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We provide a simple, compliant procurement route for local authority-owned private companies, charitable bodies, joint venture partnerships and special purpose vehicles.

England, Wales, Northern Ireland & East Midlands and East of England

£0 - £10m

£7.5m - £100m


Expires July 2025

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Wates Group is one of the largest privately-owned construction, development and property services companies in the UK, winners of Building’s ‘Major Contractor of the Year’ and recipient in 2016 of Queen's Award for Enterprise: Sustainable Development, for the second time in their history.

Established in 1897, and now in the fourth generation of family ownership, Wates’ family shareholders are committed to the future of the business, growing the Wates Group in a sustainable way over the long term, with a view to handing over to the next generation.

Supporting community investment

Wates is one of just 50 companies to hold the Business in The Community (BiTC) Community Mark - the UK’s only national standard for community investment - being reaccredited in 2016 with a 94% BiTC CSR index score. In 2016, they employed almost 100 apprentices and supported over 1000 young people through their award-winning Building Futures programme.

Commitment to Social Enterprise

Wates employs around 4,000 people and works with more than 10,000 supply-chain operatives and SME partners to successfully deliver their projects throughout the UK.

In 2016, they launched the industry’s first national Social Enterprise brokerage in partnership with Social Enterprise UK (SEUK) and were Highly Commended in the Buy Social Market Builder Awards. In 2016, 74% of their sites employed a Social Enterprise and they spent a total of £2.13m with the sector.

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The Wates difference

Wates provide a full project management service, taking care of everything from the original development of your project brief, through initial planning, to design and construction and a full service handover. They have a proven track record in core public sector markets: education, custody, heritage, civic offices, leisure, defence, housing and industrial.

With access to the latest academic thinking and in-house research and development networks, their teams find the most innovative and creative ways to deliver outstanding buildings. Their innovative Adapt School Solution has delivered more than 40 schools across the UK, bringing clients huge benefits in time, cost and quality.

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Northern Ireland delivery

McLaughlin & Harvey has been selected by Wates as its SCAPE approved delivery partner in Northern Ireland.

For more than 160 years McLaughlin & Harvey has combined traditional values with innovation. With offices in Belfast, McLaughlin & Harvey operates across Northern Ireland, in sectors including healthcare, education, industrial, retail, sports, transport, marine, energy and leisure.

Creating a positive impact on the communities and environments in which they work is embedded in their way of doing business, along with building collaborative relationships and adopting a partnership approach to the way they engage with all clients.

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If you're starting a privately funded construction project, contact us to discover how Wates can deliver real value.

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Why SCAPE procurement?

Designed with a clear sustainability mandate and incorporating financial, environmental and social measures, our frameworks are the embodiment of responsible procurement. Our team will ensure:

  • Responsible and compliant procurement

  • Actively-managed frameworks

  • Project risk and legal support

  • Value-for-money and sustainable outcomes

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