Procurement framework provides £125.6m boost to East Midlands economy

Wates Construction, a leading partner on the empa framework, has reported a local supply chain spend of £46.9m in the three years since its appointment to the framework.

Since the appointment in 2014, Wates has demonstrated its commitment to social value by ensuring investments made by its clients are spent with the local supply chain. 95.7% of all subcontractors that have been used by Wates on the framework are SMEs, and over 85% of jobs on the framework went to people living within 40 miles of each project.

Wates has engaged with small and medium enterprises across the region, regularly holding Meet the Buyer events where commercial and procurement teams advised how to join the Wates supply chain. To date, £46.8m has been spent with local companies, generating a benefit of £125.6m for the East Midlands economy*.

The announcement comes as Wates passes its third year as a lead contracting partner on the empa framework, which is managed by Scape Group, a public sector procurement specialist.

Projects that have helped contribute to the £46.8m spend include:

• Space 2 on behalf of Nottingham City Council, which saw major restoration refurbishment and remodelling works to convert historic factory units into lettable commercial space over three storeys.

• Worksop Bus Station, which entailed the design and build of a 600m² eight bay bus station, providing fully enclosed and modern facilities, supporting an improved travel experience for commuters around Worksop.

• Blaby Refuse Vehicle Depot, which involved the building of a new depot for Blaby District Council’s refuse vehicle stock, providing workshop space for maintenance repairs, MOTs and servicing, as well as delivering office accommodation for the 70 staff who transferred from a previous base.

• Sneinton Market refurbishment, which saw the redevelopment of four historic retail buildings into a high quality workshop and studio space in the centre of Nottingham.
During the past year Wates has also added value to the local community by diverting 96% of its project waste away from landfill.

One of the most rewarding aspects of working on Scape’s framework has been collaborating with public sector clients to deliver vital projects that meet the needs of the people in the region.
 
Through the investments being made by the region’s public sector bodies on projects such as primary schools, bus stations and markets, we can confidently say we are providing an immediate boost to the local economy, while also making a lasting positive impact that will be felt in the East Midlands for years to come.”
 
John Carlin, Business Unit Director, Wates Construction Midlands

It is fantastic to see Wates give so much back to the local community as part of our framework. We’re passionate about delivering social value and ensuring that every pound spent delivers maximum value for the local community, including through the use of local suppliers and the creation of local jobs.
 
These projects will not only have a positive impact on the quality of the built environment in the local area, but they will also provide a significant boost to the East Midlands economy too. Wates’ work in the East Midlands is strong evidence of social value in action.”
 
Victoria Brambini, Managing Director of Scape Procure

*£46.8m has been spent with the local supply chain, generating a benefit of £125.6m for the East Midlands economy (using LM3 to calculate)