Public Sector

Working with HM Government to refit and refurbish HMRC buildings

We partner with central government departments, local authorities and housing associations across the UK.

We are proud to be a trusted partner of government. Our work drives growth, delivers value and supports government priorities including Levelling Up, tackling the housing crisis, net zero and upskilling UK workers.


of UK’s public sector frameworks


new, modern prison places


schools built over the last five years benefitting 51,000 pupils

Public sector frameworks

We work on a range of contracts for government and local councils and are on 70% of the UK’s leading central and local government frameworks, as well as being a strategic supplier to the Department for Education (DfE) and the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). We are also on some of the UKs top regional building frameworks.

We work with councils and local authorities to develop beautiful and sustainable mixed tenure estates


Providing beautiful, sustainable homes

We work with the public sector as a developer and a contractor. As a developer we work with partners such as Havering, Harrow and Cardiff Councils to deliver award winning mixed tenure housing schemes. By investing, developing, building and selling homes, we help address the need for more affordable houses, regenerate run-down areas, and create thriving new communities. 

We have a pipeline of over 5,000 homes, with our partners typically supplying the land whilst we deliver the expertise and funding for development. 

Our social housing maintenance team work with 60 local housing authorities up and down the country to ensure that their residents are safe and supported in their homes.

We are a trusted partner of the Department for Education, helping them deliver net zero carbon schools


The race to net zero carbon

We are committed to helping the Government deliver on its net zero ambitions.

We have also joined forces with Arup and HKS Architects to form the Decarbonising Health Estates Partnership, to help the NHS in England meet its own challenging carbon reduction obligations.

Through our work with the Department for Education we are also building the UKs very first net zero schools in Lancashire and Greater Manchester and are building new net zero schools across the country

We are currently delivering 3,000 zero carbon upgrades to homes across the country through our Wates Retrofit offer – helping to make older homes fit for the future. And our 10-year programme with Cardiff Council has seen new low energy and Passivhaus standard homes joining the council’s housing stock.

We are helping HM Government to build and maintain the civic offices of tomorrow

Building back better

We support the ambition set out in the Government’s Levelling Up White Paper and our work is already helping to deliver in this area. Many of our largest projects are located outside of London and the South East and we are actively investing in the local economies where we operate – backing local suppliers and helping people to develop new skills. Our work drives growth and delivers value for both our customers and the communities we operate in.

Our work building and maintaining the civic offices of tomorrow are helping agencies such as HMRC and the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) move their centres of operation out of London and create administrative hubs. This is helping to strengthen the Northern Powerhouse and provide jobs in regional areas right across the UK.

As a strategic supplier to the MoJ we are also working extensively with them to revitalise an ageing prison estate and creating modern working environments for the probation service.

We also support our emergency services with fit-out, refurbishment and facilities management to ensure that their buildings can meet the demands of the 21st century.

Related sectors


Our services to the public sector

Collaborating and innovating with the MoJ and other construction companies to deliver the New Prisons Programme


Collaborative working

We believe collaboration is the best way to drive innovation, improve efficiency and deliver the best value for money. That’s why we’ve been appointed by the MoJ to work with four other major construction firms on the Government’s new £1bn New Prison’s Programme, a unique alliance partnership.

We worked closely with HM Government to develop the Construction Playbook

Developing the Construction Playbook

As a trusted government partner we were also instrumental in helping to develop the Construction Playbook.

This 83 page blueprint is used by the Government to manage contractors and construction on all public sector projects.

We worked closely with HM Government to develop the Construction Playbook
Social Value and community development is hugely important in our public sector projects

Looking after our communities

We are working at the local council level to enhance communities by providing world-class leisure and sports facilities that create social hubs for people.

Delivering social value is embedded throughout our business and we work with our supply chain to use local businesses and employ the people furthest from the workforce.

We also invest heavily in the future, looking at new and creative ways to inspire the next generation whether through our apprenticeships, innovative work experience programmes or teaching primary school children about the work we do.

Our focus on inclusion and diversity is also unmatched in the industry and we are committed to doubling the proportion of women at all levels of our business and to becoming more ethnically diverse.

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