Wates Construction has announced plans to build two major office buildings in Leeds and London. The projects are worth over £140m to the family-owned business and will provide over two years work for the respective regional teams.
The Surrey headquarted house building and construction company has won the contract to build Central Square in Leeds and 12 Hammersmith Grove in London.
Together these two contracts have a combined value of £141m and will provide 2 years of work for the regional teams within this family-owned company.
Central Square is the larger project of the two and will deliver 280,000 sq ft Leeds office space. Roydhouse Properties of Huddersfield has given the go ahead for work to start in June, on one of the city’s most prominent but abandoned sites.
The vacant site along Wellington Street is close to Leeds railway station and was originally set to accommodate a 55-storey skyscraper.
The Lumiere project was designed by Ian Simpson Architects for the Leeds developer KW Linfoot. However, the financial crisis and the overly ambitious scheme forced the firm into administration.
Meanwhile, Wates’ London team has secured the contract to build the next phase of Hammersmith Grove project for Development Securities plc.
Wates also built the first phase (No. 10 Hammersmith Grove), which has already attracted high-quality tenants from the media industry. This success has given the developer the confidence to push on with No. 12 Hammersmith Grove on a speculative basis.
Richard Shroll, London & Kent director at Wates Construction, said:
“Our appointment to deliver 12 Hammersmith Grove is testament to the success of the first phase of the development, which Wates completed on time and on budget last year.”
The 11-storey glass building will provide 167,000 sq ft of Hammersmith office space above land that is owned by Transport for London.