Family-owned construction, property services and development company the Wates Group has unveiled a series of organisational changes that it says will “intensify its focus on the opportunities that lie ahead in its key sectors”.
The announcement incorporates revisions to its structure along with a series of new executive appointments.
One of its changes is a “major commitment to housing” by growing its Wates Residential business. It will be established as a stand-alone business and Helen Bunch has been appointed as its executive managing director with immediate effect.
From 1 August, Wates Smartspace will become a division of Wates Property Services, joining Wates Living Space and Wates FM under the leadership of David Morgan, executive MD, Wates Property Services. The company says the move “reflects the Smartspace business strategy to have a more balanced public/private sector portfolio and should allow it to benefit from the group’s strong existing public sector relationships, as well as the opportunities to share skills and create cost efficiencies”.
Wates’ construction business will intensify its focus on design and offsite manufacturing, and strengthen its capabilities in complex sectors, such as healthcare. SES Engineering Services, Wates Building Services and Prism – Wates’ specialist off-site manufacturing facility – will be brought together under the umbrella of Wates Integrated Construction Services (WICS).
Rob Clifford, currently managing director of Wates Building Services, has been appointed managing director, WICS, reporting to Paul Chandler, who is executive director of construction.
Steve Joyce has been appointed managing director of SES, which will continue to provide its customers across the sector with the specialist M&E services on which its reputation is based. Together with Prism Design and Manufacturing Services, WICS will lead the group’s digital transition and adoption of Modern Methods of Construction.
The group has also appointed a strategy director, Steve Beechey, to the newly created position of group public sector director. David Brocklebank, executive MD of Developments, will oversee the continuing evolution of the division through the Wates Development Agency Service offer and the creation of a new Wates Partnerships business to generate turnkey opportunities.
Investment director Natalie Flint will continue to lead the growth of the Development Agency Service offer, helping customers to generate more value from their investments in housing and overseeing marketing and sales. Helen Rieman, former head of business development and partnerships at United Living, joins Wates Developments as partnerships director to help to identify, develop and fund housing, key worker, build to rent and senior living schemes where Wates can use its land, development, contracting, sales and facilities management capabilities to generate value across the entire life cycle of the assets it creates.
Chief executive David Allen said: “The last four months have challenged all of us in new ways. Working together, the team here at Wates has met those challenges with great ingenuity, determination and success. Our business and our strategy have been tested and have proved to be robust. We are now adjusting our structure to focus on the great opportunities that we believe lie ahead in our key sectors. These changes give us the best possible prospects of thriving in the current environment and once the coronavirus crisis has passed and we’re confident that our future direction is clear.”