Education - Wates

Creating learning environments that excite and inspire is part of our guiding ambition to create the places and communities of tomorrow. Our work with local authorities and schools has taught us that there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach. Every school is different, whether that be in how it responds to the diverse needs of students; teachers’ approaches to learning or a school’s ethos and aspirations for its young people.

Specialist solutions

Our approach to education projects is similarly unique and as such our solutions are individually tailored. We work closely with our customers to develop designs that fit their landscape, suit their needs and crucially, accommodate their budget. We have a close network of supply chain partners who work collaboratively with our teams to ensure projects are delivered smoothly, professionally, on time and on budget.

Smartspace - Education, fit out and refurbishment

Inspiring young people

We are committed to adding value to every single one of our projects, beyond our work on site. We are constantly seeking opportunities to positively impact those around us. Working in education environments gives us an invaluable opportunity to engage with young people and inspire them to consider careers in construction.

Sector Highlights:

  • Committed to working in partnership with customers, understanding the needs of both staff and students and delivering school buildings that enhance the teaching and learning experience.
  • Adept in working within busy school environments, with meticulous attention paid to health and safety, project phasing and ongoing communication with schools to keep staff, students, teachers and the public safe.
  • A proven track record for on time, on budget delivery, supported by extensive sector knowledge and experience within the team complemented by our supply chain partners.

Case Study: Worthington Primary School

In 2020, Wates Smartspace completed a £1.6m two-storey extension at Worthington Primary School in Sale on behalf of Trafford Council, creating four new classrooms, new toilets, new hard play areas and external landscaping to allow the school to increase its yearly intake from 45 to 60.

With the project delivered during the COVID-19 pandemic, the school remained open for teachers and children of key workers. The project team worked closely with the school to harness new site operating procedures in line with the Government guidelines on social distancing, while causing minimal disruption to students’ learning.

Every member of our team is dedicated to creating social value through our work and the Worthington Primary School project was a model example of where this was achieved. Activities to support our neighbours included the installation of a paved ramp for a local NHS nurse to help safely store her scooter after a theft.

Smartspace Case Study: Worthington Primary School
Worthington Primary School

Contract highlights:

  • Procured through the North West Construction Hub (NWCH), resulting in opportunities for training and employment for five local people.
  • Fulfilled a commitment to reduce the environmental impact of construction, including recycling construction waste into fence panels for a local resident and planters for the community.
  • Enhanced the learning environment for students and staff, utilising the team’s extensive experience in education to create a new learning environment for young people to thrive.

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