Who are we?

Established in 1897 we are one of the leading privately-owned, construction, development and property services companies in the UK employing almost 4,000 people.

Our work is guided by the purpose of inspiring better ways of creating the places, communities and businesses of tomorrow.

Helping our customers create better buildings while leaving a positive legacy

Helping our customers create better buildings while leaving a positive legacy

We focus on issues important to our business, customers, supply chain and wider stakeholders:

  • Ensuring everyone’s health and safety
  • Having a positive impact on the environment
  • Investing in the local communities where we work
  • Promoting a more diverse and inclusive workforce
  • Delivering efficient and sustainable buildings for the future

Additional value is created on all Wates projects, by considering the broad range of social and environmental impacts for each of our Clients. Prioritising Social Value enables us to create a positive legacy. It aligns us with partners who are committed to social change and builds stronger and deeper relationships with our Clients, supply chain and wider stakeholders. Click here to see what we’ve done to date on Scape projects.

Our expertise

A family owned and financially secure construction business

With a strong balance sheet and over 120 years of family ownership, you can be certain that we are here for the long-term.


We have dedicated sector experts across the full range of services required by the public sector.


Wates have been recommended to be certified in ISO44001 for collaborative working.

In-house technical expertise

We have in-house cost planning, building services, design services, funding and development and sector specific experts.

Sector specific products

‘Adapt’ is our kit of parts design approach for schools to provide highly functional school designs that provide excellent value for money.

Designing the Promise

Designing the Promise provides a structured process that means we can deliver high quality, buildable designs that are technically compliant, on time and on budget.

Delivering the Promise

Delivering the promise is a cradle to grave process that allows us to understand our clients requirements from day one, develop great designs, deliver high quality products on site and provide market leading aftercare.

Client partnership

We have proven expertise in forming long term partnerships with our customers.