Wates secures place on schools construction framework

Wates Team has already been appointed to 11 many of the Section for Education’s (DfE) brand new 2021 Building Framework (CF21).

Beneath the four-year framework, Wates Structure will continue steadily to deliver projects really worth £12 million and above in the Southern and North of England, and for the 1st time deliver Reduced Value Band (£500,000 to £6 million) tasks in the united states, alongside Wates Smartspace.

Wates is a key DfE provider since 2011 and will be their very first contractor Strategic Supplier Connection Management partner. Together with the brand new framework Wates happens to be delivering function via the DfE’s Contemporary Methods of Design (MMC-1) framework, in January 2020 that was awarded. These framework appointments place Wates in the centre of the Government’s technique including opening new totally free educational institutions, and their ambitious 10-year School Rebuilding Program.

Today’s announcement builds on Wates’ heritage among the country’s many prolific builders of institutions and universities in the country, which dates over 60 years back.


College stats
  • £2 billion of Wates delivered schools within the last 15 years
  • 120,000+ pupil places created/supported
  • 244 schools completed, including 75 (£900 million) via DfE frameworks
  • £400 million + of school projects in preconstruction or on site
  • currently

  • £15.2 million social value generated in 2020, including £7.6 million of Social Enterprise spend
  • 2,700 Apprenticeship weeks since 2017

Since Wates built its first school in 1961, it’s been at the forefront of innovation in educational design, including its industry leading ‘Adapt’ solution, a component-based school kit which deploys offsite manufacture to supply a far more sustainable and efficient approach to construction. In its third iteration now, Adapt has been used to create 64 schools successfully, saving waste and ensuring a frequent, high-quality approach.

The Group in addition has pioneered the development of Net Zero Carbon functioning (NZCiO) schools, with four Adapt-Zero (NZCiO) schools currently under construction in the North of England via the MMC-1 framework, demonstrating readiness for the CF21 framework NZCiO requirement.

Steve Beechey, Group Public Sector Director, said:  “We’re pleased with our record among the country’s leading school builders and excited to be appointed across multiple CF21 lots enabling us to keep and expand upon our long-standing, and successful partnership with the DfE, among our most significant customers.

“During the last a decade, our partnership has been built on the wonderful relationships we’ve developed with the DfE, its technical advisers, and the schools themselves.

“Our ongoing commitment to delivering the very best learning environments has seen us drive innovation in advanced standardisation, delivering the best social value and the tiniest environmental footprint – via the NZCiO environments now, where our next generation of teenagers shall learn.”

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