Wates Residential breaks ground on new housing scheme in UK

WCN Editorial Team 26 Nov 2018 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Wates Residential has broken ground on a £27m housing development at Shuttleworth Road in London as part of Wandsworth Council’s housing delivery programme to build 1,000 homes for Wandsworth residents.

The company develops mixed tenure housing schemes in partnership with public and private sector organisations.

Selected by the council earlier in 2018, Wates Residential has been undertaking preparatory works on the site since May 2018 and the scheme is expected to be completed in 2020.

The scheme will deliver 71 affordable new homes in the borough, with 68% targeted at families and an additional 11% to be wheelchair accessible with disabled parking bays.

All homes will be constructed according to the latest design standards, and will be energy-efficient and have a range of built-in safety features, including sprinkler systems.

While the social housing that is demolished as part of the regeneration will be replaced, the new homes will be additional, affordable homes and not a replacement.

The completion of the new homes will support the borough’s wider Winstanley and York Road Estates regeneration programme.

Wates Residential and Wandsworth Council have jointly pledged to provide employment and training opportunities for local residents, including on-site apprenticeships, work experience placements and structured training programmes.

Meanwhile, construction engineering company SES Engineering Services (SES) has won a £8.2m contract to support the delivery of Viridor’s £252m resource recovery centre in Avonmouth, Bristol.

Wates acquired SES Engineering Services in 2015.

Under the contract, to be delivered in partnership with Clugston Construction, SES will provide mechanical and electrical (M&E) works at the 34,000ft² site, including containment, lighting, small power, access control, ICT, CCTV, domestic water services, sanitary ware, above ground drainage, cooling, and mechanical ventilation.

The centre will process waste to create energy for the national grid. It is expected to generate 32MWe of energy, enough to power 44,000 homes, and save 320,000 tonnes of waste from entering landfill.

The bottom ash residue will be reused for construction aggregate.

Construction has already begun, and SES will begin work on site in January 2019 with hot commissioning scheduled to commence in October 2019, and full completion in February 2020.

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Image: Wates Residential has broken ground on a housing development at Shuttleworth Road in London. Photo: Courtesy of Wates.

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