Wates Construction has secured a position on the North Wales Construction Partnership’s major £500m framework, adding to the contractor’s presence across the region, including Flintshire Council’s Strategic Housing and Regeneration Partnership.
Led by Denbighshire County Council on behalf of the six North Wales councils, the North Wales Construction Partnership’s framework is now in its second iteration and will facilitate the construction of new schools and public sector projects across the region.
With an anticipated value of £500m, the framework is designed to foster collaborative working and allows clients, contractors, design teams and the supply chain to work together to improve efficiency and quality.
The framework also aims to place community benefits at its core and will support and develop sustainable local supply chains as well as create apprenticeships and training for communities across North Wales.
In its first phase, the North Wales Construction Framework saw the delivery of projects with a value in excess of £270m, with 80% of the supply chain spend coming from within a 30 mile radius of projects.
Wates’ appointment to the framework sees the contractor grow its presence across North Wales, building on its current housing portfolio with Flintshire Council. Launched in 2015, the council’s Strategic Housing and Regeneration Partnership (SHARP) will see the creation of 500 new homes across the county.
Paul Dodsworth, Managing Director of Wates Construction North, commented:
“We are very proud to have been appointed to the North Wales Construction Framework, which has become a powerful means to create extensive benefit for the region’s public purse.
As we have seen with our work with Flintshire Council, working collaboratively is the most effective way of ensuring our projects bring with them a great many benefits for the local community and we look forward to building on this success and continuing our work across North Wales.”
Gary Williams Denbighshire County Council’s Head of Legal, HR, & Democratic Services, said:
“This framework will have a positive impact in North Wales by creating new facilities for public use, including new schools, which will create jobs in the construction sector, improve educational attainment, provide opportunity for community involvement and engagement and help promote a vibrant culture and the Welsh language.
The framework places importance on delivering the greatest benefit from the investment made ensuring there is a positive impact on local communities. This framework ensures that local businesses, where possible, benefit from the investment being made in North Wales.”
Alongside the regional Framework, the principles adopted will be applied to projects across the region to ensure consistency, drive delivery of the community benefits, develop continuous improvement and set new benchmarks for best practice.
A number of projects from the first phase of the framework have won various awards, most recently six projects were honoured at the National CEW Awards 2018.
A number of projects have also been nominated for the Construction Awards 2019.