major projects

Major Projects
Empowering Tomorrow: Uniting people and Technology for a Future of Innovation

The newly established Major Projects Division stands as a testament to our commitment to ‘Empowering Tomorrow’, by seamlessly integrating the expertise of our people with cutting-edge technology and is poised to redefine the landscape of construction. It embodies a future where collaboration, technology, and ingenuity converge to shape groundbreaking solutions and transformative spaces.

Major Projects

Large-scale, impactful construction projects

Spearheading major, complex projects across the UK, including the impressive A1 development at British Land’s Canada Water site, this ambitious project encompasses the development of three office blocks and a striking 35-storey residential tower.  We also commenced works last year on the £450m gigafactory project in Sunderland on behalf of AESC UK.

It showcases our commitment to pioneering large-scale, impactful construction projects.

Major Projects

A culture of continuous growth

Now, having created tomorrow, the focus shifts to the core element of this progress: people.

It’s about harnessing the collective power of individuals within the Wates business, nurturing talent, and fostering a culture of continuous growth.

This shift underscores Wates Group’s holistic approach, where people take centre stage in building not just structures, but a
legacy of excellence!

Discover our Major Projects: One Success Story at a Time

AESC UK – Car Battery Gigafactory, Sunderland

In December 2021, we were appointed alongside Turner & Townsend by AESC UK, to lead the construction of its advanced car battery gigafactory at the International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP).

Industrial
Canada Water

Regenerating Canada Water

Our 53 acre Canada Water development will be the first new town centre in London for 50 years.

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Working across both public and private sectors

Major Projects services

CAREERS IN CONSTRUCTION AT WATES

Want to be part of our team?

Senior SHE Advisor

Location: Basingstoke

Job Type: SHEQ

Application Deadline: 18-06-2024

Wates Group have a new opportunity for a Senior SHE Advisor to join our Residential South team, where the primary focus of this role will be to provide professional SHE support, advice and coaching at regional business level. Engage with Operational, Commercial and supply chain peers to ensure that the business SHE policy is promoted and effectively deployed and provide leadership, support and development to SHE advisors.Residential is a developer contractor; we invest, develop, build and sell quality affordable housing, either contracting or in a form of partnership with Local Authorities, Registered Providers and public bodies.As our Senior SHE Advisor, you will: Ensure that all projects are visited on a regular basis, personally attending as agreed with SHE Manager, providing supportive advice and coaching. Coach, advise and support project leads and Regional leadership on risk identification and mitigation. Lead investigations into agreed incidents and coach project teams on investigation techniques. Complete regular reviews of project RAMS and project plans ensuring they are fit for purpose and ensure compliance is met, providing timely team-work style advice, coaching and support. Promote the use of internal systems in the recording of incidents, ensure the timely close out of all recorded actions. Support local project teams and regional leadership in the preparation of bids and pre- construction information. Actively promoting risk awareness within the design and pre- construction communitiesWHAT WE OFFER Competitive salary & profit share scheme Flexible working Car Allowance / Company Car (subject to Role/Grade) Travel covered to any of our sites (subject to HMRC advisory rates) Extensive corporate benefits including, Private Medical, Pension 8% employers’ contribution, Health and Wellness programme, 26 days holidays + bank holidays and much more… One of the best learning and development programmes which is customizable to support your career progression goals. (c.7000 training sessions delivered year to date across the WATES Group) Industry leading family leave benefits to included 26 weeks fully paid maternity, 8 weeks fully paid paternity.

Sustainability Manager

Location: London NW1

Job Type: SHEQ

Application Deadline: 18-06-2024

Wates Group is seeking a dedicated Sustainability Manager to join our Residential team in London where the focus is on high & mid rise units with some houses. As a developer contractor, Wates Residential focuses on investing, developing, building, and selling quality affordable and sustainable housing in collaboration with Local Authorities, Registered Providers, and public bodies.As the Sustainability Manager, you will support and guide the business region on implementing the Wates Residential sustainability plan. This involves both operational support and product design, including sustainable construction practices, low-carbon homes, energy management systems, and renewable energy solutions. Your efforts will contribute to our net-zero carbon and nature-positive goals.As our Sustainability Manager you will: Deliver the Residential sustainability plan implementation and ensure governance compliance in the region; working closely with the design, development, commercial, cost estimating, procurement, delivery and customer care teams. Ensure regional or local regulatory or client specific requirements are incorporated into the wider Residential business unit sustainability plan. Promote environmental best practice building standards (e.g. BREEAM, Passivhaus, AECB, RIBA, LETI, Well, etc.), manage whole life carbon assessments and green infrastructure planning to achieve biodiversity net gain targets. Lead data collection and management for projects with the support of Group functions. Provide inputs to annual reporting and prepare case studies. Contribute to the creation of project win strategies / themes at a regional level. Support and draft specific high quality sustainability orientated responses during bids. Promote environmental awareness, capability and competence of the regional staff by leading, delivering and participating in targeted and effective training and familiarisation to develop colleagues’ knowledge. Manage the appointment of the environmental consultants. Hold regular principal calls/meetings with our consultants to track progress and any issues. Support stakeholder engagement, particularly with our supply chain to ensure we meet our sustainability commitments and scope 3 targets. Represent the company in a professional and intelligent manner. Develop value propositions with Sales & Marketing and Development Management teams on development projects and undertake thorough review of the Employers Requirements and identify any risks/opportunities. Be supported by the Residential Head of Sustainability and Wates Group Sustainability experts and contribute towards achievement of Group-wide targets and initiatives.What we offer: Competitive salary & profit share scheme Car allowance/Company Car Flexible working Travel covered to any of our sites (subject to HMRC advisory rates) Extensive corporate benefits including, Private Medical, Pension 8% employers’ contribution, Health and Wellness programme, 26 days holidays + bank holidays and much more… One of the best learning and development programmes which is customizable to support your career progression goals. (c.7000 training sessions delivered year to date across the Wates Group) Industry leading family leave benefits to included 26 weeks fully paid maternity, 8 weeks fully paid paternity.

