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Wates is working on a £3.8m contract to refurbish the West Front façade and West Steps of St Paul’s Cathedral, in time for the building’s 300th anniversary in 2008. Wates’s own history goes back to 1897 when the company was founded by two brothers to build houses. It now offers services ranging from interiors outfitting to construction contracting that amassed sales of £581m in 2003.

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Company details
Year2004
Rank51
CompanyWates
ActivityConstruction contractor
LocationSurrey
Sales £m*581
Profit £m*13
Year endDec 03
Principal shareholdersWates family (100%)
Staff1,601
Founded1897
Websitewww.wates.co.uk

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