Wates Residential hosts virtual site tours for next generation of home builders | Wates

As the pandemic continues, our site and project teams continue to prioritise the safety and wellbeing of everyone coming into contact with our operations. As part of this work, visitors to site have been restricted to essential categories only.

This includes young people interested in pursuing a career in construction or currently studying for construction qualifications, who in normal circumstances would have been able to attend site visits or undertake work experience placements.

To ensure they won’t miss out entirely on the site experience during the pandemic, our site teams from our Residential business  are now filming their own virtual site tours, made specifically for local students.

The first tours have been released this week to local schools and colleges near our sites in Barking and Havering in east London and Erith in Kent. Zoom Q&A sessions with site managers were arranged to allow students to ask follow-up questions after viewing the tours online, with further sessions planned for unemployed adults or career changers looking to enter the construction industry.

Park East, Erith

Construction Manager, Lawrence Baxter talks through progress on site at Park East in Erith, where we are working with the London Borough of Bexley and with Orbit to regenerate the area with 320 new homes, 80% of which will be for affordable rent and shared ownership. It comes after this partnership completed six years of work on the neighbouring Larner Road estate, transforming it into an award-winning, mixed tenure community – Erith Park.

ZOOM Q&A | 11 JUNE AT 2PM
Construction Manager, Lawrence Baxter talks through progress on site at Park East in Erith

Gascoigne Estate, Barking

Senior Site Manager, Josh Daniels takes us on a guided tour of the Gascogine Estate site in Barking where we are working in partnership with Be First to build 200 new homes for local people. Josh talks us through the various stages of groundworks currently in progress, from piling to slab design. He also shares his career path and provides advice on getting into the industry.

ZOOM Q&A | 15 JUNE AT 2PM
Senior Site Manager, Josh Daniels takes us on a guided tour of the Gascogine Estate site in Barking

Napier and New Plymouth, Havering

Site Manager, Colm Nolan walks through the Napier and New Plymouth site in Havering which is being developed by joint venture partners Havering Council and Wates Residential. The site is one of 12 estates being regenerated by the partners who are seeking to deliver around 5,200 new homes for local people. Demolition began at Napier and New Plymouth House in Summer 2019 and the site is now ready for construction to begin.

ZOOM Q&A | 16 JUNE AT 11AM
Site Manager, Colm Nolan walks through the Napier and New Plymouth site in Havering