Armistice Day: Wates and the Armed Forces

Wates and the Armed Forces
Home Insights 2019 Armistice Day: Wates and the Armed Forces

We thank all veterans and current members of the armed forces for their service and remember those who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty.

At Wates, we are proud of our association with the armed forces. From supporting the D-Day landings in Normandy during WWII to building a base for the next generation of fighter jets for the RAF.

Celebrating the legacy of British construction and engineering

D-DAY 75

Celebrating the legacy of British construction and engineering

A new film celebrating a feat of engineering which turned the tide of World War II has been released by Wates on the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

Rare images released celebrating secret feat of British engineering ahead of D-Day anniversary

Rare archive images showing engineers working on a secret construction project that became pivotal to Britains success at the D-Day landings have been released as part of a new film marking the 75th anniversary of the campaign.

Our partnerships

We partner 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.


Connecting service leavers and veterans to construction careers.

Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI)

A charity that provides employment, support, housing and care to the British Armed Forces community.

Armed Forces Covenant

Pledging our support to current and former members of the armed forces, their families and reservists.

Supporting existing and former armed forces personnel

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

Having served in the Royal Navy, I am proud to be part of a company that supports ex-military people and which encourages a diverse and inclusive workforce.
John Dunne - Group Safety, Health, Environment and Quality Director

John Dunne

SHEQ Director, Wates

I chose to work with Wates because it’s similar to the military. A family culture. People have your back and teamwork is valued as is integrity.

Martin Glover

SHE Manager, Wates