HR Business Partner

Location: Rotherhithe

Job Type: HR

Application Deadline: 16-06-2024

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced HR Business Partner / Professional with a proven track record in business partnering and building strong working relationships at a leadership level to work in our Construction business. Together we inspire better ways of creating the places, communities and businesses of tomorrow. This is our purpose, and we will only achieve our strategic objectives if we recruit and retain the best people, operating in an environment underpinned by inclusivity, diversity and opportunity.Being part of our team as a HR Business Partner, you will play a pivotal role in planning and leading the process and activities to ensure that the Talent objectives are delivered and the KPI of talent retention is met.This role requires the confidence and integrity to support business partners and where required hold them to account to ensure the consistent application of our company processes and that we are managing people the right way. There will be a requirement to develop an excellent understanding of the business needs through strong interaction with the business.We are looking for someone who has experience of working in a complex and demanding environment and can challenge the status quo and drive change in a constructive and pragmatic manner.Ideally you will bring your experience of creating an inclusive workplace and demonstrating how feedback from employee surveys has been used to drive action plans to increase engagement.Alongside this, you will be organised, an excellent communicator capable of building relationships across the business and operate fairly and consistently. If you require any reasonable adjustments during any part of the application process, please contact us at the following email address recruitment@wates.co.uk and one of the team will get in touch to discuss how we can support.

Planning Manager

Location: East Anglia

Job Type: Planning

Application Deadline: 14-06-2024

Wates Construction are looking for a Planning Manager to join our Major Projects Team across 3 MOJ projects in the Manchester and Cambridge areas. If you are passionate about working within a team environment, have proven analytical and planning skills and are looking for an opportunity to challenge the norm, bring fresh new ideas and elevate yourself within the industry then join us and help to create tomorrow together. This is a great opportunity to progress your career as part of a talented, diverse, and supportive team. ABOUT THE ROLEOur Planners are a valuable part of our business, the focus of this role is to lead the planning team to provide functional leadership and management of planning resources from pre-qualification to completion for the region. As our Principal Planning Manager you will: Ensure an effective and professional planning and programming service is available for pre-contract and project teams Agree level of planning service with senior management, check, and address quality issues. Work with functional heads of other disciplines and other Business Units’ planning departments to agree “best practice” and share knowledge Prepare and issue protocols and guidelines to ensure consistency of planning approach across the Business Unit Manage production of and carry out peer reviews and programme audits Produce summary business reports, based on audits and Monthly Operational Reports, and suggest corrective action to manage risks and provide mitigation for delays on audit findings Investigate and encourage innovation in construction and planning techniques WHAT WE OFFER Competitive salary & profit share scheme  Flexible working  Car Allowance / Company Car (subject to Role/Grade)  Travel covered to any of our sites (subject to HMRC advisory rates)  Extensive corporate benefits including, Private Medical, Pension 8% employers’ contribution, Health and Wellness programme, 26 days holidays + bank holidays and much more… Excellent range of learning and development activity to support your career progression Industry leading family leave benefits to included 26 weeks fully paid maternity, 8 weeks fully paid paternity.  To find out more about LIFE AT WATES please click on the following link https://www.wates.co.uk/careers/   We are always looking for a variety of new talent to join our teams, to help us grow and innovate as a business. Although you may not have all of the skills listed, many of them may be transferable to other roles within the WATES Group.   If you would like clarity on any of our vacancies, discuss career opportunities in strict confidence or need anything to make our recruitment process easier, please contact our In-House Recruitment Team directly or via recruitment@wates.co.uk and one of us will get in touch as soon as possible.   As a responsible and inclusive employer, we are committed to equality and are proud to have been recognised for this through a range of accolades including gold accreditation with Investors in People, we are also a Disability Confident employer. Being a family owned, business means we understand and value long term relationships. 


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