|Industry||Engineering / Construction / Property Services / Residential Development / Facilities Management|
|James Wates CBE, Chairman|
David Allen, CEO
|Revenue||£1.62 billion (2017)|
|£47.2 million (2017)|
Number of employees
The Wates Group is one of the largest family owned construction, property services and development companies in the United Kingdom.
Established by Edward Wates in 1897, the company expanded into speculative housebuilding and general contracting in the 1920s and 1930s.During World War II, it was involved in building the Mulberry harbours. In March 2015, it was reported that Wates would take over most of the Shepherd Group's construction operations.
World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945. The vast majority of the world's countries—including all the great powers—eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. A state of total war emerged, directly involving more than 100 million people from more than 30 countries. The major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources. World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 70 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, the genocide of the Holocaust, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease, and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.
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The Shepherd Building Group Ltd. was one of the largest privately owned construction groups in the UK, but restructured in 2015 to focus on its Portakabin portable buildings businesses.
Two months later, it was confirmed that Wates would take over Shepherd Engineering Services (SES), Shepherd Facilities Management and various contracts held by its loss making Shepherd Construction arm (Wates refused to take on Shepherd’s problematic Colindale mixed residential and retail development), with some 1,200 staff transferring to Wates in September 2015.
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The Wates deal was concluded on 1 October 2015,being valued at £9.8m, with Shepherd booking a £2.8m profit after taking account of costs for the sale.
The group operates in three core areas: Construction, Property Services and Residential Developments. There is also Wates Giving, a charitable foundation which has given away circa £10 million since 2008.
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