We have increased our electric vehicles by over 50%

We have increased our fleet of electric maintenance vehicles by over 50% in a second major investment to our property services fleet in under 12 months

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How do we implement the circular economy today? 

Senior members from the built environment attended a roundtable event hosted by Wates in March to share learnings about how their businesses are implementing circular economy principles today and how to bring it into the mainstream. Here’s what they discussed.

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Securing funding is only the first step in public sector decarbonisation

John Cartwright, Business Unit Director at Wates, shares his thoughts on the key considerations of public sector bodies awaiting a decision on Phase 3c and preparing to apply for Phase 4.

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Join us at UKREiiF 2024

Join our Chief Executive, Sir James Wates CBE and members of our Executive board and senior leadership teams during this exciting three day event.

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What is Biodiversity Net Gain?

From February 2024, developers must adhere to the UK government’s Biodiversity Net Gain targets. Read Wates’ blog and get the vital information here.

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Construction in a city where ‘prime office accommodation is at a premium’

Construction Index has reported on Welcome Building, a net zero carbon office project we are delivering in Bristol City Centre in partnership with Candour and Tristan Capital Partners.

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New Group Sustainability Director – Cressida Curtis

Today we announce the appointment of Cressida Curtis as our new Group Sustainability Director. She will join in the new year and sit on the Group’s Executive Committee, reporting to Chief Executive, Eoghan O’Lionaird

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SHDF wave 2.1 contracts exceed £100m

We’ve further cemented our presence as a leader in social housing retrofit having secured £107m of Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF) Wave 2.1 contracts on behalf of 17 social landlords.

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New London Victoria campus

In 2023 we completed a refurbishment project at Ada, the National College for Digital Skills, on behalf of the Department for Education (DfE), transforming a former secondary school into a pioneering digital campus in time for the 2023/24 academic year.

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Our net zero target validated by the Science Based Targets initiative

Today we are proud to announce that the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) has approved our long-term science-based emissions reduction targets.

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Keeping the Lights on at Piccadilly

In this blog, Phil Allan, MEP Project Manager, outlines how he navigated the complex electrical works at Lucent – Wates’ landmark project for Landsec – explaining the careful co-ordination and meticulous planning that went into the changeover of the Lights. 

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Unlocking Productivity and Sustainability: Insights from Our Chief Executive, Eoghan O’Lionaird

In his first major profile interview since becoming Chief Executive, Eoghan O’Lionaird talks to Colin Marrs, Editor of Construction News, about his approach to leadership, and the top issues in his in-tray.

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Building for the future around the historic Piccadilly Lights

In this blog, Peter Jones, Wates Senior Sustainability and Environmental Advisor, shares how, together with client Landsec, Wates has delivered a sustainable workplace with an impressive biodiversity net gain and embodied carbon reduction at the flagship building project behind the lights at Piccadilly Circus:  Lucent.

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We call on government to release SHDF wave 3 in the autumn statement

The Government’s recent steps back on green policies are a cause for concern in successfully decarbonising the UK’s homes.

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The Guinness Partnership

Our work for The Guinness Partnership (Guinness) saw us complete part-house retrofits to 52 homes in Crewe as part of the BEIS Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF) Demonstrator project. Our role in leading the retrofit project was to catalyse innovation and develop best practice to inform Guinness’ future social housing retrofit projects.

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We’re accelerating decarbonisation with electric fleet investment

We’re speeding ahead with plans to decarbonise its commercial van fleet with a major investment to replace 45 small diesel, supervisor vans with new electric cars.

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Wrexham Council

A first for Wrexham County Borough Council, this pilot scheme was delivered by our Retrofit team, alongside partners Energy Specifics and Construction Thinking, to transform an inefficient void property into a pioneering zero-carbon home.

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How the Gove housing speech could start a retrofit revolution

While the headlines from Michael Gove’s housing speech on 23 July may have focused mainly on a renewed commitment to building one million new homes by 2024 and for more homes to be built in city centres the Government also announced new measures for permitted development relaxing previous restrictions around changing buildings like shops and offices into homes

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