Wates Construction has announced plans to relocate to new premises in Durham in a bid to bolster its foothold in the North East as it eyes new projects across the region.
The move will see the contractor transfer from its current office at Maple House in Darlington to Shannon House at Belmont Business Park, to maximise connectivity within the region and ensure optimum delivery for clients across the North East.
It is an extremely exciting time for the business as we prepare to take occupancy of our new Durham office in June. Wates has always prided itself on providing an efficient, well connected and accessible service for all of its clients and positioning ourselves at the geographical heart of the North East is integral to this.
Our move to Durham is about much more than servicing our current project portfolio. There is great potential in the North East market and our strategy is centred around maximising emerging opportunities, doing so while playing our part in boosting employment for all corners of the region. I began my career as an apprentice bricklayer after attending Spennymoor Comprehensive, now Whitworth Park School, and so for me it means a great deal to be able to use our business to support local industry and create opportunities for local people.
We have a very well established supply chain across the North East and with our move comes a promise that we will continue to forge close partnerships with the region’s suppliers and subcontractors, the support of which is fundamental to our position as a trusted and expert contracting partner.”
Paul Dodsworth, Business Unit Director, Wates Construction North East and Yorkshire
Wates’ current projects across the North East include Teesside University’s £22.3m National Horizons Centre where construction commenced earlier this year. The contractor also recently handed over Select Property Group’s Strawberry Place development at St James’ Park and led the build of Newcastle High School for Girls, which received the Lord Mayor Design Award for architecture and environmental design in March this year.