A long standing history of building schools.


Wates has a long-standing history of school building, beginning in 1961, and we continue to work closely with public and private sector customers to design and deliver exemplar facilities across all types of education environments. As experts in education, we excel in the development of new-build and refurbished schools in every challenging environment and pride ourselves on our collaborative approach and track record of delivering to programme, quality and cost.

We have a longstanding relationship with the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and are an active member on their national and regional contractors frameworks. We are also active on a number of regional and local authority frameworks where our services can also be accessed by schools, further education and higher education customers.

To provide value for money to our customers, we offer a component-based design solution (Adapt) that harnesses the benefits of standardisation to maximise lean budgets and deliver bespoke schools. This approach is constantly evolving and is managed by a dedicated team equipped with knowledge and understanding of current government education legislation.

Thought Leadership


We cast an eye forward to 2050, gathering expert views on what the future holds for our schools and the children of the post millennial generation.

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Design and Construct

As expert design and construction integrators, we have dedicated teams offering a fully coordinated preconstruction service enabling us to facilitate the design vision of your education building.

At Wates we understand and embrace the value of your design, ensuring the transition into construction via procurement, manufacture and fabrication is as seamless as possible. Our approach of engaging early with design allows us to influence design solutions when they will create the greatest value.

Adapt School Solutions

At Wates we can provide a standardised platform for school design, the Adapt kit-of-parts maximises the economic and delivery benefits of standardisation, yet creates a platform for bespoke school-specific designs.

Each solution not only works seamlessly with ESFA baseline design requirements, but can also be uniquely configured to accommodate any site construction, education model, planning or local environmental need.