Wates Construction’s growth across the North East and Yorkshire is gathering pace with the promotion of Steven Bell to Operations Director, becoming the latest in a line of senior appointments in the region.
The promotion to Operations Director comes as Steven nears his fifth year with the business following his appointment as Construction Manager for the North East in 2015, a newly created position intended to bolster Wates’ intended growth in the region.
Steven, who became Operations Manager for the business in 2018, will now oversee the strategic direction of key elements of Wates’ portfolio across the North East and Yorkshire, including pre-construction, project delivery and client aftercare.
His promotion is the latest in a series of changes in the regional senior team at Wates Construction, which has recently included the promotion of David Wingfield to Business Unit Director and the appointment of Kyle McGrory as Regional Commercial Director.
Paul Dodsworth, Managing Director of Wates Construction North, commented:
“Steve joined the business at a pivotal time and he has been instrumental to our growth and success in the North East. His time with Wates has been a journey of delivering high quality projects with impeccable health and safety for very happy clients and his focus and drive will be fundamental to his leadership of our operations across the region going forward.”
Wates announced its plans to expand its presence into the North East in 2015, a move that has so far seen the contractor build a host of flagship projects across the region. This includes the recent completion of Teesside University’s National Horizons Centre and Select Property Group’s Strawberry Place student accommodation in Newcastle.
Wates has also recently been appointed to deliver two major schemes on behalf of Gateshead Council – Clasper Village and Gibside School – both of which have been procured via Scape Group’s Major Works UK framework. Adding to Teesside University’s new Cornell Quarter, these projects bring Wates’ forward order book in the North East to over £100m.
“It is my belief that as contractors our core focus is our project delivery, focussing on our clients’ project aspirations and handing over exceptional projects every time. Our business is in building but there are so many elements to this, be it driving best practice in the industry, collaborating with our supply chain and clients or training the future workforce.
All of these things are important but they are not possible if our project delivery falls down. If we deliver high quality projects on time, on budget and safely then everything else falls into place, putting us in the ideal position to lead our industry.”