Wates have expanded their business in the Southwest with their new sustainable hybrid office Newbury HQ, with a recruitment drive that will boost jobs in the local area

This follows a restructure for growth last year, which saw Richard Shroll appointed regional managing director for the South, as Wates Construction expands in the region to support customers in their local markets and contribute to an expected 30% growth across Wates Construction over the next five years.

The company is currently hiring for roles across the business, including a number of site-based roles, and will welcome 11 trainees and apprentices to its South of England team, supporting the company’s diversity and inclusion goals.

The new office is the first Wates has opened since the start of the pandemic and has been designed with new ways of working in mind.

As one of the first construction companies to support flexible working across its entire business last year, the building features several breakout spaces for wellbeing, including a golf putting green.

The biophilic design will increase occupant connectivity to the natural environment, by using natural conditions such as green and open spaces, and emphasises supporting employee mental health and

In line with Wates’ target to achieve zero waste and carbon by 2025, all furniture from the old office has been recycled using Recycled Office Solutions.

The relocation will support Wates in the delivery of major projects in the South West, including Project Brunel, an office building in Bristol’s rapidly growing Temple Quarter, as well as a new data hall at Ajax Avenue in Slough, and the redevelopment of several schools in the Thames Valley area for the Department for Education.

‘An innovative space built with sustainability and flexible working in mind’

Alec Jackman, regional director for Wates Construction in the Southwest, said: “Our new regional headquarters in Newbury is not only an innovative space built with sustainability and flexible working in mind, it is also a significant milestone that marks our growth ambition in the South West.

“We are working on some incredibly exciting projects in the region and this relocation will be pivotal in supporting their delivery, at the same time creating jobs for local people.”

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