas and provide a much-needed facelift to the premises.

Wates will work closely together with local stakeholders and construction partners to deliver the project, including Nottingham City Council, Scape Group, CPMG Architects, Curtins, Gleeds, Cartwright Communications, East Midlands Property Alliance, Faithful and Gould, Maber, BSP, Hobbs and Futures Advice.

Local suppliers and subcontractors will also be assisting on the scheme, such as Midlands Commercial Cleaners, Beechwood, PLS Civil, NRA, Advanté, Electract, Johns of Nottingham, CCS Midlands, Amici, DCE and A Plant.

The project forms part of Wates’ national Community Week (June 13-17) initiative, which will see the business’ employees volunteer time and donate materials to deserving projects in the communities in which they work.

Wates recently reached completion of the refurbishment of the former Victoria hosiery factory at Dakeyne Street, which recently launched as the brand new Space 2 venue at the Creative Quarter.

The contractor is also on-site at Sneinton Market, which is being transformed into a creative working space for local businesses. The project has been part-funded by a £2.4m European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) grant.

The Dakeyne Street and Sneinton Market projects were procured through the East Midlands Property Alliance (empa), which is managed by Scape Group and aims to improve the procurement and delivery of building works for public sector bodies.

Councillor Alex Norris, Portfolio Holder for Adults and Health at Nottingham City Council, said:

“I’d like to thank Wates Construction and all their staff who are volunteering to help renovate the outside area of Silverdale Community Centre.  This project will make a huge difference to the centre and local people will certainly feel the benefit.  I look forward to seeing the transformation!”

Phil Harrison, Managing Director, Wates Construction Midlands and North, said:

“Wates is a business that really immerses itself in the communities in which it works and our Community Week initiative gives us an opportunity to wholly focus our time and energy on making a difference to the lives of local people.

A lot of preparation has gone into the plans for Silverdale Community Centre and the team are champing at the bit to get to work on the project next Monday. The enthusiasm of our supply chain, our partners at Scape Group and every single individual involved from Wates will make this a wonderful project that will undoubtedly remind us all of what can be achieved when we work as a team.”

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