Making the most of growth up north

Regional directors for Construction, Sarah Cooke and David Wingfield, give their thoughts on what will characterise the next 12 months and how our industry can capitalise on growth opportunities available in the region.

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Championing young talent

We caught up with our Customer Services Apprentice, Kaydn, to chat all about his experience of our early careers programme, from his passion for learning on the job to his day-to-day responsibilities.

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Keeping the Lights on at Piccadilly

In this blog, Phil Allan, MEP Project Manager, outlines how he navigated the complex electrical works at Lucent – Wates’ landmark project for Landsec – explaining the careful co-ordination and meticulous planning that went into the changeover of the Lights. 

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Will Bayley MBE: The countdown to Paris 2024 is on!

With less than a year to go to the 2024 Summer Paralympics in Paris, we caught up with reigning world number one paralympic table tennis player and our long-time sponsorship partner, Will Bayley MBE, to find out his plans for next year and beyond.

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Building for the future around the historic Piccadilly Lights

In this blog, Peter Jones, Wates Senior Sustainability and Environmental Advisor, shares how, together with client Landsec, Wates has delivered a sustainable workplace with an impressive biodiversity net gain and embodied carbon reduction at the flagship building project behind the lights at Piccadilly Circus:  Lucent.

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A shared commitment to diversity and inclusion

We caught up with our Senior Design Manager, Sandra Weerasinghe, and Ada’s Director of Operations, Sophie Clifton, to reflect on the importance of shared values when working together.

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World Suicide Prevention Day – We can all take action to create hope

‘Creating Hope Through Action’ is the theme of this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day (10 Sep) – and it’s something we can all get behind.  It can be as simple as starting a conversation in the canteen about suicide or sharing information in your local sports centre or youth club.  No matter how big or small the action, we can all provide hope to those who are struggling.

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How the Gove housing speech could start a retrofit revolution

While the headlines from Michael Gove’s housing speech on 23 July may have focused mainly on a renewed commitment to building one million new homes by 2024 and for more homes to be built in city centres the Government also announced new measures for permitted development relaxing previous restrictions around changing buildings like shops and offices into homes

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FM for a sustainable future

As we mark World FM Day and this year’s theme of ‘Making a real difference’, our FM Managing Director, Antony Collett, reflects on how Wates is focusing on providing the most sustainable services to customers.

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Adding Value to FM Customers with special projects

David Rose, Head of Projects at Wates FM, shares his thoughts on the increasing value his Special Projects team brings to customers, and to their budgets.

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£6bn Pledge to Tackle Fuel Poverty Must be Backed by Skills Investment

As the dust settles on the Autumn Statement, David Morgan, Executive Managing Director at Wates Property Services, shares his thoughts on the impact of the Chancellor’s pledge to commit £6bn to energy efficiency retrofit and the necessary steps to realise the Government’s decarbonisation ambitions.

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Integrating Social Value in the Supply Chain

Michelle McSorley, our Social Value Director, discusses how Wates Residential integrates social value in its supply chain.

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What can employers do to stamp out microaggressions at work?

Nikunj Upadhyay, writes this week in People Management, discussing the impact of microaggressions in the workplaces.

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Change is needed to prevent levelling up being spurned

Levelling up is one of the most ambitious government aspirations in decades but the opportunity could be derailed if Whitehall doesn’t change the way it is delivering it, according to Stephen Beechey, public sector director at Wates Group.

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Combating the impact of the climate crisis in the built environment

The climate crisis is having a devastating impact on the world around us and our physical wellbeing. Without immediate and bold action

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A sustainable future goes beyond buildings

James Gregg, Managing Director of Wates FM, shares his insight on the vital role FM has to play in shaping the future of the built environment and the industry’s secret to a more sustainable future.

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Can employers do more to support staff with stress?

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Kelly Osborne, Head of Health and Wellbeing at Wates Group, writes in Employee Benefits this week about what more employers can do to support staff with stress.

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New Queen Elizabeth Unit at the Royal London Hospital

Paul Chandler, Executive Managing Director at Wates Construction Group, at the opening of the new Queen Elizabeth Unit at the Royal London Hospital alongside Her Majesty the Queen.

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