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, site teams from our Residential business are now filming their own virtual site tours, made specifically for local students, unemployed adults or career changers looking to get into the industry.
The site tours have been released to local schools and colleges near our sites in Barking, Havering in east London and Erith in Kent. Zoom Q&A sessions are then arranged to allow follow-up questions after viewing the tours online.
Gascoigne Estate, Barking
Senior Site Manager John Daniels takes us on a second guided tour of the Gascogine Estate site in Barking where Wates Residential is working in partnership with Be First to deliver 200 new homes for local people. Josh talks through the various stages of groundworks currently in progress, from piling to slab design. He also shares his career path for the students and provides advice on getting into the industry.
Daedalus Village, Lee-on-the-Solent
Construction Manager, Richard Manville walks through progress on site at Daedalus Village in Lee-on-the-Solent, where Wates Residential is breathing new life into the historic site in partnership with Homes England. The developer is building 200 new homes at pace to form a new community on the site, which was the Royal Naval Air Station during the First World War.
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.
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.
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.