Construction company announces regional restructure

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Wates Construction has created four new regional businesses, including one in Central England.

The company is the largest arm of the Wates Group, one of the UK’s leading family-owned construction, residential development, and property services companies.

It says the new structure will allow it to grow in all the geographies it operates in, serving customers in a wide range of sectors including healthcare, education, science, and technology.

It comes after Wates Group posted a record forward order book at the end of 2020, with Wates Construction working across the region on schools and universities, including Nottingham City Hub; commercial offices, such as at Platform 21 in New Street, Birmingham; housing, including the completion of Birmingham’s highest residential tower at Left Bank; and the state-of-the art competition-level swimming complex at Sandwell, Birmingham, due for completion in 2022.

The new Central business is one of four to be created in the reorganisation, with additional dedicated regional businesses in the North, South and London.

The Central business currently employs 251 people, and in the last year generated nearly £1m in social value; supported 237 apprenticeships; and created 198 jobs.

As part of the announcement, Wates Construction has appointed Helen Martin as the new managing director for the Central region.

She said: “I’m delighted to be joining Wates at such an exciting time in the growth of the business. The past year has demonstrated the resilience and capability within the Wates business, providing an exceptional platform for future growth and development.

“With the increased recognition of the role that the construction sector can play in driving sustainable economic growth I believe there is a huge opportunity for our teams across the region to play their part. I look forward to working with our customers, communities and local teams to deliver outstanding projects across the region.”