Supply Chain Opportunity: Northern Estates Programme | Wates

If you are a supplier and interested in assisting us with this programme, register today!


About the project

The comprehensive refurbishment will help restore and maintain a number of Parliaments listed heritage buildings in Westminster, including Norman Shaw North and South, 1 Parliament Street and 1 Derby Gate. The work will ensure they are safe, accessible and efficient for future generations.

The buildings, built between 1864 and 1906, currently provide office accommodation to over 950 people, but many have had no significant investment for many years.

The work on site which started in 2019 will also increase the capacity and standard of office space, delivering an estate with reduced running costs, increased environmental performance and improved safety and accessibility.

1 Parliament Street, Northern Estate. The Parliamentary Estate. London. Photo: David Levene.

Meet the buyer events

Wates will be attending the following events to promote the Northern Estate Programme and give you the opportunity to meet a member of the team to discuss any opportunities available for your company.

  • Birmingham  11 February 2020 Aston Villa
  • Norwich  27 February 2020 Norwich City FC
  • London  7 May 2020 Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
  • Glasgow  24 September 2020 Hampden Stadium

All events are free to attend and you will have the opportunity to meet a number of other main contractors and trade exhibitors.

Please book online via the Constructionline website or for more information email

Minimum requirements

  • Constructionline level 3 gold membership including an SSIP accredited health and safety certificate
  • Active member of the Supply Chain Sustainability School and working towards bronze award
  • Cyber Essentials accreditation
  • All staff working on project will need to obtain security passes from the Houses of Parliament
  • All deliveries to be made on FORS silver vehicles
  • A completed non-disclosure agreement for this framework

However, should you not hold any of above please do not let this put you off submitting an expression of interest as Wates are committed to working with supply chain to meet these requirements.

Northern Estate. The Parliamentary Estate. London. Photograph by David Levene. 9/4/18

Project Commitments

  • The creation of more than 160 apprenticeships, along with support for schools and colleges
  • A new nationwide programme to train a new generation of heritage craftspeople such as stonemasons, traditional plasterers and joiners, who will be essential to delivering the programme successfully
  • A commitment to invest £1 million in Social Enterprises, giving them access to the project and providing a significant long-term boost for the sector
  • A commitment to put smaller businesses at the heart of this major heritage project, with a large proportion of Wates supply chain being made up of SMEs.