Wates Construction


Wonky Fruit for the Workforce

Published 17 December 2019 | No comments
Written by Denise Southard
CategoriesCanteen Healthy lifestyle advice
The site team at Knowles House order our fruit from Oddbox, a company that supplies fruit and vegetables that would otherwise go to waste because of imperfections in shape, meaning that supermarkets won’t sell them. Oddbox is committed to operating in the most socially and environmentally responsible way, and will re-invest a majority of its profits to further the mission...

RPE Stand

Published 9 December 2019 | No comments
Written by Kelly Howard
CategoriesInitiatives Occupational health risks Posters PPE Risk information
We have setup a Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) stand and folder in our welfare area. The whole point of the RPE Stand is to show what happens if you are not clean shaven or not inside the mask area. It also has a summary of different facial styles and if they are considered to be compatible with RPE. When using...


Published 25 November 2019 | No comments
Written by Max Jenkinson
CategoriesBehaviour Campaigns Controls Identification of near misses Inspections Management Supervision
Shout5 is an initiative in which during the working day, an egg timer is started on site. In the given five minutes, Supervisors, Operatives or Managers are able to all stand still and observe the working environment. Any environmental, safety or quality potential issues can then be picked up, observed and then completed. This initiative can then be used daily,...

On Site CITB Hub

Published 15 October 2019 | No comments
Written by Adam Cannon
CategoriesCareers advice Colleges Schools
Last year the Government awarded £1million in funding to partners in Nottingham to launch construction academies with Nottingham College. Partners from Nottingham College, Nottingham City Council, Nottingham City Homes, Nottingham Jobs, Nottingham Futures, Wates Construction and the Woodhead Group launched the Building Skills for Construction project on Thursday 4 July 2019. The new CITB cabin has been installed within the...

Wates Health and Wellbeing Programme

Published 10 September 2019 | No comments
Written by Nick West
CategoriesHealthy lifestyle advice Recreation Worker fatigue
The Wates Team at Lillie Square Phase 2 have introduced an area within our welfare facilities as a health and wellbeing station. We have purchased running machines, a cross trainer, rowing machines and bikes as well as providing external, maintained garden space. We have provided other training apparatus for our Site Teams to use, from resistance bands to skipping ropes....

Weekly Step Challenge

Published 8 October 2018 | No comments
Written by Chris Kirby
CategoriesHealth screening Healthy lifestyle advice Recreation
After a team member was highlighted to a health issue from the use of a smart watch heart and step monitor, the team at Murray Park decided to introduce a site campaign for the workforce to monitor their activity with the use of a step monitor. All the site team bought a smart watch and we had step monitors available...

Bees and Blooms

Published 24 August 2018 | No comments
Written by Aggie Kelsey
CategoriesEnclosures First Impressions standards Initial impressions Schools Wildlife
Our site is located directly opposite Ravensbury Primary School which means that whenever the students are out playing on their breaks they can see all the activity of the site. On site and at the school we have both done a lot of work regarding the Manchester Bee. Ourselves and the school have both highlighted the historic association of the...

Supporting the Recruitment of Youth Leaders in the Local Area

Published 13 August 2018 | No comments
Written by Denise Southard
CategoriesCharities/organisations Legacy Support
The ARC youth club is a located on the Alexandra and Ainsworth Estate, very near to the Wates site in Camden. The ARC supports young people aged 9 – 19 from the Alexandra and Ainsworth Estate and surrounding areas by helping them to achieve their potential as confident, capable young adults through a structured programme of activities ranging from football,...

Interview Workshops for Women Returning to Work

Published 6 August 2018 | No comments
Written by Denise Southard
CategoriesCareers advice Community liaison
We hosted an Interview Workshop for women returners who have been out of work for a long period of time at SHAK Community Centre on the Ainsworth Estate, Kilburn London The women have passed interpersonal skills and CV writing course at South Hampstead And Kilburn Community Centre but were worried about going for interviews. We liaised with the Facilities Manager...

Green Team Initiative

Published 6 August 2018 | No comments
Written by Denise Southard
CategoriesEfficient energy use Recycle
The Green team at Abbey Road Phase 1 is working on a few initiatives beyond the standard ISO 14001 waste and energy reductions that will be realistic and achievable for a company of this size. Using open discussion, participating in talks and attending various courses to learn more and taking the lead in sustainability and environment, the Green Team have...

Magnetic Wristband

Published 6 August 2018 | No comments
Written by Denise Southard
CategoriesFalling debris Initiatives
A magnetic wrist band which is embedded with super strong magnets has been given to operatives for holding metal fixings. This is to be used when working at height adjacent to a leading edge to help minimise small fixings from falling from height. This also enables the sub-contractor to have both hands free while working.

Collaborative Planning and RAMS Challenging 1 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 5

Published 25 July 2018 | No comments
Written by Denise Southard
CategoriesRAMS review Supply chain Supply chain engagement
We hold weekly meetings with all supply chain members due to carry out work on site in the next four weeks and use Collaborate Planning to produce short-term look ahead plans of all activities and actions that need to happen in the next 4 weeks Supply chain members identify their activities, with resource and time period and capture what needs...

Project Impact Report 1 vote, average: 3.00 out of 51 vote, average: 3.00 out of 51 vote, average: 3.00 out of 51 vote, average: 3.00 out of 51 vote, average: 3.00 out of 5

Published 20 July 2018 | No comments
Written by Denise Southard
CategoriesCorporate Social Responsibility action plan Updates
The Abbey Area Phase 1 redevelopment project is focused on the area around the junction of Abbey Road and Belsize Road. Phase 1 involved the demolition of an underused multi-storey car park to deliver new housing and commercial facilities. In conjunction with the London Borough of Camden a Project Impact Report for this major development was created and issued updating...

Custom Made Excavator 1 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 5

Published 11 June 2018 | No comments
Written by Sally Kinchin
CategoriesPlant and machinery Vehicle enhancements
The site team needed to construct a large basement on a confined site with difficult ground conditions that comprised a high water table and heavy clay. This required a barrier to be created through a temporary sheet piled cofferdam perimeter. A common problem caused by this is that the soil is retained in the sheet pile which creates the risk...

Wills, Power of Attorney and Inheritance Tax Talks

Published 29 May 2018 | No comments
Written by Jacqueline Hillyer
CategoriesBusinesses Consultants Consultation
Due to the many changes we go through in life, especially in these days of divorces, remarriages and people now living longer, the legal side of all of this can sometimes be unclear, and can lead to stress and anxiety. It was therefore considered important to provide easy access to good advice for our workforce on these matters. We arranged...