Wates Group Limited
Business Address: Wates Group Limited, Wates House, Station Approach, Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 7SW
About Wates Group Limited
Wates Group is a family-owned construction services company, whose values, long term vision and financial independence have enabled us to thrive throughout the economic ups and downs of more than a century.
Wates Group has a proud history as an independent family owned company. In 1897 Edward Wates and his three brothers set up the first Wates Company.
During the 1920s and 1930s Edward's sons, Norman, Sir Ronald and Allan, expanded the company by pioneering speculative house building and then extended their activities into general contracting.
During the Second World War, the company built aerodromes, army camps, factories and most notably, developed a speciality in constructing pre-cast and in situ reinforced concrete barges and floating docks. The company supplied major parts of the Mulberry Harbours that were towed across the Channel after D-Day.
After the War, the company used this knowledge of pre-cast concrete to develop high-rise and low-rise industrialised housing systems and built over 60,000 houses and flats using these techniques. Property development was also added to the core housing, contracting and plant businesses.
Today, Wates has more than 2,500 employees and 16 offices across the UK.